It's seems 2018 is the year for brand new Nike Pegasus; not only did the 35 launch with a reimagined shape but Nike today have announced the release of the Pegasus Turbo. We sat down with Nike to talk upcoming shoes when they launched the Nike Flyprint, and here is what they told us about this latest design endeavour.
What is it?
Well, it's not a Pegasus as you might know it. If you're a devote fan of them then this is a pretty different shoe based on the shape and feel, but the principle purpose is very much inline with what the Pegasus always delivered; this a shoe for everyday miles.
The shiloutte is inspired but the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite 4% but doesn't feature the carbon plate as that, according to Nike and athlete feedback from Kipchoge and Rupp, was great for race day but overkill for everyday use in regards to stiffness.
Related: First Look - Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%
The shoe does however use ZoomX foam, featured in the Elite and the 4%, combined with React foam - producing a shoe with a reported 85% energy return. According to Nike, the merging of these two propritory technologies is down to the way both foams perform in a running shoe; ZoomX was designed to work in conjunction with a carbon plate providing the stiffness, so it's extremely cushioned but doesn't have the stability that other performance foams have. Also that foam isn't really designed for extended use; the Vaporfly was always a lightweight race shoe that probably only had a handful of big race efforts in them.
That's where React comes in, providing a layer of stability to help the shoe transition through the gait cycle, whilst increasing the durability of the shoe so that the ZoomX isn't doing all the work. How that manifests itself we will have to find out when we test them, but initial feedback has been good from athletes and testers.
The shoe features the usual Flywire lacing, plus some 'waffle pistons' on the sole supposedly help with grip. Most eye-catching is the large racing stripe down the centre of the shoe.
More to come once testing is complete.