Based on the immediate success of the Vaporfly 4% (the commercially available version of Nike’s “Breaking 2” racing shoe), it was only a matter of time before we saw its ZoomX foam rolled into other shoes. First up: the Pegasus 35 Turbo.
Runners are no stranger to the name Pegasus; that workhorse shoe is on its 35th iteration. For decades, the Peg has been a do-it-all model that can handle high mileage as well as it can upticks in speed. But, that daily trainer is a bit too heavy and a little too soft to really be used for any kind of speedwork. This all-new “Peg Turbo” is designed to keep that legendary fit and feeling, but delivers the lightweight sensation of a racing flat.
To do so, Nike gave it the aforementioned lightweight foam, which is exceptionally springy. In the Runner’s World Shoe Lab, we found its energy return to be on par with shoes using Adidas’s Boost midsole. That’s going to deliver you a bouncy, fast sensation underfoot, even though Zoom X is much lighter than Boost.
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