How do your shoes make you feel?

How do your shoes make you feel?

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Trail N1
photo by: Tobias MacPhee Photography

Do your shoes make you feel like you run smoother, faster, quieter? Can you go longer and farther? If not, you may want to perk up and pay attention to what the folks over at Pearl Izumi Running in Colorado are doing. Pearl Izumi, our race series’ presenting sponsor, decided to tackle the job of creating a new line of running shoes to do all of those things listed above and Project E:Motion was born. To find our more about this exciting line of shoes read on…..

Not only does PI want you running further, longer, fast, smoother, and quieter; they also strived to simplify and make the shoes more

Women's Project E:Motion shoes

Women’s Project E:Motion shoes clockwise(starting at purple and grey): Road M3, Trail M2, Road H3, Trail N1, Road N2, Trail N2
not picture: Road N1

consistent. That means the overall fit of each shoe is going to be very similar even. This is especially nice for us trail runners who have a favorite trail shoe but can’t find a road shoe that feels just right, or vice versa. Better yet, they even make it easy to find the corresponding shoe! No more fancy names, just a simple letter and number. The letter represents N for neutral, M for mid-foot pronation, and H for heel stability or rear-foot stability. The number represents the level of cushioning 1 being minimal, 3 being maximum cushion.

For you shoe geeks out there (myself included) here is a bit of the “science” behind the shoe. PI says,”The shoes were inspired by

efficiency and designed for motion.” Unlike most shoes on the market, the new shoes from Project E:Motion do not have a static off-set, or break in the middle of the shoe. The thought was, “the foot and leg are never static while running… It makes sense, mechanically, that the shoe’s off-set should also be dynamic to create a more fluid running experience.” This new mid-sole and platform deliver a “n0-slap, no-crash perpetual motion effect- making your run smoother and more efficient.”

So far the shoes have received great reviews from many different running sources. Earlier this year we posted a review from iRunFar.com and more reviews of the Trail N1′s continue to come in. Pearl Izumi has three trail shoes to offer, something for every runner….

N1:¬†What PI calls their “The Purist’s dream shoe”

  • seamless upper
  • toe cap to protect from rocks and stumps
  • fore-foot rock plate
  • multi-directional Carbon Rubber outsole fir traction and abrasion resistance
  • Dynamic off-set: 1mm at initial contact to 4.5mm at mid-stance
  • weight: men size 9- 9.6 oz, women size 8- 8.5 oz

N2: Will Keep You Flowing Over Miles of Grueling Trails

Trail M2 photo by:Tobias MacPhee Photography

Trail M2
photo by:Tobias MacPhee Photography

  • seamless upper
  • toe cap to protect from rocks and stumps
  • fore-foot rock plate
  • multi-directional Carbon Rubber outsole fir traction and abrasion resistance
  • Dynamic off-set: 4mm at initial contact to 7.5mm at mid-stance
  • weight: men size 9- 9.7 oz, women size 8- 8.5 oz

M2: Creates Nimble Security

  • seamless upper
  • toe cap to protect from rocks and stumps
  • Bi-lateral stability support
  • fore-foot rock plate
  • multi-directional Carbon Rubber outsole fir traction and abrasion resistance
  • Dynamic off-set: 4mm at initial contact to 7.5mm at mid-stance
  • weight: men size 9- 10 oz, women size 8- 8.7 oz

The Pearl Izumi tent will be at every race during the series with an opportunity to demo and race in if you choose to do so. Make sure you get to the tent early because there is only there is only one shoe for each size! Both men’s and women’s Trail N1′s will be available for demo!

Photography courtesy of Tobias MacPhee photography

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