Pearl Izumi EM Trail N3 Men's Shoes Blue/Lime

Pearl Izumi EM Trail N3 Men's Shoes Blue/Lime

Sale: $49.88 MSRP: $135.00

The Pearl Izumi EM Trail N3 is a standard, varied-surface, neutral trail running shoe best suited for daily training.

Pearl Izumi EM Trail N3 Men Shoe Bl/Li 7.0 D
In Stock: 2
  • Size: Size 7.0    Width D    In Stock: 2
Pearl Izumi EM Trail N3 Men Shoe Bl/Li 7.5 D
In Stock: 3
  • Size: Size 7.5    Width D    In Stock: 3


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Plush underfoot cushioning, mile after mile, the Pearl Izumi EM Trail N3 delivers a smooth ride as you traverse the trails. An energy foam rim and core delivers a soft ride and an ESS Forefoot rock plate protects your feet from stone bruising. Paired with an aggressive carbon rubber outsole and a seamless upper, the trail N3 is sure to keep your feet happy during your next trail adventure.

Model Number: 16116016-5HQ

Weight: 10.7 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: 31mm (Heel), 23mm (Forefoot)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium to high
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


  • 1:1 Energy Foam rim and core cushions the foot on impact and returns energy back to the runner for a resilient ride.
  • E:Motion is a EVA foam that offers a ideal balance of cushioning and support, bio-mechanically tuned for the neutral runner.
  • Dynamic Offset is a new midsole shape that works with the foot as you travel through the gait cycle, delivering a smooth responsive ride.


  • Carbon Rubber Trail Outsole provides multidirectional traction and durability.
  • Flow Line follows the patten of the gait cycle.
  • ESS Rock Plate consists of hardened foam that protects the foot from sharp rocks and stone bruising.


  • Seamless Upper improves next-to-foot comfort, offering a supple, sock-like fit that moves with the foot.
  • Transfer Dry breathable mesh keeps the foot cool and dry.
  • Bonded Overlays at the midfoot keep the upper snug to the foot.
  • Ortholite Sockliner provides amazing step-in comfort and long-lasting cushioning.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: Goldilocks Trail

I found them to be comfortable, well cushioned, not spongy, and just firm enough. They role real nice on technical and non-technical trails. I just finished 15 miles in them and love them. Will order another pair.

From:  Ed, Colorado Springs, CO, USA. February 21st 2017

Comments: My N3 just arrived last Saturday. Sunday I wore this shoes and less than 8km I got blisters which never happened to me with other shoes (New Balance, Merrell, Nike, Adidas and Hoka One One). It is so frustrating. 

From: Anonymous. February 14th 2017

Comments: I love these shoes. I mainly use them for longer races or trail runs. I usually run in the N2 V3's for shorter distances (50 miles or less). Recently I changed into the N3's at the midway point of a 100 mile race, along with fresh Darn Tough merino wool socks. The difference for my battered soaking wet feet was night and day. The extra 2mm of cushion does feel deader, but that's actually you not feeling the rocks and roots as much as with less cushy shoes.
I hate that PI is not making running shoes anymore, I bought a couple extra pair, but I am already looking for other options.
The downsides of this model is the lack of grip in the wet and mud, however they drain well and you can manage in them. I may pick up one more pair to get me through 2017 if they go on sale again.

From: Jay, WI, USA. September 19th 2016

Comments: I really like this shoe...but I didnt feel that way immediately. When I first received them, I thought they were heavy and somewhat inflexible, and different than what I was using, but I decided to keep them and run some miles in them because they felt very comfortable on my feet.  After accumulating 100+ on fairly technical terrain, I can say that they are a little heavy and they are less flexible than I usually like, BUT, they run really well on this type of terrain, and they are very protective.  I used them for the second half of the Western States 100 and they caused no issues at all!
The toebox is wide and high and quite protective of toe-stubs, and I thought they dried out fairly quickly too.  I am buying another pair as they are a great shoe for my ultra-adventures.

