Written by

Brandon Law

Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
The Nike Zoom Vomero is a fast neutral trainer with a React midsole; the Nike Pegasus Turbo is a lightweight, highly cushioned and responsive neutral trainer. Here we will be comparing these two shoes.

In previous versions, the Nike Vomero was a plush, soft shoe for long, slow runs. The Vomero 14 bucks this trend and has evolved into a responsive shoe with Zoom Air and a React midsole which is more suited to short, tempo runs.

The Nike Pegasus Turbo 2 also has React foam in its midsole but has an additional layer of Zoom X foam on top of the React foam. A high cushioning-to-weight ratio makes the Pegasus Turbo 2 a very versatile trainer. The Pegasus Turbo 2 is 1.7 oz lighter and $40 more expensive than the Vomero 14 but which of these shoes is for you?

Similarity and differences: Zoom Vomero 14 vs Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2

Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2

Brand
Expert score
Expert score
8/10
Expert score
8/10
Weight
8.90 oz
7.2 oz
Heel Drop
10 mm
10 mm
Verdict
The Nike Zoom Vomero 14 is a complete update from previous models. A costly shoe, it is a definite step up from the Pegasus.
The Nike Pegasus Turbo 2 is here to rock your workout and push you to long distance racing PRs.

The best in Nike’s foam technology doesn’t come cheap though, so it’s best appreciated by serious runners and by those who are chasing marginal gains.
Who is it for
This shoe is designed for all neutral runners, however it will be see best results in being used by experienced runners logging longer miles.
Experienced mid to long distance runners who want to follow in the footsteps of world-class runners should consider this shoe, assuming they're ready to pay the premium price for premium tech.
Recommended for
Racing, speedwork, daily training, long distance racing
Racing, speedwork, daily training
Cushioning type
responsive/balanced
balanced/plush
Cushioning amount
Medium cushioning
Highly cushioned
Flexibility
medium
flexible
Stability
not particularly stable
some stability
Sizing
true to size
true to size
Retail price
US$140
US$180

Sole unit: Zoom Vomero 14 vs Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2

The Vomero 14 has a full-length Zoom Air unit which sits on top of its React midsole. The rearfoot of the Vomero is responsive while the forefoot is mildly responsive due to the thin layer of foam in the forefoot. The thickness of the foam in the forefoot is only 12mm while the rearfoot is 22mm, making the Vomero 14 more for rearfoot strikers than midfoot/forefoot strikers.

The Pegasus Turbo 2’s combination of Zoom X and React foam gives the shoe a sophisticated ride character. The Zoom X on top is highly responsive and soft while the React foam on the bottom provides a supportive base and prevents the midsole from bottoming out.

The Vomero 14 is best suited to short, tempo runs below 10km because you don’t get a high level of cushioning. The ride of the Vomero 14 has a firm toe off needed for speedy runs below 5 minutes per kilometre. The light weight and highly responsive midsole of the Pegasus Turbo 2 makes it suitable for tempo runs. It also possesses enough soft cushioning for distances above 20km.

Stability of the Vomero 14 is excellent due to the firm midsole with no lean bias and the sides of the rearfoot midsole which rise up around the foot to create a cupping effect. Stability of the Pegasus Turbo 2 is hindered by its soft midsole and its lack of midfoot rigidity (it flexes in the middle of the shoe).

The outsole of the Vomero 14 consists of lots of hard carbon rubber which will last hundreds of kilometres. It has small oval lugs on the medial side and grooves on the lateral side with a wide guidance line down the middle which makes contact with the ground when loaded.

The Pegasus Turbo 2’s outsole has exposed midsole foam on the midfoot and carbon rubber on the forefoot, rearfoot and around the perimeter of the outsole. The exposed React foam in the middle will show the most wear.

Outsole durability is better on the Vomero 14 but both shoes have durable midsoles as ZoomX and React foam do not lose much cushioning over the life of the shoe.

Upper unit: Zoom Vomero 14 vs Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2

The Vomero 14 has a double-layer mesh upper which isn’t very breathable. It fits true to size and has a roomy toe box. A racing-inspired thin, flat tongue was introduced on the first version of the Vomero 14. This tongue was too short and thin so you could feel the lacing pressure through the tongue. Since then, Nike has released a later version of the shoe which has a longer, padded tongue which is more comfortable. The heel of the Vomero 14 flares away from the Achilles similar to the heel of the Pegasus but this heel has foam pods on the inside of the heel which locks the heel down and prevents heel slippage. The Vomero 14 comes in regular, wide and extra wide versions.

The Pegasus Turbo 2 has a lightweight and minimal lofted mesh upper with doesn’t have much padding. It also has a racing-inspired tongue which is short and flat. The Pegasus Turbo 2 has a spacious forefoot and toe box but it has a loose-fitting heel which feels like your heel could slip out. The Pegasus Turbo 2 fits true to size and it only comes in a regular width.

Which one to buy: Zoom Vomero 14 vs Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2

If you’re a runner looking for a neutral trainer suited to short, tempo runs the Vomero 14 is for you. The Vomero 14 has a comfortable upper and a durable midsole and outsole. Stability is great with the Vomero 14 and the Zoom Air bag provides a springy sensation however it doesn’t have enough cushioning for distances above 10km.

If you’re a runner looking for a lightweight trainer that can go short and fast, or long and slow, the Pegasus Turbo 2 is the shoe for you. The Pegasus Turbo 2 has smooth ride transitions and an ultra responsive midsole thanks to its ZoomX/React setup. The upper of the Pegasus Turbo 2 isn’t as comfortable or padded as the Vomero 14 but it has a great balance of soft cushioning and bouncy responsiveness. The Pegasus Turbo 2 is $40 more than the Vomero 14 but for the premium price you get a shoe that’s much more versatile and 1.7 oz lighter.

This expert review is written by

Brandon Law

Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Brandon is a South African who lives and trains in Singapore. He is a marathon runner who eats, sleeps and dreams running shoes. While most people wear shoes to run, he runs to wear shoes.

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