The incredible success (commercially and on the racing circuit) of the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% has left many runners wanting more of Nike’s new foam material, Zoom X.
The only options so far, if you wanted a shoe with ZoomX, were:
- Be one of Nike’s top marathon runners and race in the elusive Vaporfly Elite
- Buy, if you could find them, a $250 pair of the aforementioned Vaporfly 4%
Now, the Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 will feature ZoomX foam and, while not being cheap, cost $180.
What’s different from the Vaporfly
The biggest difference between the Vaporfly (both Elite and 4%) is the absence of the carbon fiber plate in the midsole.
The carbon-fiber plate increases the stiffness of the sole to add snappiness and “pop” your foot from the ground quicker. While an amazing aid during racing day, many runners (including Nike’s top athletes) think that this “fast” feeling is too much for training days, when you might not want to beat your PR every time.
Enter the Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 TURBO
A 10 -mm offset and 12-mm forefoot stack height are designed to help runners store more energy, which can provide greater energy return, while the heel collar is engineered to curve away from the Achilles tendon to avoid rubbing or irritating the sensitive spot.
The upper features a seamless translucent mesh (which shows off the Flywire cables that integrate with the laces to provide the lockdown you want).
A thick racing stripe runs down the center from the top of the tongue to below the forefoot.
Underfoot, the ZoomX foam is complimented by a layer of Nike React foam (added to enhance durability and stability).
Small waffle pistons in the rubber outsole help absorb impact and provide multi-surface traction.
Where and when can I buy them?
The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo will be available July 19 for NikePlus members in the U.S., China, Japan, Germany, U.K. and Brazil via the Nike and NRC apps. In France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands it will be available via the Nike app only.
The shoe will release globally August 2 on nike.com and at select retailers.
Stay tuned because we are testing these shoes and will publish the review soon!