About 9 months ago I switched to Pearl Izumi running shoes after 8 years running in Mizuno. During that time I went through at least 25 pairs and was able to reach 500 miles with each pair. However, each time you could tell by looking at each pair, and by the way they felt that I was stretching it to the limit trying to reach 500 miles with each pair. I have friends that can barely get 300 miles with a pair of shoes so this is not my attempt to criticize Mizuno. I had been having some hamstring issues for over a year, and often wondered if there was a brand with better durability out there, so I figured I had nothing to lose in giving Pearl Izumi a try.
I had always associates Pearl Izumi with running and cycling apparel, but was certainly intrigued when I learned they were also in the running shoe business. I decided to try the N2’s, which is a neutral shoe and according to the reviews, very similar to the model of Mizuno I had been using. I used these for a few months and was very impressed. They were very comfortable, extremely durable, and I’m sure played a part in making my hamstring injury subside. I was so impressed with the first pair, that I ordered 2 new pairs: the N1’s which are a lighter shoe more suitable for racing, and the TRI N1's, which is a triathlon specific shoe. Ordinarily, I like to be running in at least 2 pairs of shoes at any given time because I like racing in shoes that are light, and research has shown that alternating pairs (not running in the same pair on back to back day) helps to increase the lifespan of each pair.
Due to the fact that I have rotating 3 pairs of Pearl Izumi over the last 9 months, I am just now reaching the 500 mile mark with my very first pair of N2’s. I was extremely impressed with the great condition they are still in after at estimated 85-90 runs.
|Old Pair: 87 runs with a total 500 miles|
|New Pair: 3 runs with a total of 17 miles|