The new Pearl Izumi E:MOTION Tri N1 v2 running shoe is built for pure performance on race day – great for blazing quick transitions and being fast and light to the finish. The quick-draining and breathable mesh upper keeps your feet cool and dry, and the updated E:MOTION® midsole promotes a smooth and efficient turnover running style.

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With Pearl Izumi’s Project E:MOTION™, they are striving to deliver the smoothest running experience possible. It’s not just about a midsole made for perpetual motion, energy-returning heel (for those who still heel strike) and forefoot foam or an industry-leading seamless upper. It’s about the fusion of technology and function that delivers a fluid, responsive, ridiculously sublime ride.

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This is the first Pearl Izumi running shoe that we have wear tested. Most of their previous models had high heel-to-toe drop and narrow toe boxes. With the E:MOTION Tri N1 v2, it uses a new 3-D seamless print upper that adds a lightweight structure and upper integrity with a transfer dry spacer mesh that keeps feet cool and dry. I love their sock-like upper construction and quick lacing system. However, it felt a little too tight so you might want to size up by a half size – unless you have really skinny feet. I even replaced the sock liner with a thinner version to minimize the volume.

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The Pearl Izumi E:MOTION Tri N1 v2 has a stack height of 19mm, one of the lowest in the E:MOTION collection – only the RACE E:MOTION NØ v2 is lower at 16mm. The heel-to-toe offset is about 1mm according to my digital calipers. Pearl Izumi calls it the dynamic offset: 1 mm at initial contact to 4.5 mm at mid-stance. Taking the E:MOTION Tri N1 v2 on the rubber track for speed work and on trails for long runs, this is definitely a fast and responsive running shoe that is suited for road racing and triathlons.

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I’m impressed by my test runs with the Pearl Izumi running shoe. But it also require some improvements like a higher volume upper mesh to allow for a sock-like comfort fit in addition to a collapsible heel to allow for easy and fast ‘on-off’ in triathlons. For a lightweight, slightly cushioned racing shoe, the E:MOTION Tri N1 v2 is good for your next race or triathlon!