It is with sad hearts that we relay the news from Pearl Izumi. They have decided to exit the running business in order to focus their energy in their other departments. The good news is we a number of good running shoe recommendations in our updated shoe test.
The original version of this shoe was our Editors' Choice award winner last year and for the second year in a row there was no shoe that we enjoyed running in more than the Pearl Izumi EM Trail N2 v3. In its third version, this shoe has significant improvements over the previous two. These include extra cushioning foam in the heel, a stiffer and more protective forefoot rock plate, a wider and more spacious toe box, and a newly redesigned carbon rubber outsole that we found to be significantly more durable than the previous sole, while also doing a better job of shedding mud and gripping the trail and rocks. While it is slightly heavier than either the original version or the v2, and costs an extra $10, compared to the competition no shoe offers a better combination of comfort, stability, foot protection, and weight than the EM Trail N2 v3. While it is designed to shine on the trails, we also found that this shoe is a more than adequate mountain scrambler as well, and think that you will love wearing it.