Pearl Izumi Peak II–$115

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FIT
Sleek and low to the ground, the Peak II features a reinforced mesh upper free of overlays, which caters to average to wider foot types. Its integrated lacing system helps dial in the fit, holding the foot securely.
FEEL
The Peak II’s low profile gives it a minimal, lightweight feel. Testers were impressed with the soft forefoot cushioning, but reported feeling a lack of arch support. “Felt surprisingly nimble and lighter than I thought they would for a trail shoe,” remarked one tester.
RIDE
BEST SUITED FOR OFF-ROAD TERRAIN, THE PEAK II PERFORMED WELL FOR SHORT STRETCHES ON THE PAVEMENT, TOO. WITH A FLEXIBLE MIDSOLE AND FAST TRANSITION, IT SERVES AS A LIGHTWEIGHT TRAINER FOR TRAIL RUNNERS WHO ARE LIGHT ON THEIR FEET.

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