Article by Steve Gedwill, Peter Stuart, Zack Dunn. Jamie Hershfang and Michael Ellenberger
Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature ($150)
Steve: The Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature release was surrounded by a ton of hype, due to the legacy of the fan favorites and versatile Pegasus Turbo and Turbo 2. Add in the sustainability with at least 50% recycled materials by weight, makes this a very intriguing combination.
I was a huge fan of the Pegasus Turbo 2, which covered both easy miles and plenty of tempo work for me. My only complaint of the Turbo 2 was the ill fitting upper, and from the looks of it, this was a huge focus of the Peg Turbo Next Nature. Will this be a better version of the Pegasus Turbo 2? Or will it be a different mythical beast altogether?
Jamie: The Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature, yes that’s a mouthful, was eagerly anticipated after some time away from the turbo line a few years back. I was a huge fan of the original Pegasus Turbo, covering thousands of miles in multiple pairs. With the sustainability component and focus on a newly designed upper, will this be a better update from the turbo 2 or a completely different shoe?
Peter: I loved the OG Peg Turbo and put way more miles in them than I thought I would. They had a nearly magical balance of cushioning and comfort. I didn’t love the Turbo 2, though I can’t really remember why. I’m excited that the Turbo is coming back, but curious as to whether they will head back to the things that made the OG Peg Turbo great or move further away from it.
Michael: The original Pegasus Turbo was the first shoe I ever tested and reviewed for RoadTrailRun, and I remember it fondly – softer and squishier than I normally like, but with such an upside of speed making it a fun one to train in. I ran more than 100 miles (and ultimately, more than 200 miles) in the Turbo 2, which was an even more refined and zippy trainer. That leads us here, to the Turbo Next Nature! It’s clear it’s not the same lineage, directly – the name will tell you that, if the appearances don’t – but a little change isn’t always a bad thing! Let’s see…
Zack: The Nike Pegasus Turbo 2 was an amazing shoe for me, and probably in my top-5 running shoes that I have ever run. It was fast enough for workout days, yet comfortable enough to crank out long runs, so the Next Nature version here definitely was on my radar as soon as I heard it was coming. It has big shoes to fill and we’ll see if it comes close to performing as well as the Turbo 2.
Comfortable ,well fitting upper: Steve, Jamie, Michael, Zack
Nice aesthetics: Steve, Jami, Michael, Zack
Use of recycled materials: Steve, Jamie, Peter, Michael, Zack
Cushioned and supportive heel: Jamie, Peter, Zack
Lack of responsiveness: Steve, Jamie, Peter, Michael, Zack
A little unforgiving on longer runs: Steve, Jamie, Peter, Zack
Long laces: Steve, Michael
Upper materials feel a bit scratchy on the inside: Peter
Sample: men’s 10.7oz / 304g US men’s 12
Stack Height: men’s 32mm heel / 22mm forefoot
Available now. $150
First Impressions, Fit and Upper
Steve: To say I was excited to receive these would be an understatement. Any Nike shoe with ZoomX stamped on the midsole is going to grab my attention. They look amazing and I was very interested in a performance shoe using so much recycled materials. The upper uses 100 percent recycled Flyknit yarns which are solution-dyed, saving 70 liters of water for every kilogram of yarn produced
The upper feels a little rough to the touch. It sort of feels like a firehose, and the external supportive stitching makes the upper seem less flexible.
This all makes it sound uncomfortable, but the plush heel counter (which basically wraps the whole back half of the foot) actually makes it quite comfortable.
The Peg Turbo Next Nature features a gusseted tongue which helps provide a secure fit.
The tongue features some holes near the top to increase breathability, but I thought the Flyknit yarn ran a little hot.
The shoe maybe runs a touch long (I felt this way about the Turbo 2) but not enough where I’d suggest going a half size down.
The upper overall is quite comfortable, the laces however are unnecessarily long and Peg Turbo Next Nature could be a touch more breathable.
Zack: I was definitely ecstatic to open the box and saw these before my eyes. I ran 300+ miles in the Nike Pegasus Turbo 2, and I can genuinely say that they are one of my all-time favorite shoes.
