written by staff contributor Andrew Judd:
New season, new blog post, new shoe. While we all have our old tried-and-true trusty favorites when it comes to running shoes, that doesn’t mean we aren’t always on the lookout for something to add to our current training rotation. Today, I want to talk about a shoe that is brand new to us: the Pearl Izumi Road N3.
I got my first pair of these a few months ago and they immediately became a staple in my running diet. So far they have felt good across a variety of paces, terrains, and training runs. Whether speedwork or a more relaxed pleasure run, there is a balance between the shoe’s cushion and its more responsive feel. The secret? The signature Dynamic Offset paired with Pearl’s Energy Foam. Due to the dynamic offset the entire midsole has a slight curve to it. This propels a runner forward no matter if they are a faster, more aggressive mid-foot striker or a more relaxed heel-striker. This evens out the transition between steps to create a less jarring feeling, without the bulk of the extra cushioning that other shoes add to absorb all that shock. The Energy Foam is a good soft foam with just a little extra bounce and give, creating a harmony between feeling the road, and feeling cushioned.
In the upper, Pearl Izumi has found an equilibrium between a light, sleek feeling, and still hugging the foot, holding it in place. The open toe-box will not only accommodate but feel good on almost any foot shape. This balance makes them feel perfect on a short tempo-pace day, hugging the foot and staying secure, yet feels breathable and and relaxed enough to do your long runs in.
Looking for something new in your life? Come try out this cool new shoe from Pearl Izumi and see what I’m talking about. I know I have been enjoying mine! Whether it’s a 5K tempo run or your weekly long run, they always feel exactly appropriate. My stride always feels strong, consistent, and mostly importantly, pain free!