Slip your foot into the Air Zoom Pegasus Turbo, and it is hard to miss the highlight changes. This has a wide and roomy toe box, which should be comfortable for anyone who doesn’t find narrow body shoes comfortable. Secondly, the ZoomX foam feels incredibly lightweight and matches the Epic React foam—the Air Zoom Pegasus Turbo weighs 238 grams while the Epic React Flyknit (around Rs15,995) weighs 239 grams. There are Flywire cables running along the sides, which helps keep the foot stable once you are laced up and ready for action. Considering this is a roomier shoe than most, you might need to lace up a tad more securely to prevent that slight foot roll inside the shoe.
Where the ZoomX differs from the React foam is in terms of the responsiveness. While the latter is more tuned towards a very supple response, the former offers a bit more in terms of bounce-back. This is also because the Air Zoom Pegasus Turbo is tuned more for running, and the periodical energy response from the foam beneath your foot helps with the launch and subsequent toe-to-heel and heel-to-toe transitions. What also helps with responsiveness is that the Air Zoom Pegasus Turbo has a two-part mid-sole foam, and not a single full-length Zoom Air bag like the Pegasus 35.
There really is no “break-in” period with the Air Zoom Pegasus Turbo. It feels the same in the first minute as it does after some amount of usage on various types of surfaces. This is good to go from the outset, and that is perhaps very valuable for runners. The shoe has a 10mm offset, which is pretty much the standard with most running shoes.
The upper of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus Turbo is actually a two layer construction. On the inside, and snugging your foot, is the very breathable fabric. Above that fabric, and what you touch from the outside, is a very fine mesh. Then there is the large racing stripe running the length of the shoe. The stripe is perhaps the most visible in the orange colourway option. That said, it is easy to get fine dust lodged between the mesh and the fabric, particularly if you run on fine sand.
Over the past year, Nike has released some running shoes that have reset the benchmarks in their respective categories. The Zoom Fly and the Epic React Flyknit are two that spring to mind immediately. The Air Zoom Pegasus Turbo actually doesn’t try to redesign the wheel, but learns from its elder siblings, trying to meld the best of each—it is a bit of the Epic React, a bit of the Zoom Fly and a bit of the Pegasus all along. Mostly, it has been a successful exercise—the asthetics, the ZoomX foam, the roomy construction and the improved Flywire implementation all combine to make this a great alternative to the very elusive Nike VaporFly 4% shoes, and they are worth that little extra you pay over the Air Zoom Pegasus 35, for instance. This is a shoe that is designed for up-tempo runs, and doesn’t try to play a futile balancing act between that and easy runs.