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
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”
N2: Will Keep You Flowing Over Miles of Grueling Trails
M2: Creates Nimble Security
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