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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've had these for a month and a half now, and though I've tried other PI shoes and another brand's shoe in that time, I have to say that this is the best shoe that I've run in for 23 years.   It is fast, great flexibility and transition, very well designed with no gimmicks, and has enough cushioning for training (but you can feel the ground, too).  I've beaten them pretty badly, including with a 20 mile trail run, but they are still holding up (and I'm 167 lbs.) I both supinate and pronate on one foot, and they are ok with that, even.  Very recently I bought a pair of P.I. Kissaki as a complement to these, for some more support and recovery because I tend to run fast in these, and they complement each other pretty nicely.  Really a shoe to love if you like putting on something light, but cushioned enough, that will just let you go out the door and really run.
From: Ron, Bloomington, IN

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


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+

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