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A balanced trainer with a smooth and flowy ride, the Pearl Izumi EM Road N2 provides moderate cushioning and a semi-soft ride. 



The Pearl Izumi EM Road N2 is a versatile shoe that can do it all. Sporting a balanced blend of lightweight construction, protective cushioning, and reliable durability, this neutral trainer makes a strong case to be your one and only shoe. Merge that with the platform's effortlessly smooth ride and a seamless upper that moves with your foot, and you've got yourself a winning combination.

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Weight: 9.6 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (27mm), Forefoot (16mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Straight


The EM Road N2 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for speedwork, racing and daily training.


  • 1:1 Energy Foam in the forefoot cushions the foot on impact and returns energy back to the runner for a resilient ride.
  • 1:1 Energy Foam heel crash pad cushions the foot on impact and returns energy back to the runner for a resilient ride.
  • 1:1 Shock Absorption Foam in the heel diffuses the impact of ground contact through landing for protection.


  • E:Motion is a EVA foam that offers a ideal balance of cushioning and support.
  • Dynamic Offset is a new midsole shape that works with the foot as you travel through the gait cycle, delivering a smooth responsive ride. 


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Blown Rubber Forefoot offers lightweight and flexible traction.
  • Flow Line follows the patten of the gait cycle.

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: I bought the PI N2s about 6 weeks ago as a narrow foot alternative to my NB 880V3s. I wanted another brand of shoe for comparison and am glad I purchased the N2. I currently rotate the N2s with two other pair of NB V3s. I run 3X/weekly - duration/interval/speed - and run competitively in 5K races. The N2 is light, soft on the landing but has adequate cushioning for a heel striker like me. I haven't noticed a transition to mid-sole striking as another reader posted but their light-weight could easily allow it. I did have to move up 1/2 size compared to my NB. I would definitely recommend the N2s as a daily trainer.
From: Wayne, Lewisville, NC, USA

Comments: Full disclosure, I did not purchase my Road N2 shoes from running warehouse. However I feel some of the best reviews are here so I felt I should post here. I have had these shoes for a couple of weeks. I have done a couple of long runs, easy runs, and a short tempo. Overall it is a very good shoe and it is easy to run in. I love the no-seam no-overlay upper. This is something I liked in the montrail rogue fly and wanted to see in a road shoe. I have been running in the new balance 890 for over a year, and compared to that shoe the N2 is firmer underfoot but provides a better toe off. I'm a heel striker but with the N2 I can feel myself transitioning into the mid foot quickly. I'm not sure on the outsole. After only a few runs I am seeing wear on the heel of the shoe. The material is not very thick and only part of the shoe is covered. The other areas appear to be covered in foam. Think brooks green silence. So far I like the shoe and I think the trail version would be very good. 
From: Nathan, Greenville, NC

Comments: A good, no nonsense, neutral running shoe. The EM Road N2 shoes are light and have just enough cushion to support my 6'1", 175 lb. frame. Other light shoes I've tried always result in knee or hip pain since they don't provide enough buffer between foot and road, especially when going longer distances. I currently use these as my daily trainer and have no complaints. 
From: Murph, Dallas, TX, USA

Comments: For me, this is the shoe of the year, along with Mizuno Wave Sayonara. Absolutely brilliant in terms of transition. The midsole is at the middle of the distance between firm and soft (I would call it semi-firm) and feels extremely responsive. The result is a very fluid and smooth ride. The outsole material allows for a very silent stride. Toebox is generous so that your toes have plenty of room to splay. With the Road N2, Pearl Izumi created an amazing lightweight performance trainer with sufficient impact protection, that is great for every type of workout, from tempo to long runs. Ran my last marathon in them and PR-ed. Pearl Izumi, please don't spoil this shoe's next iteration!
From: Seb, Bucharest, Romania

Comments: One of the best trainers I have owned. This shoe has a great transition. The feel is soft yet firm enough to push it. You could use as a racer no problem. May want to 1/2 size up. The toebox is a little tight at first but it loosens up after a few miles. This shoe has a sock-like fit which will feel different to runners who have stayed with a traditional shoe. Overall great product. Liked them so much I bought my wife a pair and she loves them as well.
From: Jerry, Lake, MS, USA

Comments: Great shoe for daily running at easy to moderate efforts. Practically flawless. Well done, PI.
From: Peyton Hoyal, Blowing Rock, NC