It hadn’t even been two hours since I stepped off the plane in Tokyo, and already, I was lacing up a pair of running shoes. I had flown to Japan, along with press and influencers from countries from Brazil to Korea, for the unveiling of Nike’s upcoming Zoom Pegasus Turbo ($180). It was a much-hyped, highly anticipated moment for runners and sneakerheads worldwide.
The Turbo will make much of the same technology from Nike’s groundbreaking Zoom Vaporfly Elite. That’s the same shoe that helped propel modern running legend Eliud Kipchoge‘s attempt at shattering the two-hour marathon record, which was broadcast live in a special Nike event in 2017, now available to the regular, degular, schmegular runner. (Extremely limited pairs of the Vaporfly Elite have previously been made available at limited times – to the tune of $600 – but that’s it.)
Nike had brought in New York City Marathon winner and Olympian Shalane Flanagan and Japanese superstar runners Yuta Shitara and Suguru Osako to evangelize for the new shoe, which features the lightest foam Nike has ever developed. And full disclosure before you read on for my experience with the Turbo: I’m currently training for the Chicago Marathon with a Nike-supported team, and Nike provided travel, accommodations, and gear for the Pegasus Turbo trip.