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A supportive trail shoe tuned to provide an efficient and nimble ride, the Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2 offers moderate cushioning and a semi-firm ride.



Find the support you need to take on the trails with the efficient ride of the Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2. With a platform designed to deliver a nimble yet stable ride, this shoe offers a seamless upper for a socklike fit and a grippy outsole for versatile traction.

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Weight: 10.0 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (27mm), Forefoot (18mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

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


The EM Trail M2 is a minimum feature, moderate support trail shoe designed for 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.


  • 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.
  • High Density Post slows the rate of pronation to provide support.


  • Seamless Upper improves next-to-foot comfort, offering a supple, sock-like fit that moves with the foot.
  • Bonded Toe Cap protects the foot from hazards on the trail.
  • SBR Tongue resists water absorption without sacrificing comfort or breathability.
  • 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.


  • 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.

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: this shoe has a great feeling upper,love the laces,it has a good width in the fore foot ,the heel fit is good .I would describe the feel under foot as firm.Running warehouse must be measuring the drop wrong this is a 4mm drop so the shoe has a flat feel and will take time for your calfs to adjust if you have been running in more conventional shoes great shoe
From: Rick, USA. 3/19/14

Comments: I'm in love! After about 5 years of being 100% loyal to my Cascadia's I decided to try something new after a few too many ankle rolls. The shoes are amazingly comfy and I get a lot of feedback for the cushion - (I'm reviewing the M2's only here)... Only negative that I can come up with is that they like to eat wear the gaiters if you hit a dusty trail. Recommendation is to size up about a half a size. I was a 11.5 in Cascadia's and had to go up to 12's. I get about 400-450 miles out of them - another 50-100 for treadmill or street use. 6'1" - Race weight about 170-175 lbs and hibernation winter weight around 185.
From: Dustin, Inland Empire, CA, USA. 2/18/14

Comments: these shoes Rock!! Feel broken in right out of the box, took them on a nice 15 mile trail run for the first run and they performed phenomanally!! big Kudos TO RunningWarehouse..I Placed my order on a friday and reccieved them on Saturday just in time for my weekly long run.
From: Francisco, East Rancho Dominguez Ca U.S.

Comments: I don't run the trails a lot, but often enough to warrant buying a trail shoe. I went with these, as I am a fan of the Emotion Series Road shoes. I found these to be great. No hot spots or blisters and the cushion is decent. I didn't feel rocks most of the time, but every now and then on super rocky trails I do feel a few of the rocks. But not enough to get rock bruises.
From: John, Kaysville, UT, USA

Comments: I really wanted to love these shoes. The upper is fantastic, they're very comfortable and supportive, and the E:Motion system isn't a gimmick--they're super smooth on the toe-off. But they have a serious downside: traction on rocks that are moist, smooth, or tilted (which describes a lot of what I run on) is bad to the point of being nearly suicidal. The rubber is just too hard, which will undoubtedly make them very durable, but which creates terror on the trail like no other. I'm going back to the La Sportiva Helios and relegating these to asphalt, carriage roads, and really dry conditions. If PI puts sticky rubber on this series, they'll be awesome.
From: Henry, Highland, NY

Comments: The perfect shoe, really. I've never felt more secure on the trail and comfortable on pavement than with the PI EM Trail M2. The arch support is perfect, even for my extremely flat feet. It's unobtrusive and disappears beneath your feet, but definitely does it's job. I also love that there is high density foam laterally. It prevents your foot from sliding off the sole when canted, and prevents rolled ankles. Your toes won't hit the toe box on descents. The sausage laces are awesome. Plenty of cushion in the heel for bombing down hills and plenty of grip and protection in the forefoot for climbing back up them. Upper breaths exceptionally well. Go 1/2 size up from what Shoefitr says.
From: Sam, Cary NC

Comments: These shoes are freakin awesome! I have run in a large number of trail shoes and the closest I came to my perfect shoe was the puregrit, until now. The fit is secure from heel to midfoot and roomy enough in the toebox. This may be the first shoe that my foot does not slide around in. The grip is amazing and the cushioning is perfect. Don't let the "M" scare you away. The "N" just didnt have enough cushioning for me and I didn't like the fit so I'm glad I gave these a try.
From: Kelly, Arden, NC, USA