Therefore, when I saw that there was a new “different” type of Peg Turbo coming out, I was very excited. Putting the shoe on, I felt that the upper had a very weird feeling to it, being that it was somewhat stiff and thick, but it was quite comfortable.
With that being said, through the middle portion of the upper, the shoe has thinner knit that allows for better breathability, which was nice, but the shoe still ran hot. I enjoyed the FlyWire that was added for some upper lockdown, as it takes me back to my Nike Pegasus 35 days- although it has come back in the 39, but I haven’t run them yet. As for the tongue, it sat pretty well on th top of the foot, and was comfortable while running.
I especially enjoyed the heel cup, and found it to hold the foot super well. Overall, I think the upper had both good and not-so-good things, but it still got the job done in terms of running.
Jamie: I loved the old turbos, but these look and feel incredibly different. The knit upper is a little thick and stiff, and the cushion looks like a creased Nike Vaporfly after 300 miles. A bit of a dated look but colorway was sweet! The heel is very snug and secure, and the tongue sits perfectly on the front of the ankle. Just make sure to double knot and tuck the laces, because they are quite long.
Peter: Oh, cool, they still look kind of like Pegasus Turbos, but they also remind me a lot of uppers from 2-3 years ago. The knit reminds me of some older Skechers uppers and the loops for the laces harken back to the Nike Zoom Streak 5.
Not that these are necessarily bad things, but my overall first impression of this Turbo is that it looks a little dated. The fit is true to size for me.
Michael: Fit was snug and on the narrow side, but true to size. I like the profile a lot in my 8.5. The material is a tight knit that does feel scratchy to the touch, but ultimately didn’t bother me running.
The laces are indeed too long (which is a problem I’ve been noticing a lot lately!). You need to double them back under themselves or you’re going to hear a lot of knocking on your Stryd footpod (as me how I know!).
I’ll add only one small detail here to my fellow testers’ experiences – Nike sent these in a box that said it combined product packaging and shipping materials (ostensibly to eliminate the outside cardboard box). That’s all great in theory – heck, I have way too many shoe boxes, let alone shipping boxes that need recycling – but my pair also came in an exterior shipping box. So while I appreciate the idea, there was no enactment of it. Perhaps that was just for test pairs?
Steve: As I mentioned above, a ZoomX badge is going to bring some lofty expectations. The midsole is made with at least 55 percent ZoomX foam scrap, something which was first seen in the Alphafly Next Nature.
The ZoomX foam scrap seems to be cradled in a non recycled foam that feels a bit denser compared to traditional ZoomX. The insole is lightly glued down and is quite thin, providing little additional comfort. On foot the midsole feels a bit firmer than I was expecting given the larger stack height compared to the Peg Turbo 2, but the ride isvery stable. The Pegasus Turbo 2 feels more cushioned and provides better energy return. The Pegasus Turbo NN is just missing that bounce we all love from traditional ZoomX!
Peter: Yeah, as Steve said, not all ZoomX is created equal. I don’t know if it specifically due to the recycled material or not, but the net effect is that the Peg Turbo NN feels a little firm and doesn’t provide that cushy, squishy goodness that the presence of ZoomX might suggest. It is stable and pleasant enough, but there just isn’t a lot of perceived energy return or bounce here.
Jamie: While the cushion looked a bit aged, I gave it the benefit of the doubt. My first run had me so excited to run in the turbos again, but I was very underwhelmed. Maybe a second run or two would break them in? Sure enough, this firm ride didn’t seem to get much better. I was hoping to have an extra pep to my step, but the experience was lackluster at best.
Michael: I admit I had already heard some negative feedback regarding this recycled ZoomX before I ran them (though I’d never worn a Next Nature-variant shoe previously), so I had tempered expectations. Maybe it’s that, or just that I tend to prefer firmer shoes, but the midsole here isn’t harsh or too firm, per se – but it is very, very different from the Pegasus Turbo of old. I admit there isn’t a ton of bounce to be found (more on that in the Ride section), but in comparison to, say, pure Nike React-cushioned shoes, I don’t think this stands out as a bad midsole. It’s a little more in line (in terms of on-the-ground feel) with what we see from On and perhaps Saucony’s Powerrun PB 1st generation, though that admittedly has a bit more spring (though similar density, to my sense).
