Pearl Izumi Women's EM Trail N1 v2
My new racing flat.
I did have to go up a half size in this particular shoe even though I have previously owned 2 pairs including the earlier version of this model which fit me fine in my regular size. It wasn't even that the toebox was tight but the length just seemed to be shorter than normal so be sure to try them out in the store before you buy.
Just a great, simple performance shoe that does exactly what it's made for. It is a neutral shoe and as I supinate I find that this shoe works really well for me as I am sure it would for neutral runners too. As described it has "a New dynamic offset-shaped E:MOTION® midsole on this run shoe is biomechanically tuned for a neutral to supinator running gait"
One of things I love about this shoe and the V1 which I also ran many races in is that it helps to keep my form where it should be when I start to tire. It has a very smooth transition - a low initial contact which increases throughout the transition (a 1mm at initial contact and 4mm at midstance according to the Pearl Izumi website). In simple terms it just helps me to run more efficiently.
It weighs in at 7.5oz
Top 3 highlights
Seamless upper with absolutely no hot spots so comfortable from first fit. I recently ran a sprint tri in these with no socks and it was still comfortable.
Lightweight, smooth and responsive - great for tempos and racing. WIth more support than the super lightweight racing flats it would be good for a half or even a full marathon
1:1 Energy foam in the forefoot - PI states that it returns energy back to the runner during propulsion and I have to agree with this. I believe it's the overall design of the shoe but it certainly works well to keep you feeling fresh.
There is nothing I didn't like about this shoe. My only concern is how long the upper will last as this was the first thing to go in the V1 and I sometimes find with the seamless uppers that they just don't last as well. However, I have already ran over 100k in them with no signs of any wear at all.
Would recommend for anyone looking for a neutral, lightweight racing and training shoe that still offers a reasonable amount of support.
EM Trail N1 v2
The N1v2 is a lightweight trail runner that balances responsiveness with resiliant cushioning, a durable outsole, and a protective rockplate. The seamless upper give the shoe a socklike feel so it can be worn all day.
Weight: 9.2 oz
Pitch: 3.3 mm
Removable Insole: Yes
Orthotic Friendly: Yes
- Carbon rubber outsole reduces slipping
- ESS forefoot rockplate protects the foot
- Seamless upper reduces hotspots