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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Carrie said...

Posted on my blog!

RW said...

I follow you on twitter. Hook it up, @shooting_coach

RW said...

Retweeted you on twitter (@shooting_coach)

Chris said...

Heard about your giveaway on Twitter. :-) So, obviously following along. Also, for good measure starting (publicly) following your blog and tweeted about the give away (though this means more competition....that might not have been the best idea in hindsight...)

Monica said...

I follow you on Twitter. Thanks for the chance to win!

Elaine Hillis said...

I'm a follower and addicted to ur blog! :-p

Elaine Hillis said...

My twitter follows ur twitter. Twitter-mates.:)

Elaine Hillis said...

I'm following online shoes.com on twitter. They aren't as funny as ur shit tho. Lol

Elaine Hillis said...

I tweeted ur awesomesauce giveaway.

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Yes! I follow your blog!

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

I do follow you on Twitter!

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

I now follow Onlineshoes.com on Twitter!

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Tweeted about the contest!

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Posted it on my Crazy Floridian Facebook page!

gene @boutdrz said...

yea, i follow the blog. to the ends of the earth. which is why some new PI shoes would be GREAT! also, i can wear them when we run to Uranus. Just sayin'.

gene @boutdrz said...

what am i, a glutton? yea, i follow you on "the twitter", too. again, lets run to Uranus.

Lindsey said...

I follow your blog

Robyn said...

I follow your blog.

Robyn said...

Already follow you on Twitter. Dang, you twitter a lot.

Robyn said...

Already follow onlineshoes.com on twitter.

Robyn said...

Tweeted your giveaway!

Melissa said...

I am following you! And want those good lookin' shoes!

Kim said...

I put it on my FB page for my blog :)

Aaron Holland said...

I follow your blog.

Emily N. said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/prizepuzzle/status/208394707498315777

Running Ryan said...

I follow your blog and twitter.

I follow online shoes.

I tweeted and facebooked

robin said...

I follow your blog.

robin said...

I follow you on Twitter. @birdie00000

robin said...

I follow Online Shoes on Twitter.

robin said...

Tweeted! https://twitter.com/birdie00000/status/208422786555838465

robin said...

Blogged: http://justhavetotellyou.blogspot.ca/2012/05/giveaway-at-boring-runner.html

Christy said...

I follow your blog

Christy said...

I follow you on twitter

Chad Chisholm said...

I follow your blog, with my browser.

Chad Chisholm said...

I twittered myself and tweeted about your little tweeter.

Chad Chisholm said...

I follow you on twitter, though you're in a list I don't read.

Chad Chisholm said...

I linked your contest on my training blog. http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/training/index-weekly.asp?memberid=111147&year=&month=&day=

Ass.

Jess K said...

I follow your blog.

Jess K said...

I follow you on twitter (@JessLK721)

Jess K said...

Tweeted! https://twitter.com/JessLK721/status/208625664998387712

Running Moose said...

I follow your blog!!

Running Moose said...

I follow you on twitter (runningmoose13)

Running Moose said...

I follow OnlineShoes on twitter!

Running Moose said...

I tweeted as well (@runningmoose13)

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