Pearl Izumi: Streak II


Danielle Denton

The Streak II running shoes by Pearl Izumi came today and I was sad to say that they were too small for me. I didn’t see on the website where it’s stated that the race last in the shoe makes the shoe a half size smaller than Pearl Izumi’s standard shoe, so plan accordingly.  I am normally a 9.5 in all my running shoes, but I had to go up to a 10 for these shoes.  They come in four awesome colors and are reasonably priced for a great pair of running shoes MSRP $110.  My initial impression of the shoes was positive besides the fit and I was quite excited to try them out.  They have a bonded seamless upper to create a seam free fit on the interior of the shoes.  Energy cushions the forefoot with impact in order to create a greater energy return.  The Ortholite sockliner makes for superior comfort when first put on and is long-lasting according to the website. Something new to me is the 360° lacing in these shoes.  They are said to anatomically conform to the foot for a tailored fit regardless of foot shape.  I have wider feet, so I guess I will see if the lacing system gives me enough room to not get cramps.  I always get cramps in my feet when my shoes are too tight and that distracts me from good running form.  

The Outsole is a combination of outsole-grade EVA and blown rubber for comfort and weight saving properties. I noticed they have good reflectivity and are fairly lightweight at about 7 oz. (of course that is dependent upon size).  The heel to toe offset is only 9mm which makes for a great transition shoe from a tradition drop to the flat drop.  Something interesting on the website is that they are light enough for a 5K and cushioned enough for a marathon.  I hope that is the case because I am planning on running both in mine.  I am ready to see if they are really up to the challenge.  

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