From: Joe G, NJ, USA. July 6th 2016

Comments: Wore these shoes on one run and by the end strongly considered taking them off and finishing barefoot. My legs felt hammered and my feet sore. For a max-cushioned shoe, the impact of each footstrike was horrendous. They are going to Goodwill tomorrow. Huge waste of money. I also bought the new N2 v3 trail shoes and right out of the box they were awesome. Run road in both the N1 and N3. Awesome. N3 Trail? Pearl Izumi you blew it. Tread is great, plenty of space up front. Secure and stable. So many things going on, but the ride and the condition of my legs the next day overshadow any positives. I would highly recommend testing this shoe out before you spend the money.

From: Chris, VT, USA. June 28th 2016

Comments: I'd like to add a quick update to my March review...... After a month or so of on/off use, I stopped using these shoes. The reason: The toe box doesn't flex as much as it needs to on climbs. I was noticing resistance on steeper climbs and compared the flexibility of this shoe's forfoot with other shoes. I'd say generally, she sole is too stiff and the shoe is a bit over-built. Great for flats and downhills.

From: Gus, Central Coast, CA, USA. June 12th 2016

Comments: I have had a love and hate relationship with Pearl Izumi shoes in the past. I really enjoyed the N1 trail and the N0, the N2 trail didn't not work for me. I was curious of this shoe, the N3 road was a smooth running shoe, but a little heavy for me, and heel lock no matter how I laced was not good. I had to try these, and glad I did. The N3 trail are on another level. They are the smoothest running shoe I've ever worn. The toebox is perfect, not Altra wide, but just right and does not feel like clownshoes. The heel lock was just right, and the laces stayed right my whole run. I pull these right out of the box and did 13 miles of technical, muddy/wet trail and am totally happy with them. Technical downhill was fine, great protection, and very stable. They are not the lightest shoe, but run so smooth they disappear under you. I purposely ran through some thick mud/wet clay to see how well they shed mud, and was surprised how well they performed, the tread/lugs are fantastic, great wet traction which was a downfall of the N2 V1's.These are going to be going with me to my next 100, totally confident they will do the job. Great job Pearl!

From: Reuben, Belmont, OH, USA. April 22nd 2016

Comments: I've used this shoe for (2) 1.5 hour long runs so far, and I'm really enjoying the shoe. I went through about 6 pairs of the original EM N2 shoes, but then I felt something was tweaked in subsequent color changes - mainly the arch structure - despite being the same shoe. This EM N3 is the smoothest running shoe I've ever worn. I land mostly neutral a bit on my heels and these shoes definitely roll through each stride. The transition to toe off is like pedaling. The extra amount of cushioning is something I really wanted from Pearl - and this shoe has got it. I typically don't care for much arch structure and the arch in these shoes is probably medium in height and has so far gone un-noticed - the structure is pretty low key. I like a generous toe box and although I wouldn't say the toe box is EE wide, my toes feel like they have a lot of wiggle space - this is absolutely mandatory for 4+ hour long runs. The shoe is pretty flexible in the forefoot region - on steep climbs I haven't felt hampered. The mid-foot aspect of the upper fits me well - not overly snug - just well fitting. If I'm standing and I roll my feet outwardly, the shoe stays with my feet.... my feet don't rotate within the shoe. Heel cup doesn't bother my heel on climbs - my heel stays put. The heel collar on the shoes is not the best - it's a bit angular and the material is kind of dense. My ankle joints tend to stay off the heel collar on flat stuff - but this changes with off camber conditions. The tops of the heel collars should be completely soft and round - and minimal in material bulk. Bubble laces keep the initial lace tension dialed for entire runs. This shoe weighs more than the Hoka Cliftons, but the EM N series last longer - both midsole and uppers as their mileage increases. I'm 155lbs, run 5 days a week - 1.5/2 hour long runs, 95% skinny/hilly trails.

From: Gus, Central Coast, CA, USA.  March 20th 2016