I was asked to review a pair of Pearl Izumi Streak II running shoes and was happy to oblige. However, deep down I was a bit skeptical that I could find a shoe I'd like more than my Nike Frees and Brooks Launch. Little did I know...
This shoe is marketed for training and racing. I have never owned racing shoes before; I always thought they would not feel comfortable, and that was the case with a couple of pairs I tried in the past. However, this was not the case with the Streak shoes. The shoes are comfortable, and fit like a glove. They are light (6.8 ounces for 8.5 women's) and mold to the foot. The moment I put them on I did not want to take them off. So I ran a half marathon in them without having ever taken them on a test run. Oops! But, they felt amazing. I have a midfoot strike, but in this shoe I was on my toes much more. Running on your toes means running faster, and faster I ran:). When I got back to my "other" running shoes, my midfoot strike returned...
The shoes are very flexible, there is almost no heel drop, and these two factors make you feel like you are running barefoot but landing on soft yet springy foam. The shoes are very soft, the heel cup is tight, and the forefoot is roomy but can be tightened with the laces to fit ones foot width. The upper is seamless which I love because it allows running sockless without fear of blisters or hot spots. I have not tried this yet, though:)
I absolutely love these shoes. I hate reviews that are super positive, but really I am having a hard time finding anything I don't like about this shoe. Oh, yes, the price...They are a bit expensive @ $110, but found them on google shopping with $85, which is the same as the Nike Frees and cheaper than Launch. If you are interested in a neutral, cushioned, light racing/training shoe, this one is a gem. If you don't believe me, go to your local running store and get a pair out of a stroll. You will most likely fall in love, like I did!
All the technical details from the manufacturer could be found here.
Thank you, Pearl Izumi, for giving me these shoes to review!
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Long terms goals/dreams
Marathon: sub 3:00:00 PR: 3:14:29 Halfmarathon: sub 1:25:00 PR: 1:28:46 5K: sub 18 PR: 17:26 on short course (2.99miles on Garmin) 10K: sub 40