Zack: I pretty much agree with everything the othershave written, so I won’t be too repetitive. With that being said, I definitely found this midsole underwhelming in terms of expectations and in comparison to the Nike Pegasus Turbo 2. It just didn’t feel like it had the bounce of ZoomX, especially with that stack height, and I even feel the Streakfly, which has less cushioning has a bouncier feel. However, the midsole was not bad at all, andstill felt fine, I just think it was greatly overhyped for what it really delivers, understanding a part of the intent was to also use a high proportion of recycled material by weight.
Steve: The waffle-inspired tread provided great traction. There is a small gap in the midfoot without rubber coverage, but I don’t believe that will affect traction or the durability of the outsole. I’ve always felt that the grip on the Pegasus models were exceptional, and that is the case with the Pegasus Turbo Next Nature as well.
Peter: I love a waffle outsole. I love the tracks it leaves in mud, I love the traction, the grip and the vibe. Outsole is probably my favorite part of the Peg Turbo NN.
Michael: If you follow me on any social media platform, or know me in real life, you know I have a dog named Waffles that I love very much. So, goes without saying, the waffle outsole was going to be flawless because Waffles herself is flawless.
Practically speaking, I had no issues, even on a couple rainy runs. I tested only very briefly on the treadmill, also no problems. This sort of outsole rarely presents a problem, and I expect durability to be great here.
Jamie: Who would have thought that the outsole of the shoe was the best performing part of the shoe? Great traction, and I predict great durability. Solid traction across all surfaces and at different paces.
Zack: The outsole of this shoe relied on a simple waffle pattern with different sizes and angles, and I think it performed pretty well. There was no issue with traction on roads, limestone, or even dirt, so I would say it performed just fine.
Steve: Does this stallion deliver a mythical ride? It’s fair to say that the Peg Turbo Next Nature was a bit overhyped, and I honestly believe that we have been spoiled with some amazing super shoes lately. It is geared to be a reliable daily trainer that could handle tempo work, with sustainability a high priority and I will judge it accordingly with that in mind.
The first few runs were pretty short, but once during my long run for the week at about mile eight, the balls of my feet were beginning to feel every step. I figured the ZoomX would keep my legs feeling fresh for high mileage, but that wasn’t the case here.
While doing strides I didn’t get much ‘pop’ or responsiveness, the Peg Turbo Next Nature was lacking a bit of boost. The shoe just doesn’t feel fast (as I remember the Peg Turbo 2 being) maybe we are experiencing some turbo lag? Okay, enough with the turbo puns! The ride comes up a bit short for me, even being judged as a daily trainer. It is comfortable for shorter runs and I think the sustainability is unique and adds overall appeal.
Peter: At the risk of damning with faint praise, the ride of the Peg Turbo NN is fine. Is it great? No. Is it fun? Not really. Is it bouncy and exciting? Nah. You get the idea. Every single run I had in the Peg Turbo NN went the same way. The first couple of miles I thought “hmm, I really don’t like this shoe”. Next couple of miles “This shoe is okay, it’s fine”. Last couple of miles “I might actually like this shoe”. I never took them over 10 miles because they just don’t feel forgiving enough for me. Zoom X? Yes. Magic sauce? Not so much.
Michael: I agree with Peter here – the Peg Turbo NN provides just an okay, maybe slightly above average ride. There is some propulsion (I don’t have the epic precision to know if it’s 45% as propulsive as “true” ZoomX, or whatever), but I wouldn’t call the Turbo NN a “bouncy” or “explosive” shoe. It feels and rides a lot more like Nike’s React foam, which is a denser, more full ride that still provides some responsiveness when engaged. As they say in Chernobyl (the HBO show, probably not real life!), “not great, not terrible.”
