Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 Review
I said in an earlier review of the first version of this shoe, that the Zoom Pegasus Turbo may be the best shoe I have ever owned. That feeling has now been cemented. The exhaustive Research & Development that Nike puts into its products really shines in this release. Everything about this shoe is better than the previous release. I was really looking forward to running in these when spring rolled around. Then the world was told to stay indoors. To be fair, you could still go for runs in a generally safe manner; but, my overly cautious self kept my running to indoors. We actually got a treadmill to make it easy to maintain a fitness routine. I will have a review of that equipment in another post.
DESIGN & FEEL
This shoe came out with essentially the same look as last year’s release. There were, however, some minor tweaks which seem to borrow from the Flyknit line of shoes. The tongue, stitching around the opening, and the materials on the upper all remind of the Flyknit versions of Nike shoes. All of these changes are welcome adjustments too. They combine to create a shoe that is almost lighter than air. The only thing of real weight on these shoes is the sole.
The Zoom X sole and tread pattern have not changed at all, and that consistency is a good thing. It was already coming in as one of the top shoes among the fast and competitive athletes. This shoe is considered by Nike as the training version of the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%, that the top athletes race in. Nonetheless, for the majority of runners, the Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 is still the Ferrari of running shoes.
The primary change to the upper is the addition of a mid foot band that helps keep the foot solidly in place at any speed. They also used a lofted mesh material with translucent properties. The heel material is flexible and allows for easy slipping in and out of when the shoe is laced. I really don’t know how the got the tongue to be so lightweight but still maintain a reliable solidity. I often forget that it is even there. I also like the new lacing system that staggers twin eye holes on either side. It really makes for a solid fit around the foot.
FEATURES & PERFORMANCE
As always, I run, walk, and workout in these shoes to get a feel for how they work in all conditions. This time I had the luxury of doing some testing on a new treadmill that mimics road feel both in the auto-inclining and belt tension settings. To be sure, this shoe was built for running and at pace. So, as far as walking and training, it won’t go as far as say a cross-training pair of On Cloud shoes or similar. Nonetheless, my feedback is below on every mode of use.
What can I say, they perform as advertised. I ran on the treadmill using three different types of runs. A track/speed workout, a long & flat (8+ mile) run, and steady tempo run with rolling inclines. No grip or support loss with these in any of those scenarios. They performed especially well in the long workout. The Zoom X sole really does a great job of transferring foot strike energy from the front of the shoe, up through the rest of the shoe and leg.
Outside, they do quite well. Although the tread is not ideal on wet, oily, or trail surfaces. On smooth and dry concrete or asphalt they fly. If you are not in those conditions most of the year, I would consider something with better grip in all scenarios. Additionally, the sole did well agains the harder asphalt and concrete. My legs maintained their freshness even on long runs. The shoes are likely not good for over 300 miles of use, but those 300 won’t feel horrible.
We generally walk a around a lot; especially when the world goes into quarantine. I would say we put 50 miles of walking on these within a couple of weeks. They are just fine on long and short walks. Though I recommend just using a different pair of old trainers that are near retirement instead. Better to direct miles on these shoes solely for running. You won’t see any performance boosts or comfort benefits in them when out for a walk. But I don’t do competitive speed/race walking so I can’t be 100% sure. Regardless, the styling at least makes them a pair of joggers that look good in workout or causal clothes when out for a walk.
We set up a TRX system in our Garage Gym that is anchored into studs in the wall. We added gym floor matting that is 1 inch thick, with criss crossing grip mounds throughout. So I used this setup to try and get in a good cross training workout in these shoes to report against. The shoes slim profile starts to work against it when it comes to this type of training.
The best summary I can make for using these shoes for athletic training is, unnoticeably adequate. Meaning, not good, not great, you will forget they were there. The best improvement is that the shoe does not feel as narrow as before and therefore lateral movements feel a lot better. That is probably a positive offshoot of the new mid foot band that keeps your foot locked in place. Ultimately, this is a great shoe for almost any purpose.
Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 - Summary
|9 out of 10||Lightweight||Price > $180|
|Highly Responsive Sole||Heel Design Could Be Better|
|Good for Any Distance and Running Style||Durability|
Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 - Product ComparisonI’ll stick to comparing these shoes against the last few running shoes I owned. The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 1, On Cloud Swift and Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36.
|CATEGORY||vs. Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2018||vs. On Cloud Swift||vs. Nike Zoom Pegasus 36|
|Style:||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2|
|Running Use:||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2|
|Walking Use:||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Cloud Swift||Zoom Pegasus 36|
|Training Use:||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Cloud Swift||Zoom Pegasus 36|
|Feel:||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2|
|Durability:||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Cloud Swift||Zoom Pegasus 36|
|Weight:||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2|