Tuesday, May 29, 2012

OnlineShoes.com Pearl Izumi Peak II Review / Giveaway


A few weeks back, I received an email from the folks over at OnlineShoes.com.  I've said it before and I'll say it again. Drinking an entire bottle of wine makes your voice very quiet, you have to make sure to YELL your hilarious jokes while drinking. When a representative from a great online shoe store reaches out to you, you answer that email faster than a pack of dogs on a 3 legged cat.

Turns out, they had a pair of Pearl Izumi Peak II Trail shoes laying around that were begging to be giving the sniff test by The Boring Runner. AND, they had another pair that they wanted to give away to my readers!!! Since I am thinking about dabbling into trail running and LOVE the "Electric Blue" color (and well, and let's be honest....FREE SHOES??) I decided that I'd give them a whorl.

Pearl Izumi is a shoe and clothing manufacturer that has tailored itself to be a bit of an elite brand.  While not necessarily in a bad way like those people who drink their beer with their pinkie up, instead they make no apologies for wanting people to be their best. Their shoes generally cost slightly more than a "normal" brand (although, most are actually on sale right now on OnlineShoes.com that puts them right on par with everyone else), they focus more on the triathlete than many other brands, and often times utilize some of the most cutting edge fabrics.  As such, the shoes I tried had a fully seamless upper (usually meaning that they can be worn sockless) and a smaller rock plate that still provides some very good protection.

As is usually the case when I test shoes (Especially these Pearl Izumi Shoes), I like to put them through ALL tests that other people never try.  Anyone can RUN in shoes, but really it is the extras that push a shoe from "protects my feet from yucky mud" to "omg, I want to sleep with these on my hands!"

Test #1: Bring out my baby blues

Well, I mean, obviously we can all see THIS one passed 
Fab-u-lousssss

 Test #2: Successfully navigate the treacherous carpet in my house

Passed!  Thank goodness they had a rock plate, stupid Legos....
In fact, I MIGHT start sleeping with these on for those late night stumbles to the bathroom

Test #3: Test the shoes on some technical, rocky terrain

Passed!  Well, this MIGHT have been my front "lawn", but who is counting, right?


Ok, seriously....I've ran in the Peak II a handful of times and I have to say I really like the more minimal style while still offering great protection against rocks and twists and turns.  Granted, I didn't do any super technical trails on them but I'd like to think that I still ran them through their paces.  I did 30ish miles on the Phoenix canal system as seen here:
Technical trails, they ain't, but they are a good enough proxy for non technical flat trail running to break in my lightweight trail shoes.

I could tell that they were lightweight and neutral but still a bit stiffer than a normal neutral road shoe. The one interesting thing is that they run small - a half to nearly a full size small.  I normally wear a 9.5 and I wouldn't want these size 10s to go any smaller - especially if I were shooting down the side of a mountain at 10mph.  Another thing that I noticed was that the shoes are a touch wider that I'm used to.  So, they look a bit strange when I put them on after having road shoes on, but the added few mm of width I'm sure pays dividends when hopping over roots.

Overall, I like these shoes a LOT compared to my other more bulky, heavy, clunky trail shoes.  They seem to be light and nimble (like me!) but still able to handle their own in the mud and the crud (unlike me).  So, I'd recommend them for anyone looking to take a stab at going off road!

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Ok, this is when you say: sure sure sure, whatever whatever, gimme some free shoes!

Like most contests, there will be a million ways to enter. You can pick from any of the mens Men's Pearl Izumi Peak II or the women's Pearl Izumi Peak II.  Unfortunately, you DO have to be in the USA.  The contest starts now and goes until 6/2.  PLEASE leave a comment for each time you enter.  I promise that I’m not going to the work to separate them all out so it’ll only count for one if you do 10 things and leave it in one comment. Normally I'm fair, but this time I'm horribly lazy

  • Follow my blog and leave a comment letting me know you do
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Follow OnlineShoes.com on Twitter
  • Send out a Tweet mentioning me and the contest: Something similar to:  "I'm ready to get dirty with @TheBoringRUnner and a pair of free @pearlizumi shoes hosted by @OnlineShoes_com http://www.TheBoringRunner.com/"
  • Repost on your blog or Facebook, whatever.



