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A dream shoe for the purist trail runner.
- Seamless construction gives the breathable, mesh upper a comfortable feel against the foot
- 1:1 Energy Foam cushions the forefoot and offers explosive rebound for toe-off
- Low 3.5mm drop (heel-forefoot height) gives your foot nearly level heel and forefoot heights, which puts your foot in a position that's more natural
- This low drop allows you to easily transition between heel, midfoot, and forefoot striking styles
- E:Motion midsole features the most minimalst-level cushioning for the trail
- Offset-shape midsole provides ideal support for underpronation or a running style that requires neutral support
- Rock plate protects the bottom of the forefoot against impact with rocks and other hazards
- Toe cap protects your toes from rocks, roots, and other trail hazards
- Carbon rubber outsole provides traction on the trail and supreme abrasion resistance for long-term durability
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Do you think that the rock plate in the...
Do you think that the rock plate in the forefoot would give enough stiffness for the shoe to be used for mountain biking as well as for running?
I have the La Sportiva Bushido, also a thin trail running shoe with a "rock plate," and I've biked in it. Obviously the shoe is not as stiff as a dedicated mountain biking shoe, but it's not too bad. The issue for me isn't stiffness, it's grip. The deep tread and lugs on the sole just do not play nicely with the pedals, and I felt out of control on faster, bumpier stuff. Like I was going to come off the pedals. Granted, the tread on these shoes don't look nearly as deep as the Bushidos (pictured), but my advice is if you're using platform pedals, you're going to want something with a flatter sole.
New favorite trail shoe
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I ordered these on a whim when my size was on clearance and I'm so glad I did. I am typically a size 6 in most running shoes (Adidas Tempo & Adios, Mizuno Wave Ascend, Altra Lone Peak), occasionally a size 6.5 (Altra Intuition, Saucony A5), and the 6 in these fit me well. I've got about 75 miles on them so far, and I'm loving them for packed dirt/sand/rocky trails in SoCal foothills/high desert. They've been great on gravel, too. Luggy enough that you don't slip, but enough cushion if you need to run on a little bit of pavement to get to the trail. No breaking in necessary: my first run in them was 12.5 miles on hilly trails with no discomfort or hot spots. I liked them so much I ordered the road version. Currently in my trail rotation is the Adidas XT4, Mizuno Wave Ascend, Altra Lone Peak and now this shoe. Since buying these, I find myself choosing the Lone Peak & N1 the most often.
Pearl Izumi EM Trail N 1 Trail Running
Packed mud & rocky trails!
Great trail shoe for packed surfaces, the extra cushion makes them comfortable for distance, gravel and roots, while the drop is still minimal and keeps ya feeling close to the ground! Rubber is ultra sticky, worked great during some light hiking in Moab, and the laces have a unique twist that keeps them really locked in place once laced up! Size up a half of a size, I normally wear a 9.5, often 10 in sneakers and I sized up to 10.5.