Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature Review

Why did Nike discontinue the original Pegasus Turbo? It’s one of the big mysteries lately, who up there shot JR with? The Turbo was a fantastic and popular all-around shoe that was easily one of the best running shoes available, and after two generations Nike simply stopped making it.

I still haven’t recovered from it, and many other riders feel the same way, so I was thrilled to see the Pegasus Turbo make a return in the form of the Pegasus Turbo Next Nature. It promised to be an equally impressive daily trainer, also made from at least 50% recycled materials (by weight).

If the idea of ​​a durable Pegasus Turbo sounds too good to be true, unfortunately you’re right. The Turbo Next Nature is not as good a shoe as the original. It’s still a good one – it’s just that it also falls short of the best all-around options like the Saucony Endorphin Speed ​​3 and Hoka Mach 5.

Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature: price and availability

The Pegasus Turbo Next Nature is available now and costs $160 in the US and £144.95 in the UK. It’s actually cheaper than the Pegasus Turbo 2, which was $180 / £160 in 2020. My sample for this review was provided by Sport shoes (opens in a new tab).

Design and fit

Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature Running Shoes

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The Pegasus Turbo Next Nature has a Flyknit upper with a gusseted tongue and overlays that add more structure to the midfoot and heel. It’s a long shoe and I found it to fit me better half a size down from my normal size, whereas the original Pegasus Turbo fit me well in my normal size.

As with the original Pegasus Turbo, the midsole features a blend of foams, but where the original used ZoomX and React, the Next Nature Turbo uses recycled ZoomX and Nike’s SR-02 support foam. Recycled ZoomX is made from offcuts that are glued together. It’s heavier and firmer than the fresh ZoomX, but it’s soft enough that Nike found it necessary to use SR-02 EVA foam to create a frame around the midsole for added stability.

The use of recycled ZoomX means that the weight of the shoe increases compared to the original. The Turbo Nature weighs 9.3oz / 265g in a UK 8.5, while the Turbo 2 weighs 8oz / 227g in a UK 9. The Next Nature Turbo’s drop is 10mm and it appears to have a battery higher than the Turbo 2, but Nike did not give exact statistics on this.

Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature Sole

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The outsole has good rubber coverage around the heel and forefoot, with an exposed foam section in the midfoot, and it uses a waffle pattern. So far the Next Nature has gripped me well on wet and dry roads and some light trails, and also got me through an ill-advised detour along a muddy canal towpath without any incident. .

How I tested this shoe

I ran 80km in the Pegasus Turbo Next Nature, using it for a mix of training runs including a track workout, easy runs and a 15 mile run. I’ve also used the Pegasus Turbo 1 and 2 extensively, racking up over 400 miles in the stock shoe.

Nike Pegasus Turbo 2 Running Shoe, Left;  Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature Running Shoe

Nike Pegasus Turbo 2, left; Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature Right (Image credit: Nick Harris-Fry/Future)

The running performance

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, though I’m one of many runners with memories of the Pegasus Turbo who probably overstated how good it was since the shoe was discontinued. That said, even though my memories of the Turbo are tinged with pink, the Pegasus Turbo Next Nature falls short of this shoe’s standards.

It’s best thought of as a different shoe, with the recycled ZoomX midsole being firmer. The increased weight also changes the feel, and those hoping for a Pegasus Turbo 3 will be disappointed. As I was, after a race.

However, since then I have been liking the Turbo Next Nature more and more. The rocker is more pronounced than on the old Turbo, which makes for a smoother ride and dampens the firmer feel. It’s by no means harsh and I found it comfortable during all of my easy runs and the 15 mile run.

He can also move. I did a few progression runs where I went from an easy pace to about 3min 40s/km and the shoe felt great in that range. I also did some track training running 10 reps of 800m in about 2min 40s, which is about my half marathon pace, plus 10 reps of 200m, and over that long trail workout, the Next Nature felt fast and comfortable.

During this workout I swapped the Pegasus Turbo 2 for a few 800m reps and it was lighter and smoother underfoot, although I wouldn’t say the Turbo 2 was any more bouncy or faster. It’s hard to make too much of a direct comparison, as my Turbo 2 is worn out after the hundreds of miles driven by me and a friend.

Is the Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature worth it?

Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature Running Shoe

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The Pegasus Turbo Next Nature is a good all-around running shoe, although the extra weight means it loses some of its appeal as an option for sessions or fast runs, which the original Pegasus Turbo was for. ideal.

While unfavorable comparisons to the old shoe hurt it, it’s actually the modern rivals that make the Next Nature hard to recommend. The Saucony Endorphin Speed ​​3 is lighter, faster and more bouncy, and only slightly more expensive at $170/£165. The Hoka Mach 5 is also lighter and smoother, and cheaper at $140/£130. These shoes would rival the Pegasus Turbo, which was ahead of its time by introducing the best foams of the best carbon racing shoes into everyday trainers.

Next Nature’s sustainability credentials help it – although it’s not a fully recycled or sustainably made shoe – and its good looks also mean it’s useful as a running shoe that you can wear outside of training. However, in terms of pure performance, it’s not the best you can get, although I consider it the best all-rounder in the Nike lineup, edging out the Nike Pegasus 39 and earning it a spot in our best shoe recommendations. running shoe.

Darryl A. Chapin