FCC Stuff: I got a pair of shoes for free.  If you’d stop reading this disclaimer and enter you could too! I wasn’t asked for a positive review.  Seriously, are you still reading? You should be entering by leaving a comment

244 comments:

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Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I follow your blog, regrettably.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I follow you on twitter, even though you probably have me blocked at this point.

Running In Boise said...

Blog follower.

Running In Boise said...

I follow you on twitter.

JVK said...
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Running In Boise said...

Sent out the tweet.

JVK said...

I follow your blog.

JVK said...

I follow you on twitter!

JVK said...

I follow on-line shoes on twitter!

Cindy H. said...

I follow your blog!

JVK said...

I tweeted about the contest!

JVK said...

I shared on my Facebook!

Michelle said...

I follow your blog! Thanks for the chance!

Michelle said...

I follow you on Twitter!! Thanks again...

Kim said...

I follow your blog already

Runners Fuel said...

Already follow your blog!

Kim said...

I follow you on the twitter

Runners Fuel said...

Already follow you on twitter

Michelle said...

LOL - I tweeted! Thanks yet again for the chance!

https://twitter.com/#!/RynonutMom

Kim said...

I will repost on whatever ... ;) ok, perhaps FB

Runners Fuel said...

Already follow online shoes on Twitter

Kim said...

I follow Onlineshoes.com on the twitter as well

Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal said...

You know I follow your blog already...but seriously, you have the freaking funniest reviews ever. No joke!

Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal said...

And on twitter. You're almost as funny there :)

Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal said...

I'm losing track of my ways to enter! Oh yeah, I follow OnlineShoes on the Twitter too

C2Iowa said...

I follow adam!

Karen said...

i follow your blog

brent said...

I follow your blog.

Kathy said...

I rarely (if ever) enter these, but I do have a US address to have them sent to should I somehow win (chance in a million).

Rain said...

I am a follower and a twitter-er of yours.

RapidEye said...

Free shoes - whats not to love: reposted on Twitter!

Shannon said...

I follow your blog!

Meghan said...

I follow your blog. I have been really getting into trail running - these would be an excellent addition to my line up!

Shannon said...

I follow you on Twitter!

Shannon said...

I follow OnlineShoes.com on Twitter...

Shannon said...

Retweeted the contest on Twitter!

Shannon said...

I posted about this on Facebook.

bakerunlive.com said...

I follow your blog!

bakerunlive.com said...

I follow you on Twitter!

Tami said...

I follow your blog.

Tami said...

I also follow you on twitter.

Ironmom (Julie) said...

I follow your blog.

Ironmom (Julie) said...

And I follow you on Twitter. Thanks for the giveaway!

Tami said...

I follow @onlineshoes_com on twitter.

Betsy said...

I follow your blog

Needlerunning said...

I follow your blog

Tami said...

and....I tweeted."I'm ready to get dirty with @TheBoringRUnner and a pair of free @pearlizumi shoes hosted by @OnlineShoes_com http://www.TheBoringRunner.com/"

Needlerunning said...

I also follow your twitter account. I love me some PI shoes and always need another pair, especially if they are free.

abbi said...

I follow your blog.

abbi said...

I follow you on Twitter (@highermiles)

Jason said...

I follow your blog and love the PI ads. They are dope. "the marathon was meant to be, raced" love it.

aveteranrunnah.com said...

Yep follow your blog

aveteranrunnah.com said...

follow you on Twitter to @haroldlshaw

tweetsweet said...

I follow your blog. You have occasionally made me (almost) spray drinks out of my nose with your writing. But, just almost, I am sure it will happen...haha.

winston2 said...

i follow your blog

winston2 said...

reposted on fb

ltlindian said...

follower!

ltlindian said...

twitter follower too!

ltlindian said...

just added online shoes to my twitter followings is that a word?

ltlindian said...

posted on fb

ltlindian said...

tweeted

Christine Ashby said...

I follow you.

Christine Ashby said...

I follow you on twitter.

Christine Ashby said...

I follow onlineshoes as well!

Christine Ashby said...

tweeted!

Kate said...

I follow your blog!

Kate said...

I follow you on twitter

ratherbeswimming said...

I follow your bolg.

ratherbeswimming said...

