• Seamless Upper provides support and structure in a lightweight, seam-free package
• NEW Dynamic offset-shaped E:MOTIONTM midsole features our most cushioned midsole platform and is biomechanically tuned for rear-foot overpronation
• 1:1 Energy Foam in forefoot cushions upon impact and returns energy back to the
runner during propulsion
• 1:1 Energy Foam in heel cushions upon initial ground impact
• High-density post at medial heel thru mid-foot is engineered for pronation control
• Blown rubber in the forefoot and carbon rubber in the crash pad combine for premium cushioning and abrasion resistance
• Dynamic Offset: 4 mm at initial contact to 7.5 mm at mid-stance
• Heel Stack Height: 27mm (includes midsole and outsole)
Sizes: 7–13 in ½ sizes, size 14
Weight: 12.2oz/346g (size 9)
REVIEW by Ben Hirst
I'm usually pretty skeptical and not open to change like a lot of runners when trialing a new shoe for the very first time. I have been quite devoted to the Salomon shoe range for a few years now and have yet to fault them.
So when presented with the Pearl Izumi EM Road H 3 V2s those same familiar questions came running through my head... will these make me slower, will they be as comfortable as my Salomon shoes? and will they last over a longer distance?
As I kept an open mind and laced up, I headed out of Find Your Feet store and down the road for a jog and from the moment I put the Pearl Izumi EM Road H3s on, I was blown away by the overall feel of this shoe through its stability, overall cushioning and light-weight feel. Without a doubt this had to be the most comfortable shoe I had ever run in to date. With this in mind I just had to take them on a few test runs to see how they held up over longer distances on a variety of terrain.
Test 1 – fast and short (6km fun run - road/ gravel)
These shoes stepped up to the plate and were very nimble and fast whilst providing
the cushion and stability needed. As the Terrain changed from road to gravel I still
felt comfortable striding out without worrying about slipping or falling over.
Test 2 – slow long run (28km run - road/gravel surface).
After running for 2 hours or more usually my legs start to get tired and I can find
myself plodding a lot, as I got to that stage the lightness and comfort in the shoes
almost counterbalanced that feeling allowing me to maintain the pace I wanted
with ease. The other noticeable bonus was that none of my usual niggles flared
up during the 34km day which was a pleasant surprise.
If you’re a heel striker or tend to over pronate like I do this shoe is for you. Pearl Izumi have created a 3-D Seamless Upper Technology that seems to provide a level of extreme comfort that would often be found in light minimalist shoes. These shoes weigh in at a modest 346g but feel much lighter due to the sole design and seamless upper and overall solid fit .
The real quality you get from this shoe is that it possesses a high amount of cushioning and support without being chunky and feeling like they are weighing you down. the first thing you will notice when you put these shoes on there is a decent amount of support for the arch of your foot and it kind of feels like a rolling motion which just makes for a smooth and enjoyable run. This shoe is perfect for ultra runners, long distance runners with high workloads or even just casual runners wanting that higher level of comfort and support.
Overall The Pearl Izumi EM ROAD H3 v2s are a really smooth, comfortable good looking shoe and will certainly be my go to shoe when competing in road ultras and training this year and i'm looking forward to seeing what Pearl Izumi come up with next!
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