Pearl Izumi N2 EM Project running shoes review
Possibly the most inclusive shoe around, Pearl Izumi’s offering (307g) is appealing to all but committed minimalists. Strip away the bright yellow branding and you’ll uncover a sock-like upper that fits like a glove.
There are no thrills, no elaborate stitching, just a flowing blend of materials that breathe well and flex nicely through toe-off.
Pearl Izumi’s ‘Shock Absorption’ foam in the heel complements the forefoot’s ‘Energy’ foam for a near-luxurious ride and also explains why the drop from heel to toe comes in at a gargantuan 11mm.
The downside is a limitation on speed, but that’s not a significant concern in the primarily aerobic winter. Transition throughout feels stable. The only negative is a roomy toebox, which may be too voluminous for thinner-feet runners.
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