Pearl Izumi Kissaki 2, $130
9.7 oz.; 8.3 oz.
Fit: This low-volume trainer fits snugly throughout, even without considering this shoe fits a half-size smaller than most Pearl Izumi shoes. A seamless and interior and effective lacing system add to what testers considered a keen fit.
Feel: This shoe sits lower to the ground than some of its contemporaries in the neutral cushioning category and has a mild 9mm heel-toe differential. It’s generally soft and accommodating in the heel and the forefoot (thanks to a secondary layer of softer foam), but it produces a responsive sensation in motion.
Ride: This shoe is a do-everything everyday trainer, with a good combination of soft and semi-firm cushioning and a low-to-the-ground forefoot that inspires fast, agile running. Although it has good forward flexibility, there is some inherent structure from a plastic midfoot shank and the slightly firmer foam that makes up most of the midsole.
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