Pearl Izumi EM Road N2 $120

Pearl Izumi EM Road N2 $120

Pearl Izumi's EMotion line is about efficient geometry in all of their shoes. The N2 is the second of the neutral shoes in the line, featuring the simplified technology - but with more heft than its sibling, the N1, here to smooth the ride a bit.

The upper is closed mesh, no-sew overlays providing all of the structure, with a very open forefoot to prevent irritation. There is a slight midfoot saddle and modest but sufficient rearfoot support, the stretchy characteristics of the mesh and the non-stretch of the welded overlays combining to provide a balance. The ankle collar keeps the fit snug, but is plush enough to notice. Like the N1, the midsole is molded EVA with tapered geometry that contacts the ground quietly and smoothly, transitioning well throughout the gait. The outersole is a hop-scotched alteration of rubber and open areas along its length, with a ribbon-like channel of rubber that follows the foot path from heel to toe. As the flagship neutral shoe of the Pearl Izumi line, the EM Road N2 represents the delivery of a positive message for runners.

New Shoe
Sizes: Men 8–12,13,14; Women 6–10
Weight: Men 10.0 oz. (size 11); Women 8.2 oz. (size 8)
Shape: semicurved
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to very mild overpronation