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.
Check back soon to see the results…..