Jamie: The ride is mediocre at best. Not a shoe I would choose for easy days, and not one I would use for workouts. It’s the kind of ride that leaves more to be desired. It’s not soft enough, and not responsive enough, it’s just there to keep you going. I was hoping this would feel better over the course of a few runs, but was sadly disappointed. Just not quite forgiving enough for the mileage I desire to run in them.
Zack: When thinking of the ride for me, I think at least in part I did not enjoy running in this shoe because I do majority of my running in supershoes (Streakfly, Vaporfly) for workout days, and the Nike Pegasus 38 and Nike Invincible for anything other than that. While running, the shoe did good just until 9-10 miles when my legs started yearning for more cushion, and on faster days the shoe can be fine with some slightly extra work, but was lacking in the responsiveness you would expect from ZoomX. My point is, compared to some of the arguably top shoes in the market for their respective categories, this shoe does not compare. However, compared to lower quality and not as high end shoes, this shoe does perform better in my opinion.
So my verdict is that this is a good shoe, not great, not bad, just kind of good. It seemed to be good in all the “categories” and felt fine while running, but it wasn’t terrific and I kept going back to, “okay the shoe can be good for tempos, but not as good as the Streakfly’s” or “the shoe does fine for daily runs but it’s not as comfortable as the Invincible”. So, I would say I agree with Micheal that the ride is just above average, and when I test shoes, I use a sort of school grading scale where this shoe would be a 80%/B, where it isn’t average like a C, but definitely not as excellent as an A.
Conclusions and Recommendations
Steve: If you’re drawn in by the sustainability and use of recycled materials, I think the Next Nature is worth picking up. I’ve tried out a running shoe with recycled materials before (long before joining RTR) and I can tell you that the Pegasus Turbo Next Nature is 1000% better in just about every aspect. I have a hard time finding a place for this shoe in my rotation. There are both lighter and better cushioned daily trainer options out there. It is definitely a well made shoe and does feel high quality. This said if you are looking for a daily trainer to do some light mileage in that you can feel good about, I think the Peg Turbo Next Nature is worth a look.
Steve’s Score: 7.5/10
(Style 9 Ride 6 Value 8 ) bonus for recycled materials
Peter: I love the idea of using recycled materials, but ultimately the ride of the shoe and the comfort of the upper are where my relationship with a shoe is built. There are so many amazing daily trainer choices right now that it takes more than a good ‘save the earth’ marketing push to get me to put a shoe into my full time rotation. At this point I’d rather buy a pair of non-recycled shoe and make a donation to offset the impact than run regularly in the Peg Turbo NN.
The Peg Turbo NN is a decent shoe, although a bit firm and lacking the fun and energetic ride that some other shoes provide.This said if you really want a shoe with recycled materials that is decently stable and good for short miles, give it a try.
Peter’s Score 7/10
Style 7, Ride 5, Value 8
Michael: If this was branded as a new shoe – the Nike Recyclon 55% – or if this came out a couple years ago, I think we would all say, “well, a solid first effort in this lineage; hope Nike can improve it next year.” It’s really just that Pegasus Turbo branding that leads to confusion. Nike’s made a fine shoe, with respectable recycled construction and certainly a striking look (I think this is up there with their best looking trainers on the market now). But it’s a B or B + performer in a family/name plate that previously delivered A-level fun, and that’s a bit of a let down. Buy it for the looks, or for the earth – don’t buy it expecting the bounce of the previous Peg Turbo.
Michael’s Score: 8/10
Zack: I will say, the shoe was pretty overhyped, which mainly comes from the Turbo branding. I think it’s great that Nike made a shoe using recycled materials, but with performance in mind, this just didn’t quite hit the mark as a shoe that would be a priority purchase or find a way in most people’s rotation when at $150 there are much better performing shoes when solely thinking about running.
With that being said, it is a fine running shoe and will get the job done, as well as being a pretty cool looking shoe overall. So if you care about sustainability / recycled materials or a cool looking running shoe with a Nike logo and Turbo name then go for it, but if you are looking for an amazing, versatile daily trainer as the previous Turbo 2 shoe was, you might want to look somewhere else.
