Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo

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With just one look at the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo, most can tell that this shoe was made for speed. Though it’s not necessarily a racing shoe, it’s specially designed to give the wearer enough power for long distance runs. Its durable outsole is tapered up and pointed at the back for greater balance and security. Its breathable translucent mesh upper follows this design with a tapered collar to prevent chaffing and comes in a variety of eye-catching color options. But its most functional feature is its ZoomX midsole, made from the brand’s most lightweight and responsive technology. This soft unit cushions the underfoot and transfers each impact into an added bounce that keeps the runner going.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Eye-catching design

-Versatile wear

-Fits true to size

-Responsive cushioning

-Lightweight and breathable

Cons

-Expensive price tag

-Lacks durability

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We have spent 2 hours analyzing a total of 84 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

Positive
  • For a lot of Nike fans, these exceeded their expectations of Nike running shoes.
  • The midsole has plenty of cushion but remains lightweight.
  • Runners say these work well for short to long distance.
  • Buyers have used these for marathon training with good results.
  • The colorway is popular with some unique and bold options.
  • The shape of the sole promotes a smooth gait.
  • The upper has a bit more structure than on some other Nike runners.
  • The React foam provides cushion without being too soft. It helps to reduce the impact from road running.
  • Runners report good results using these at different speeds.
  • Several buyers note that these are good for recovery runs.
  • The tongue is comfortably sized.
  • There are no reports of ankle rub or hot spots.
  • These provide a decent amount of traction in dry or wet conditions.
  • There are improvements in the lacing from other shoes in the Pegasus line.
  • If you like a toe box that stretches with movement but has a structured, snug fit; you may like this design.
  • Most buyers say they are pleased with the level of responsiveness.
  • The design is unique and bold. Buyers claim they get a lot of compliments on the style.
Negative
  • Being a newly released shoe design, there are limited buyer reviews available.
  • A common complaint from buyers is the price tag. Even for Nike, these are expensive for running shoes.
  • Despite the steep price, buyers have seen issues with durability. There are reports of quick wear on the outsole.
  • Several buyers claim the foam on the heel separates within the first couple hundred miles of use.
  • There are mixed reviews on the sizing. It may be necessary to size up a half to full size.
  • Some of the colors do not match the online descriptions very well. One example is the white appearing more gray in person.
  • The midsole may crease with use.
  • There are mixed reviews on the breathability. Although the upper has some ventilation, the stripe overlay and padding on the collar reduce the overall air flow.
  • This design is not great for people with wide feet.
  • If you prefer a toe box that allows a little wiggle room, these will feel too narrow for you.
  • The material of the upper is not as comfortable and light as some other Nike running lines.
  • Due to the quick popularity, there are some limits in available sizes.
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Of the 84 reviews we found in total, 19% were negative, and 81% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The unusual design of the Zoom Pegasus Turbo's outsole is as functional as it is stylish. Most of it is built the traditional way, but it begins to taper up at around the mid-ankle and comes to a point at the heel. This is meant to stabilize the foot and encourage a correct yet natural gait cycle. The entire forefoot and heel of the outsole are comprised of carbon rubber for increased durability, while the midfoot area is made from the brand's React foam to stabilize the midsole unit. Its tread pattern is made up entirely of pentagon-shaped gripping lugs for a secure run across everyday surfaces.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Zoom Pegasus Turbo's entire midsole unit is comprised of ZoomX foam, Nike's lightest and most responsive technology. Aside from providing the runner with greater speed and comfort, it also gives 85% energy return for an incredibly bouncy wear that still feels grounded. Long distance runners appreciate this, as it keeps them continuously powered up as they speed on for miles and miles. It's also specially engineered to be softer at the heel to ensure greater cushioning and a more comfortable ride.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Translucent mesh has been used to construct the Zoom Pegasus Turbo's upper, providing the runner with even more airflow and greater speed than that of its predecessor. Its inner-sleeve's seamless construction ensures comfort and breathability without the risk of irritations. The low-cut collar is formed into a curved shape and tapers out, mirroring the outsole, to prevent any rubbing or chaffing. The lacing system features sturdy Flywire cables that are attached to the midsole unit, acting as a midfoot cage to give the runner a secure yet customizable fit. A thin internal heel counter is fixed into the back to keep the foot further stabilized.
Weight
Weight