I also follow your tweets - even the ones about poop. (@ratherbeswimmin)

ratherbeswimming said...

I follow online shoes on twitter

ratherbeswimming said...

...and I tweeted. @ratherbeswimmin

JFord said...

Can we keep it between us that I follow your blog?? and I am tweeting and will be following you on Twitter!

Bean said...

Follow your blog

Suz and Allan said...

Follow your blog of course

Suz and Allan said...

Follow you on twitter

Suz and Allan said...

Follow online shoes on twitter

Suz and Allan said...

Tweeted here https://twitter.com/Suz4AU0608/status/207567260309655554

Patty T said...

I follow your blog.

Patty T said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Patty T said...

I follow OnlineShoes.com on Twitter.

Patty T said...

I tweeted the giveaway. https://twitter.com/POquist/status/207568289780613120

X-Country2 said...

I follow your blog.

X-Country2 said...

I follow you on twitter. (But mostly for the kid stories.)

X-Country2 said...

I follow online shoes on twitter. (They're on probation though...)

Laurel C said...

I tweeted!
https://twitter.com/pace_of_laurel/status/207572592951967745

Laurel C said...

I'm a blog follower!

Laurel C said...

I also follow you on twitter!

Laurel C said...

I follow OnlineShoes on twitter!

Amanda - TooTallFritz said...

I follow the blog and am commenting here.

Amanda - TooTallFritz said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Amanda - TooTallFritz said...

I follow onlineshoes.com via twitter.

David R. said...

I follow this most boring running blog on the face of this earth. theboringrunner.com

David R. said...

@dr_foucault follows the boring runner on twitter

David R. said...

Follow online shoes @@OnlineShoes_com on twitter like I do, because it is what cool people do.

David R. said...

Sent out a message on the twitter machine

Pam said...

I follow you. I follow you HARD.

(Side note: Mizuno emailed me about a month ago. I replied but they never followed through. :( Fuckers.)

Jan[et] Cicelia said...

I follow your blog

Jan[et] Cicelia said...

I follow your Twitter

pensive pumpkin said...

follow your blog

pensive pumpkin said...

follow your twitter.

pensive pumpkin said...

follow you around the block, cause I'm not creepy at all and neither is the idea of all these people following you. heh.

pensive pumpkin said...

follow online shoes on twitter, too. I'm a follower.

pensive pumpkin said...

just blogged about my FIRST TRAIL RUNNING EXPERIENCE and added a shout out for the contest. because i just bought new road shoes and they are pretty and white and are not trail shoes. but i ran in them anyway. cause i'm a rebel. not a follower. except for following you.

everywhere.

which, again, isn't creepy at all.

Andrea @ theMFDre said...

your blog is boring. and i follow it. so i must be tragically boring. :)

theMFDre

Keef said...

I follow de blog

Keef said...

No really, I follow it(blog) a lot

Absoblogginlutely! said...

I follow your blog - I'm getting wiser about the world of running every day.

Absoblogginlutely! said...

And I already follow you on Twitter

Absoblogginlutely! said...

And now follow online shoes - wonder when they'll ask me to do a giveaway....

Andrea said...

I follow yer blog!

Andrea said...

follow ya on Twitter, too :)

Sarah Iwanusa said...

Follow the blog!

Sarah Iwanusa said...

And follow you on twitter...

Sarah Iwanusa said...

And follow online shoes on twitter...

Sarah Iwanusa said...

And tweeted! Phew!

Vanessa Richins Myers said...

I follow you on Twitter as chicaintraining

Westplex Runner said...

I follow your blog

pinkdots said...

I follow your blog!

Jeff Gallup said...

following your blog!

Jeff Gallup said...

following you on twitter~

Jeff Gallup said...

following online shoes on twitter

Jeff Gallup said...

Tweeted!

Jeff Gallup said...

posted link on FB!

Sara E said...

I follow your blog.

TriMOEngr said...

So rarely win, but I figure you got to get in the game. I've been following you for a while. Don't get too paranoid.

Denise said...

I read your blog every time I stumble accross it when I hit NEXT BLOG. I enjoy your stuff, you're very funny, not boring at all.

Mike said...

blog follower

Mike said...

twitter follower

JnetRuns said...