Zack’s Score: 8/10
Nike Pegasus Turbo 2 (RTR Review)
Steve: While doing a session of strides during the first half I used the Pegasus Turbo Next Nature and then swapped to the Peg Turbo 2’s. Immediately I noticed how light and nimble the Turbo 2 felt, and even with a lower stack, the Peg Turbo 2 felt more cushioned. The Turbo 2 hands down feels like a faster shoe and made me remember why I enjoyed it so much. The Peg Turbo NN feels more natural and comfortable on foot, but I’m still riding with the Peg Turbo 2 in about every situation besides grocery shopping.
Michael: Take the Turbo 2! It’s bouncier, more fun, and has a similarly snug and performance fit. The only improvement I found on the Next Nature is that the (recycled!) Flywire cables do seem to stiffen the midfoot and make it a little more comfortable cornering. In a trainer, that’s already not a huge deal, and certainly not enough to warrant buying the NN over the T2, if you have the chance.
Zack: I will agree with the other reviewers that the Turbo 2 is definitely the better option. Underfoot, the shoe felt so much lighter, bouncier, and ironically more cushioned though it actually has less stack-height. It was a lot more versatile and allowed for faster workout sessions and longer runs, which the newer run cannot provide as easily. The new Turbo Nature is good, but the Turbo 2 was better.
Nike Pegasus Turbo 1 (RTR Review)
Peter: The upper on the Peg Turbo was a little baggy and it had some clown shoe visual vibes, but damn if it wasn’t enjoyable to run. It was soft but returned energy and was good for tons and tons of miles. The Peg Turbo NN is not in the same league for me. Find an old pair of Peg Turbos.
Michael: See above, basically – the Turbo 2 was an improvement over the T1 and both are superior shoes to the Next Nature. I don’t think either model is readily available, but if you can find some dead stock, I’d recommend either.
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run 1 or 2 (RTR Review)
Peter: I know some folks love the Invincible. I like to stand around in them, say when I’m on my feet for hours coaching, I like it a lot. It’s too mushy for me to run in though. I prefer the Pegasus Turbo NN.
Nike Zoom Pegasus 39 (RTR Review)
Peter: I had a really hard time with the Pegasus 39. It just felt chunky and stiff and never really opened up for me. The Pegasus Turbo NN is a more enjoyable ride for me. In fact, it feels more like a Pegasus update than an iteration of a Pegasus Turbo. IF you think about the Peg Turbo NN as the shoe that follows the Pegasus 38, you just might like it more.
Steve: I agree with Peter here, the Peg Turbo NN feels more like an iteration of the Peg 39, and not part of the Turbo family. I find both to be comfortable on foot, but I prefer the extra cushioning provided by the air units in the midsole of the Peg 39. Both will hold up for many miles as a daily trainer. I believe the performance is quite similar, but I slightly prefer the ride of the Peg Turbo NN. A real toss up here!
Mizuno Wave Neo Wind (RTR Review)
Michael: In the battle of eco-friendly, recycled trainers, both Mizuno and Nike bring something fresh (er, re-freshed?) to the table. Mizuno’s Neo Wind is more of a performance-oriented trainer than the Nike (Mizuno also has a Neo Ultra, which I didn’t test, but RTR did!), and both are quite firm underfoot. The upper on the Mizuno is a very snug knit – some didn’t like it, I quite did, and the propulsion from the Mizuno Wave plate is something lacking on the Nike. Now, for everyday miles, I think this is closer than at first glance, because the Mizuno is a relatively harsh ride, and I didn’t love it for true easy days – but for anything medium and up, I think the Neo Wind is a considerably better choice although at $220 considerably more expensive.
New Balance FuelCell Rebel V3 (RTR Review)
Peter: The Rebel is snappier, more fun and lighter. It’s not AS fun as the Rebel v2 was, but it’s a damn good daily trainer. Much more fun for me than the Peg Turbo NN.
