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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: 8.5 oz (size 8)

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

Available Widths: B=Medium

How It Fits (based on width B)

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


The EM Road N 2 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for speedwork, racing and daily training. it is built with a semi-curved shape.


  • 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.
  • Racing Last is Slip Lasted for extra flexibility and low weight.


  • 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: This is a very preliminary review of the Pearl Izumi EM Road N2. I have only run in it 3 times but so far so good.

About me: I run about 35-40 miles a week; I have narrow feet and a high arch, and I have been comfortable running in other low-drop, minimal support shoes (Saucony Virrata and Inov-8 Road Extreme).

About the shoe: First, I think it is a great looking shoe. Let's be honest, we all care a little bit about how a shoe looks. It has a minimal tread (so sticks, pebbles don't get stuck in it like the Virrata). The contrast lacing is sharp but the laces feel a bit too short. I like to double-tie/knot and it's hard to do without feeling like I need to pull the laces over the top of my foot too tight. The laces are also cord-like/round which makes them harder to tie. That being said, they have yet to come untied on either of my three runs so points there. The shoe fits snug on my foot in all the right places. The heel feels secure yet there is plenty of room in the toe-box for my foot (again, I have a narrow foot. Not sure if this is the shoe for you with a wider foot.) My first run in these shoes was 18 miles and I experienced no hot-spots or blisters. Feel very comfortable right away. The shoe rides nice. I tend not to get into all the mechanics and science behind a shoe because each shoe company has their own, etc. but it feels smooth through the stride. It is not bouncy or overly cushioned but more forgiving that my Inov-8s feel on longer runs (12- 15+ miles). I ran another 6 in them today and I really didn't think about them at all - which to me is a good thing. Will add more about durability when I have some more miles on them. 
From: Meghan, Boston, MA