I follow your blog.

JnetRuns said...

And on Twitter.

JnetRuns said...

And I posted on FB.

Gracie said...

Follow you like a bloodhound!

Debsdailylife said...

fOLLOW YOUR BLOG

Debsdailylife said...

fOLLOW YOUR BLOG

Debsdailylife said...

FOLLOW YOU ON TWITTER

Debsdailylife said...

FOLLOW ONLINE SHOES ON TWITTER

Trinity said...

Why of course I'm already following you. Give me shoes (pretty please)!

Trinity said...

I also follow you on Twitter. Yay for free stuff!

Trinity said...

I'm following OnlineShoes on Twitter. Thanks again for the giveaway!

Trinity said...

Tweeted it! (said in the tone of In Living Color's Men on Films)

Joyce said...

I follow the blog!

Joyce said...

I also follow you on twitter. :-)

Steel Springs said...

I follow your blog.

Steel Springs said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Steel Springs said...

I follow OnlineShoes.com on Twitter.

Steel Springs said...

I tweeted about your giveaway.

edr said...

I'm following your blog and man do I need some new fantastic trail runners!

Those look fantastic!

Sue's Ramblings said...

I'm your BIGGEST fan. Follower, I mean! Wahahahahaha!

Christina said...

Pick me! Pick me!

Jesse - Run To The Border said...

I've been following your blog for quite awhile, although I'm not sure if I've ever actually commented or not. Free shoes will ensure I leave a comment though.

Bryan said...

Sent the tweet

Bryan said...

I follow your blog, obviously...

Bryan said...

I am now following Onlineshoes.com.

Bryan said...

Wow, I cant stop posting!!!!! Help!!!

Nyna said...

I follow your blog!

Nyna said...

I'm following you on Twitter, too.

Jamoosh said...

I don't need any trail shoes so I am left with just a comment which is I am sad to see you wimped out and didn't run sockless.

Nyna said...

Sent the tweet! Must really want these shoes 'cause this is the 1st contest I've been compelled to enter.

Nyna said...

Following onlineshoes on twitter

Kelly said...

I follow your blog.

Courtney said...

I follow your blog!

Kelly said...

And I follow you on Twitter.

Courtney said...

I reposted on my FB page.

Kelly said...

I followed Online Shoes on twitter. Love the shoes BTW!

Kelly said...

I tweeted. Or posted on Twitter, which sounds way less douchey.

runnerwannabe said...

I follow.

runnerwannabe said...

I follow.

Denise said...

I'm now following OnlineShoes.com on Twitter

Denise said...

I follow your tweets on the Twitter. :)

Nelly said...

I follow your blog!

RunningLaur said...

I follow your blog - if you want 'real' trail recommendations, I think you know I can help out :)

RunningLaur said...

and following on the twitters

RunningLaur said...

and them on the twitters

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I follow your blog.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I follow you on twitter.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I follow online shoes on twitter.

mikemilzz said...

I follow your blog using old-school RSS

Al's CL Reviews said...

I follow your blog.

mikemilzz said...

I follow the most boringist runner on Twitter

mikemilzz said...

I follow online shoes Twitter account

Shondra from Dwellable said...

I'm a follower :)

Shondra from Dwellable said...

I tweeted (via @Shondra_W)

Shondra from Dwellable said...

I followed @OnlineShoes (via @Shondra_W)

Shondra from Dwellable said...

I follow you on Twitter (via @Shondra_W)

kpurdon said...

Follow your blog

mom27g said...

I follow your blog :)

mom27g said...

I already follow you on twitter ;)

mom27g said...

I already follow onlineshoes.com on twitter :)

mom27g said...

I tweeted :) https://twitter.com/Pamdemonium2/status/207908624935288832

mom27g said...

I shared on facebook :)

Jen said...

I follow you

Jen said...

I follow you on Twitter

Jen said...

I follow OnlineShoes.com on Twitter

Jen said...

Tweeted via runningwtg

Jen said...

I shared on my fb!

Jen said...

Shared on my blog side bar!

Carrie said...

Blog follower!

Carrie said...

Twitter follower!

Carrie said...

Follow OnlineShoes.com on Twitter!

Carrie said...

Tweeted via @mainemomrunning!

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