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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Why Pearl Izumi N1 Roads v1?

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: August 16, 2014

My order from Sierra Trading Post came in last tonight, it contained just one item:
  • a pair of running shoes
What are you doing this time Harold?
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Why did I decide to go with the N1 Roads?
Honestly, I do not need any real excuse to get another pair of running shoes, since I admittedly have a running shoe problem and enjoy the process of getting new shoes - WAY TOO MUCH.
Could I have gotten by with the shoes in the closet until November - mmmmm probably.
This was more of a - I wanted some new running shoes and when you add in that TheWife had given me her tacit permission to get a pair when she gave me money for my birthday, expressly to buy some new running shoes, that money was "burning a hole in my pocket".
1. I "needed", well let's be honest, I wanted  a pair of multi-purpose daily trainers that I can do a variety of workouts in and feel comfortable doing them. Yes, I have the Meb2's and Green Silence for planned faster paced workouts, N2 Roads for long or recovery runs (slower runs), GRR2's for medium length runs (4-6 miles) at a comfortably fast paces and PI Peak II / Go Bionic Trails for - yeah trails and running on the dirt road down-back with Bennie. If all else failed, I have a pair of Brooks Launch that work just fine, but for some reason, I always manage to run in something else.
Even with all the specialty shoes, I still like to have that "all-around" light-weight trainer that I  wear for the majority of my runs, so I can change a workout on the fly and not feel like the shoes I am wearing will hold me back or not give me enough protection.
The N1's according to everything that I have read and experienced with my N1 Trails fit this description exactly. A pair of light-weight daily trainers that can do a little of everything.
2. I have put more miles in Pearl Izumi running shoes than I have any other brand of running shoes this year, so I was very familiar with the PI Brand and happy with how they worked for me compared to the Brooks, Newton and newer Skechers line-up that I have run in.
The bottom-line was that I ran well in them in spite of some issues I had (mostly the firmness, inflexibility and letting some grit/pebbles inside the shoes). The only shoes that I have liked better than my PI's were the Skechers GRR2's and that was because they had a more responsive, flexible and cushioned feel than the N2 Road's.
Running Shoes through 8-16-14
Running Shoes through 8-16-14
3. I had a really GREAT experiences with the N1 Trails and the one issue (it was a fatal flaw - letting in too much grit/pebbles) I had with them, shouldn't be an issue with the road model. Hell, at one point I even said that they were one of the best running shoes that I have ever run in.
4. Since my knee started bothering when running longer in the GRR2's, I have run a lot more in the N2 Roads and it helped me "remember" they are very comfortable and have a smooth ride, even if they are a lot firmer and inflexible when compared to the GRR2's. However, they are great for putting in miles, as long as I am not looking to pick up the pace too much.
5. When I discussed my issues with the N1 Trails, with the Pearl Izumi Outlet Store in Conway, NH, they listened to me and didn't poo-poo what I was experiencing as "my problem". I was very impressed with their commitment to customer service and wanting consumers to be happy with the Pearl Izumi products.
This commitment to customer service was a big deal to me and made it so when it was time for me to get another pair of running shoes, I looked a lot closer at getting Pearl Izumi
again. If it hadn't been for my experience at the outlet store, I probably would not have chosen the N1's and would have bought either the Kinvara 5 or Sayonara 2.
So do not say that great customer service from a brand representative does not make an impression or influence a consumer's future shoe purchases, because for me I know it does make a difference. I am very loyal to those brands who treat me well and shoe line(s) that work well for me.
6. I got the N1 Roads at a GREAT, FANTASTIC deal on them from Sierra Trading Post and yes cost can be a big reason for me to choose one pair of running shoes over the others, when all other things are pretty much equal.
While I looked closely at other running shoe options, when it came right down to it, I felt more comfortable getting the Pearl Izumi's, so I did.
All I have done so far is take them out of the box, try them on and wear them around the house for a couple of minutes. They fit exactly like I expected them to and now I can't wait to run in them, hopefully today -  if my legs coƶperate.

I will write-up my initial impressions after my first run in them.

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