Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pearl Izumi EM Trail N1 Review

*DISCLAIMER: I look at running shoes a lot like ski boots. Because we all have different foot types, running forms and terrain choices, we all seek different comfortfeatures and performance from our footwear. Like choosing a ski boot, it is important to visit a retailer who will take the time to analyze your foot and running style to allow you to select a shoe that might be the right choice. But, only after running a few times in the selected shoe can you determine if it is the right one.

*I love getting new shoes. I love opening the box, the smell, how clean they are and their seemingly perfect fit when you first slip them on. And, more often than not, the first run (or even first few runs) in a new pair of shoes your mind is in a state of euphoria, which is why I wait until I have at least 25 miles run in pair of shoes before determining how right they are for me and then reviewing for others.

PRODUCT: Pearl Izumi EM Trail N1
MSRP: $115
"The purist’s dream shoe, the Project E:Motion Trail N1 is built to deliver the ultimate smooth flowing responsive ride. The glove-like fit coupled with the E:Motion midsole deliver a light and smooth experience. The Trail N1 offers great trail feel and traction with enough protection and cushioning for bombing descents over technical terrain."

A nice glove-like fit when you slide these on. Very light and stable feeling. I've loved these shoe right out of the box. The seemless uppers are smooth and do not produce any pressure points or hot spots even when running with no socks.

Just like the Pearl Izumi N2, the no seam uppers are where this shoe shines. I feel like the shoe wraps my foot and holds it in place with little effort. There is adequate cushioning and the tread adds and extra feeling of grip to the trail and/or the road. 

Every run I've had in these has been great, there are smooth,light and responsive on all type of terrain. I have event put in bungee laces and taken to using them as my triathlon run choice.
The shoe has remained consistent through long and short runs I have logged in the shoe.

I love this shoe. A+ on the upper and comfortable fit; excellent platform and tread; light and responsive; great for road and trail running.

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