Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Sep. 5, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM UTC

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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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at

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