Review: Pearl Izumi EM Trail N1 running shoes

No airs or graces about these but they perform admirably. Good price too

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£84.99
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Sometimes, what’s perceived as solid and dependable can actually be rather rousing. So it is with the N1s. That modesty starts with its looks, which is a rather passive black, yellow and green colour scheme.

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There’s nothing staid about the fit, though, the foot nestling in neatly, and that’s partly down to the cushioned heel cup. The 7mm drop proffers a nice, smooth ride without unleashing the harsher feel of some more minimalist offerings.

Weight’s not bad, either, at 329g. A seamless, comfortable design is tarnished slightly by the tongue that caves in if you have narrow feet like this tester. But to be fair, that doesn’t affect ride.

A small but firm toe bumper lends a nod to rock protection, while the price is impressive. Overall, an understated shoe that’ll please many off-road fans.

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