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Packing underfoot protection into a lightweight trail shoe, the Pearl Izumi Peak II features moderate cushioning and a semi-firm ride.

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Reach for new heights in the Pearl Izumi Peak II. This low-to-the-ground, neutral trail shoe offers a stable, performance oriented-ride. The Peak II uses just enough cushioning and midsole protection to keep this performer lightweight, yet nimble enough to handle technical trails. The Peak II can handle a variety of distances. 

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Weight: 9.7 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (27mm), Forefoot (15mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Fits small; purchase 1/2 size larger than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved

 

INTRODUCTION

The Peak II is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for speedwork, racing and daily training.

CUSHIONING

  • 1:1 Energy Foam in the forefoot cushions the foot on impact and returns energy back to the runner for a resilient ride.
MIDSOLE
  • EVA midsole foam provides durable cushioning.
  • TPU Bridge is a thermoplastic unit in the midfoot that helps maintain forefoot and rearfoot torsional integrity.
  • TPU Protection Plate in forefoot protects against stone bruising.
  • TPU Toe Cap provides toe protection and shoe durability.
UPPER
  • 1:1 High Abrasion Bonded Seamless Upper reduces irritation and improves durability of the upper with next-to-foot comfort.
  • 1:1 Lacing uses internal overlays at the midfoot to keep the upper snug to the foot.
  • Overlays at the midfoot keep the upper snug to the foot.
  • EVA Insole is a dual density material engineered for arch support and step in cushion.
  • Racing Last is Slip Lasted for extra flexibility and low weight.
  • Ortholite Sockliner provides amazing step-in comfort and long-lasting cushioning.
OUTSOLE
  • Full Carbon Rubber Outsole has lugs designed for maximum traction and durability.

Comments: I have to agree with James from Atlanta.  I've done a 21 mile and a 12 mile trail run in
them and the 12 mile was ok, but I did feel a bit beat up after 21.  I do like the shoes--they
are cushioned, they grip well in dry conditions at least (haven't tried them in wet), they
transition well; they definitely aren't NB 'minimalist' like the the 100/101 (which I really liked
but found to be not cushioned enough)  They may, however, work for longer distances for a
lighter guy (I'm 167 lbs.).
From: Ron, Bloomington, Indiana

Comments: I have a narrow heel and mid foot, average-width toe box and flat-to-normal arches.  I run around 50 - 60 miles of trails per week.
Based on my experience so far with this shoe, I don't agree that it works well on highly technical trails, possibly for shorter races, but certainly nothing over a half-marathon.  For a minimalist shoe, it does do a good job protecting the bottom of your feet from rocks and roots, but not enough for your feet to function well over an entire techincal ultramarathon.  On well-groomed trails, a runner with strong arches would find this shoe comfortable for runs greater than the aforementioned.  However, on technical trails, the shoe really leaves your feet feeling beat up quite quickly.
Traction is as good as any trail shoe that doesn't have huge rubber lugs.  The shoes are as stable as your foot will allow them to be because there isn't much between your feet and the ground.  But that won't save you from rolling an ankle when your lower calf muscles are shot from fatigue created by wearing a minimalist shoe.
At the end of day, if you want a versatile, not-so-heavy trail shoe, look at the PI Synchro Fuel XC's instead, but if you want a light, stable, one-dimensional short race shoe, you'll be pretty pleased.
From: James, Atlanta, GA


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+