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Friday, August 03, 2012

Outdoor Retailer 12 Running Shoes: Pearl Izumi E:Motion Road, Trail, and Tri

Pearl Izumi
PI introduced a brand new line of Road, Trail, and Tri shoes they are calling Project E:Motion with the tag line: Inspired by Efficiency, Designed for Motion (EM).  They will be available Spring 2013.
The midsole design claims to make the heel toe offset dynamic Depending on models: 1-4 mm at heel landing, 4-7.5 mm at transition to toe off, and 1-4 mm depending on model at toe off (translate this last to somewhat of a rocker sole ).  The line includes multiple models for each running discipline generally based on a lighter racing oriented neutral N1 model, a training N2 model, and a motion control model for each category.

I tried on N1 and N2 models for both road and trail at the booth. Pearl Izumi pioneered seamless uppers several years ago and the upper fit of these new shoes is fantastic. I recently borrowed a pair of Peak II trail racers for a trail 10K and found them to be comfortable and supportive.

After trying on the various models I selected the  EM N1 trail and EM N2 road, as at least on my foot, they were the the best fitting uppers.

EM N1 Trail is a 9.6 oz neutral trail runner, race oriented. The heel toe drop offset is 1mm at initial contact, 4.5 mm at mid stance  Includes a forefoot rock plate. Similar weight and design to Montrail Bajada and Brooks Pure Grit. The N2 is 9.9 oz with 4.5mm heel toe offset at initial contact and 7.5 mm at mid stance. There is a 10 oz M2 Trail motion control model with the same offset as the N2 Trail and a slightly different midsole and upper reinforcements.
Pearl Izumi EM N1 Trail Runner

Pearl Izumi EM N1 Trail Runner
EM N2 Road
The EM N2 Road has a fantastically roomy and seam free toe box. Strangely the N1 racer had more overlays than the N2 which is designated as a trainer.  I might compare EM N2 as low drop light and cushioned trainers  to  the Brooks PureFlow  and to the more minimal Kinvara 3. The N2 is 9.3 oz with 4.0mm heel toe offset at initial contact and 7.5 mm at mid stance.  There are 1:1 foam crash pads embedded in the midsole at the heel and forefoot.. The outsole while appearing to be all of the same material is a combination of harder carbon rubber sections and softer EVA.  The lighter N1 is 8.2 oz with 1 mm initial contact offset and 4.5 mm at mid stance.

There is also an M3 model with similar offsets to the N2 but with a wider mid foot for pronation control and a H3 with again a slightly different midsole width and geometry for rear foot pronation control. Both weighing in the 9.7 to 9.9 oz range, low weight for motion control.

The Tri EM shoes have N1 and N2 models very similar to the Road. They have the same offsets as the Roads, are slightly lighter, and feature quick pull cord laces and tongue and heel pull loops.

Pearl Izumi EM N2 Road

Pearl Izumi EM N2 Road
I look forward to road and trail testing the E:Motion line soon.

Update: Stack Heights of the Pearl Izumi E:Motion line. My understanding is that the dynamic offset is the heel toe drop when the forefoot is under load during a stride.

S13 Midsole Measures (mm): (Includes midsole and outsole)

STYLE NAME
Heel
 Ball of  Foot
Drop
Dynamic Offset
MEASURES IN MM






EM ROAD N 1, EM TRI N 1
19
18
1
4.5
effective drop [3.5mm off ground]






EM ROAD N 2, EM TRI N 2
23
19
4
7.5
effective drop [3.5mm off ground]






EM ROAD M 3, EM ROAD H 3
25
21
4
7.5
effective drop [3.5mm off ground]






EM TRAIL N 1
19.7
18.7
1
4.5
effective drop [3.5mm off ground]






EM TRAIL N 2, EM TRIAL M 2
24.5
20.5
4
7.5
effective drop [3.5mm off ground]

6 comments:

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Do you happen to know what the absolute heel and toe thicknesses are for the Road N1 and N2 are?

I've been a huge fan of the Streak IIs which have 18mm and 9mm thicknesses and from the looks of the new shoes, they've increased the amount of foam.

Thank you!!

sam winebaum said...

Kurt,
I will try to find out and will post. I tested a pair of Peak II in a race this summer and found them fantastic. The uppers of the E:Motion feel similar.

sam winebaum said...

Kurt, see somewhat messy table of stack height and drop for Pearl Izumi E:Motion line.

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Sam,
Thank you!! I have to ask - where did you get the numbers??

sam winebaum said...

@Kurt: from Pearl Izumi

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

@Sam: Awesome! I haven't been able to get that info from them. Glad to finally have it. Thank you!!