OnlineShoes.com. I've said it before and I'll say it again.
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
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:
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!
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