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Competitor’s Fall Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

  • By Brian Metzler | Competitor
  • Published Sep 13, 2013
Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Pearl Izumi EM Road N2, $120

weights: 9.1 oz. (men’s); 8.1 oz. (women’s)

heights: 27mm (heel), 16mm (forefoot)

Fit: The N2 fits snug in the secure in the heel and midfoot with just a bit of extra room in the forefoot.

Feel: The EM Road N2 is an energetic lightweight neutral with ample cushioning and enough protection for long, slow training runs. The midsole foam is very responsive and aids in a runner’s forward propulsion, which gives it a peppy feel for faster workouts or races.

Ride: A mid-range 9mm heel-toe drop and a seamless upper that conforms to and moves with a runner’s foot ad to the N2’s smooth-riding demeanor at any pace. Summed up one tester: “I really liked the light feel, the flexibility in the N2, yet I still felt protected.”

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