Inspired by Nike’s top of the line $200 and up performance runners like the Zoom Vaporfly Elite and 4%, the Zoom Pegasus Turbo employs the brand’s new ZoomX foam.
Equipped with Nike’s lightest foam — a single men’s size 10 shoe weighs 8.4 ounces while a women’s 8 is 6.9 ounces — ZoomX should deliver 85% energy return, the most of any Nike foam to date, according to the brand.
What has been left off of the $180 Zoom Pegasus Turbo is the carbon fiber springplate found in the Zoom VaporFly Elite and 4%. According to Nike, the plate was left out because it added stiffness and propulsion — which is great for race day — but may not be suitable for runners that want everyday use out of the Zoom Pegasus Turbo.
With a 10mm offset and 12mm forefoot stack, Nike claims that the new Zoom Pegasus Turbo will help runners store more energy. Like the Zoom Pegasus 35 and all of Nike’s top-tier performance runners, the Zoom Pegasus Turbo features the curved-away heel collar (to avoid rubbing the Achilles) and the sharp wedge at the heel of the midsole. It also gets a massive Swoosh that extends onto the midsole and a racing stripe up the middle (everybody knows racing stripes make things faster).
The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo will be available on July 19 for NikePlus members in the U.S., China, Japan, Germany, U.K., and Brazil via the Nike and NRC apps. In France, Italy, and the Netherlands it will be available via the Nike app only, according to Nike.
The Zoom Pegasus Turbo will release globally on August 2 at nike.com and select retailers for $180.
The real question for runners will be whether ZoomX is worth the $60 extra over the full-length Zoom Air and Cushlon set up in $120 Zoom Pegasus 35. Let us know what you think in the comments below.