Weight

When it comes to the Zoom Pegasus Turbo, men's sizes round out at 10 oz. while women's sizes average in at just under 7 oz. This makes it a noticeably lighter model than the average running shoe. While it may not be intended for racing or other types of competitive sports, reviewers still say that its lightness definitely helps them out during their long distance runs. Not only does it keep the runner moving along securely without feeling cumbersome at any time, but it also enables them to reach their highest speed possible.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Though its predecessor, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus, was already very breathable, the Zoom Pegasus Turbo gives the runner completely unrestricted airflow thanks to its transluscent mesh upper. Other than adding to its already lightweight wear, and encouraging greater speed, it's able to target hotspot from all angles. This results in faster and more continuous temperature and moisture control, keeping the runner cool and dry even during long distance runs. And, along with the shoe's seamless construction and tapered collar, it ensures a reduced risk of irritations and blisters.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Without a doubt, the Zoom Pegasus Turbo's greatest selling point is its extremely comfortable wear. Its ZoomX midsole unit gives runners the most lightweight and responsive wear that Nike can offer. It enables them to power through long distance runs while greatly reducing the amount of pain and fatigue they'd feel at the end. Runners appreciate that its softer wear at the heel gives them greater cushiony comfort without sacrificing the added bounce that they need. Its translucent upper gives unrestricted breathability for greater temperature and moisture control, while its seemless construction provides a smooth wear that won't cause foot irritations. And the tapered design of its collar won't rub against the heel and cause any kind of chaffing.
Style
Style

Style

Other than its incredible comfort, reviewers are also more than happy with how stylish the Zoom Pegasus Turbo is. Runners say that this shoe works just as well in casual settings at it does on a jog or at the gym, and it also pairs well with a number of different looks. The tapered heel and collar add to its sleek look. Nike's signature logo is featured prominantly on either side, and a single bold stripe runs down and wraps around the toes onto the outsole. Both men's and women's sizes are featured in the same very striking colorways that form a sort of gradient effect. A Barely Grey/Hot Punch/White version is a very popular choice, as is a Black/Oil Grey/Gunsmoke/Vast Grey option. Other colorways include Mica Green/Crimson Tint/Faded Spruce/Light Silver and Blackened Blue/Flash Crimson/Black/Orange Peel.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Though most reviewers are very happy with the Zoom Pegasus Turbo, several agree that its biggest downfall is its lack of sturdiness. Across all online platforms, runners have claimed that the sole unit would either start to separate or come off completely after only a few weeks of wear. Most say that the damage starts as a small split in the heel, which only gets worse each time the shoe is worn. Others say that they have noticed holes or tears in the upper, even on the day it was delivered. Both the shoe's outsole and Flywire cables are still able to hold up to any length of wear. But needless to say, a number of runners have concluded that this model was designed more for aesthetics than for long-term function.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Though the Zoom Pegasus Turbo was designed more for style and speed, it's still able to keep the runner protected against a number of everyday hazards. Its pentagon-shaped gripping lugs provide a firm and secure grasp on the roads underneath, enabling the runner to keep powering through for miles. The responsive nature of its ZoomX midsole cushions the underfoot and gives a much-needed bounce to each stride as it safeguards against chronic pain and fatigue. Its translucent mesh upper gives complete breathability to stave off foot odor and infections. And its narrow heel counter and the Flywire cables in its lacing system work together to ensure that the foot stays in place all day.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Zoom Pegasus Turbo's highly responsive nature is thanks almost entirely to its ZoomX midsole unit. Made from a foam that's traditionally used in the aerospace industry, it completely absorbs each impact and converts it into an 85% energy return for an incredible bounce that still lets the runner feel grounded. This enables them to power through their runs and push themselves even further when traveling long distances. As an added bonus, it's also very flexible and can easily move along with the runner's natural gait cycle.
Support
Support

