By Karen Kwan
The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo launched and it promises to deliver 85 percent energy return with each stride. iRun was there with Nike Canada at their launch event in Toronto and had a chance to try out the shoe with some drills. The shoe is as promise: soft and well cushioned with a nice bounce to your step as you build up speed. Aesthetically, the design stands out, with a bold racing stripe up the front of the shoe, stretching down under the bottom of the forefoot.
It is the ZoomX midsole cushioning material that makes this shoe especially exciting (this is what will provide that energy return mentioned above), along with the aerodynamic shape of the sole, which is reminiscent of the Vaporfly 4% (which, as you may recall is what the athletes wore in the Breaking2 project).
Canadian Olympian triathlete Tyler Mislawchuk and Paralympian silver medallist triathlete Stefan Daniel were in attendance talking about triathlons. “It’s a running race with a bunch of stuff before, you feel really tired,” says Stefan. The two did a hard workout together that morning (30 seconds on, 30 seconds off), and admitted they found it tough in Toronto’s humidity. Both run in the Pegasus, as they’re fans of their durability, support and how lightweight they are. Stefan is excited for this new lighter version to use for track sessions. As for Tyler, he trains in the Pegs and the Nike React, and races in the Vaporfly 4%. “This shoe has a combination of all three, React foam from the 4%, this adds more cushion and return.”
After trying to keep up with Stefan and Tyler at the park for the running drills, the launch wrapped up with breakfast of avocado toast, yogurt bowls, swoosh-art lattes and ice cream at the Drake Hotel Sky Yard.
The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo, $240, is available online at nike.com and will be in stores August 11th.
Karen Kwan is a regular iRun fashion and travel contributor, and you’ll find her running fashion posts every Friday on Instagram. She contributes to a number of publications and you can also follow her travel and running adventures at Health & Swellness.