In the last few weeks, I have had the privilege of reviewing four highly rated shoes from established brands. Granted, no pair of shoes are perfect, but over time, I have developed my preferences, and the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo is one of two models that have seen significant mileage since I got my hands (or feet) on them.
When it comes to performance shoes, I pursue function over form. To me, what good is a pair of good looking so-called performance shoes if it cannot meet its functional intent – whether it makes the runner run faster or in better comfort? However, if the shoes perform as claimed, and it looks chic, then it becomes a bonus. This is indeed the case with the Pegasus Turbo.
The launch colourway of barely grey with hot punch stripe running through from the top of the tongue all the way down to below the forefoot is a definite head turner. I would typically save my performance running shoes for the track or the park runs, but wanted to have a bit more fun with this new Pegasus Turbo.
On planes, trains and as sneakers in malls, I noticed the curious looks and second glances on this pair of shoes. It is different from other Nike models; I think its aesthetic innovation lies in its design simplicity.
Performance In The Real World
This Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo is touted as your go-to distance training shoes. The Zoom X foam, complimented by the React foam, is designed to provide cushioning and stability for your long runs. The Pegasus Turbo is positioned for training, and to be paired with the Zoom Vaporfly 4% for race days. But the Vaporfly 4% – with its carbon fibre plate sandwiched between foams – is not readily available and is at a different price point.
Additionally, it is worth to note that this Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo shares a common namesake in “Pegasus”, with the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 (Peg 35) being launched two months earlier. For those unfamiliar, Pegasus is Nike’s perennial favourite long distance daily trainers. So, to launch a Turbo version carries some speed intent, perhaps.
On the go, the Pegasus Turbo is light and comfortable. In Tokyo, I had a short two-mile run, followed by a longer five-kilometre run as part of the launch festivities. In Singapore, I clocked a ten-kilometre and a few shorter interval training runs. And in Bangkok, I managed to squeeze in my personal best timing over two loops at the running crazy Lumpini Park. Enough said, I reckon.
The Pegasus Turbo does not really need a break in. It’s soft and flexible from the start. Its toe box is unusually wide by Nike standards, which is a big plus point for me. The lace holes are designed with six eyelets, and thus does no dramas for heel slippages nor black toenails. The long runs were done with relative ease at my snail’s pace 5:00, and it is easy to take things for granted that my feet should be painless and blister-free after each run.
I also had the opportunity compare the Pegasus Turbo with the Peg 35 – with both shoes on size US 10. For a 10 kilometre run, I feel that the latter offers more breathability, has a firmer bounce and a noticeable narrower toe box.
In my opinion, both shoes are equally capable, with the Pegasus Turbo having the slight edge for a personal best on race day. The real dealmaker for me is the fit, but that is because I have rather broad feet. I suggest you would need to head to a retail store and give it a good try before purchase.
- Awesome design. Is a sure talking point among sneaker fanatics and curious onlookers alike.
- Bouncy and comfortable. Zoom X foam does wonders for long distance runs.
- Wide toe box design may be a dealmaker, feels very much an Asian cut.
- The mesh design seems to offer less breathability compared to the fabric knits, which is an irony for long distance shoes.
- Price is at least 20% more than the Peg 35, which is an already capable pair of shoe.
Should You Buy?
Before you ponder endlessly, do consider that the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo (S$259) will have limited distribution at retail launch. And that just means that you would need to consider yourself lucky to grab yourself a pair. Head down to Nike Paragon (Singapore), JD Pavilion (Malaysia) and Nike SQ1 and CRC Supersports Central World (Thailand) from 2nd August if like me, you would like to give it a try before you make the purchase. Or you can head straight to Nike.com for your e-shopping.
If you need only a pair of Nike long distance trainers, then this is it. There are two colour options: black/white and barely grey/hot punch. If you and I share the same taste, you would know which colourway is the no-brainer option.