Support

Any good long distance running shoe has to offer the runner a great deal of support in order to keep them going. This is one of several qualities that makes the Zoom Pegasus Turbo such an ideal choice for extended running sessions. The unusual design of the outsole keeps the heel supported and balanced throughout the day. Its ZoomX midsole unit is softer at the heel to provide more supportive cushioning where it's most needed, yet it's still firm enough that it doesn't sacrifice any level of responsiveness. And the design of the upper, along with Flywire cables acting as a midfoot cage, make sure that the top of the foot is completely secure.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

All reviews and product listings indicate that the Zoom Pegasus Turbo is meant strictly for everyday surfaces, especially on roads and sidewalks. Runners frequently use this shoe for both long-distance and casual runs across cement and concrete. And a fair amount also says that it works just as well at any indoor fitness center, particularly when running on the treadmill. Its lightweight and responsive construction keep the runner moving freely in open areas, while the pentagon-shaped lugs of its outsole ensure a secure grip without wearing down.
Price
Price

Price

At $180 across several online retailers, including Nike's own website, the Zoom Pegasus Turbo is incredibly expensive. Some of the brand's enthusiasts would definitely find the shoe's performance level, comfortable wear, and versatile usage well worth its high price tag. However, several reviews indicating its poor durability are enough to scare away many potential buyers. Those who are still interested in purchasing this model should do so from a reputable listing on Amazon or eBay, to ensure a much lower price, or from a retailer with a very good return policy.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Though not many reviews give a whole lot of detail about the Zoom Pegasus Turbo's level of traction, they still indicate that this shoe provides a secure grip on most everyday surfaces. Its tread pattern is comprised entirely of pentagon-shaped gripping lugs that grasp onto rough cement and concrete to keep the runner moving along securely for miles. However, there's no indication of how well this shoe can perform on wet surfaces or dirt roads. And its reported lack of sturdiness already makes it unfit for more rugged terrains.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Runners find the Zoom Pegasus Turbo to be extremely easy to move around in. Aside from its soft cushioning and high levels of responsiveness, its ZoomX midsole is also engineered to be incredibly pliable. And its translucent mesh upper easily adapts to the runner's movements to ensure a comfortable wear and very smooth foot transitions. A few online reviews do warn of some stiffness during the initial break-in period, but it quickly wears off and becomes more flexible after only a few wears.
Stability
Stability

Stability

On the surface, the Zoom Pegasus Turbo doesn't look like a very stabilizing piece of footwear. Though it doesn't come with any obvious corrective features, it's still designed to keep the runner secure and steady as they go on for miles. Aside from encouraging greater speed, the tapered heel design also balances the foot and ensures a more aligned gait cycle. The ZoomX midsole's responsive engineering enables the runner to keep going more miles without having to worry about sudden pain or fatigue. And its translucent mesh upper is outfitted with a Flywire cable midfoot cage and thin internal heel counter to really lock the foot in place.
Drop
Drop

Drop

With a heel height of 28mm and a toe height of 18mm, the Zoom Pegasus Turbo features the average running shoe drop-height of 10mm. This standard measurement ensures the wearer that they'll be given plenty of heel cushioning yet won't have their natural gait cycle disrupted. Though shoes meant for rougher terrains typically have low or zero drops in order to give the runner a better balance, these shoes are meant for average runners moving across everyday surfaces.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Unique tapered heel design
-Carbon rubber/React foam outsole
-ZoomX midsole technology
-Breathable translucent mesh upper
-Lacing system with Flywire cables
-Lightweight and versatile wear
-Expensive $180 price tag
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, runners seem to be extremely satisfied with how the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo looks and feels. Its tapered heel and collar are both stylish and functional, ensuring a smoother run and less irritation. The same can be said for its translucent mesh upper, which comes in several appealing colorways as it provides unrestricted airflow. Yet this shoe would not be nearly as popular if it did not include its ZoomX midsole, which gives comfortable and responsive cushioning as it enables the runner to power through for miles. Some reviewers do indicate that it could have been engineered to be much sturdier, and others can't quite justify its expensive price tag. Still, those who are happy with this model are more than satisfied with all the uses they can get from it.