Michael: Exactly what Peter said. The Rebel v3 is at best a lateral change, and likely a slight disappointment compared to the v2, but it’s still much more fun and engaging than the Turbo NN. The only folks I’d suggest the Nike to here are those who swear by a firm shoe – that FuelCell foam is bouncy and soft.
Hoka Mach 5 (RTR Review)
Peter: The Mach 5 is what I hoped the Peg Turbo NN would be. It’s light, fun and really well cushioned. A more enjoyable and versatile ride.
New Balance FuelCell SC Trainer (RTR Review)
Peter: The SC Trainer is heavier and a much different shoe but it manages to be relatively soft in the heel and snappy of the toe. There is no shoe I’ve put more miles on this summer. Crushes the Peg.
When Steve tests and reviews shoes here at RTR he pairs the shoe to a beer! Steve is a beer enthusiast and actually it is more than a vocation for him as he is professionally involved in beer purchasing for a large beverage store chain in Chicago!
Steve: I decided to pair the Peg Turbo Next Nature with Maine Beer Company’s IPA Little Whale Boat. This is a pretty obvious pairing, with Maine’s #1 value being ‘take care of the Earth.’ Maine Brewing Company has been a proud member of 1% of the planet since 2009, where 1% of Gross annual profits go to environmental nonprofits.
The story behind Little Whale Boat IPA: ‘In 2021, Maine Beer Company assisted Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) in their purchase of the Little Whaleboat Islands, some of the last remaining undeveloped islands in Casco Bay. These islands are a crucial habitat for a range of wildlife including seals, seabirds, shorebirds, and wading birds. They also offer an escape for humans in an increasingly populated part of coastal Maine where public access to the coast is limited.’
Tasting Notes: Pours with slight haze, pale yellow with thin head with good lace retention. The nose is floral, pineapple and grapefruit. Like most of Maine’s IPA’s it is very crisp and clean. Surprisingly juicy pineapple, floral and mild bitterness. A little resin finish that is bone dry. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable!
Maine Brewing Company is one of RTR Editor Sam’s favorites as well as he lives just over the border from Maine in New Hampshire!
Beer Rating: 4.1/ 5
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Steve: A former high school track runner, turned physique competitor that jumped back on the running scene. Currently running 20-30 miles per week, my most recent race times are 36:07 for 8k and 47:12 10k. I am 6’0 175lbs and in my mid 30’s. I am a husband, dog dad, craft beer enthusiast and a big time shoe geek!
Michael is patent attorney and graduate of Northwestern University Law School. Prior to law school, he competed collegiately at Washington University in St. Louis (10,000m PR of 30:21). Michael’s PRs include a 67:43 half-marathon (Chicago Half-Marathon) and 2:23:18 marathon from the 2021 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon. Michael continues to race on the roads, and is chasing a sub-2:20 marathon and potential OTQ in the future.
Peter lives in Austin, Texas and has been a sub 3 hour marathoner as well as a 1:21 half marathoner in recent years.
Zack Dunn: is a college sophomore/ runner at Lewis University. I’ve been running for 7 years, and focuses solely on running after giving up on years of baseball and wrestling. I race distances between 800 meters and 10K whether it be on the track, the roads, or on cross country courses. I do most of my training on the roads, some training on the track, and occasionally run trails logging anywhere from 40-60 miles a week. My typical training paces range from 7’30 a mile on easy days to sub-5 minutes a mile on fast interval days. My personal bests are 2:00 for 800m, 4:25 for 1600m, 9:50 for 3200m, 15:57 for 5K, and 34:10 for 10K.
Jamie is 30 years old and runs about 100+ miles per week. She has run many marathons, with a PR of 2:49 and has recently moved up to the ultra distances. She completed a solo 100k in 7:36:40 and set the Chicago Lakefront Trail FKT. In 2021 she was the fastest US woman on road for 50 miles with a time of 6:07:11. She is training to qualify to represent team USA at a world championship. Outside of training, she is the store manager at Fleet Feet Lakeview in Chicago.
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