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Wow, these shoes are sweet! This will surely be your first thought upon stepping into the Pearl Izumi Kissaki, a lightweight shoe that's itching to get out of the box and onto the open road. The minimal upper is well-ventilated and seam-free, for a superbly comfortable fit. Light, fast, and springy, this shoe is an excellent choice for race day, yet also has enough cushion to serve as a daily trainer.

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Weight: 10.1 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (27mm), Forefoot (17mm)

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Fits small; purchase 1/2 size larger than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium to full volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Low height

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: December 2012
  • Model discontinued: Unknown

INTRODUCTION

The Kissaki is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for speedwork, racing and daily training. it is built with a semi-curved shape.

CUSHIONING

  • 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.
MIDSOLE
  • EVA midsole foam provides durable cushioning.
UPPER
  • 1:1 Bonded Seamless Upper gives a close, seam-free fit for next-to-skin comfort.
  • 1:1 Lacing uses internal overlays at the midfoot to keep the upper snug to the foot.
  • Memory Foam Heel Collar provides a comfortable, custom fit.
  • Ortholite Sockliner provides amazing step-in comfort and long-lasting cushioning.
  • Racing Last is Slip Lasted for extra flexibility and low weight.
OUTSOLE
  • Full Blown Rubber outsole offers lightweight and flexible traction.
  • Heel Crash Pad is made of carbon rubber for increased durability.

Comments: I would actually order true size not 1/2 size larger as suggested. I read several reviews after ordering the shoes and was nervous. One review stated that "kissaki" meant the tip of a samurai sword which was appropriate since that is what it felt like was cutting your toes off while wearing the shoes. On my first 3 mile run with the shoes, sure enough about 2 miles in,my right foot felt like my toes were being sliced but the left was fine. I noticed that the laces were tighter on the right and made the adjustments. That was all that was needed to correct the issue and now I really like them. They are as advertised.  My previous favorite is the Asics Gel Nimbus 13. 
From: Mike, Waukesha,WI USA

Comments: I would order true to size for the Kissaki.  The forefoot is very wide.  The shoes are as advertised, a good lightweight trainer with a low heel drop ("looks" lower than 9mm).  Average cushioning in both heel and forefoot.  Build quality is about average.
From: David, Ashburn, VA, USA

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

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

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

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