I've run in Pearl's in the past and always liked them. After being disenchanted with subsequent name brands, I decided to return to the Pearl Izumi fold.
The Kissaki 2.0 (gray, lime, & orange/red) seems to wrap my foot with the much sought after "perfect fit." BTW, I took RRS suggestion to size-up from my normal 11 to an 11.5. I also have an average arch and no pronation/supination problems.
I'm currently training on both road & track -- for a mid-summer race -- but also intend to log mileage on area packed-dirt trails once the weather improves. With that in mind, I find this shoe completely meets my needs. It's comfortable, nicely cushioned, and breathable. The Kissaki 2.0 also gives me the balanced flexibility that I was seeking. I don't have a wide foot, so the toe box delivers all the room that I need (no black toenails yet...). I did swap out the thin insole for a third-party insole which only enhances the Kissaki 2.0's ride. All-in-all, I really like this shoe (can you tell? :)
X Caliber GT
Love the shoe - wouldn't order a size up
I've order many pairs of Pearl Izumi shoes and have really been satisfied with the quality and durability of them. Each pair has gone at least 600 miles without showing wear (even though I feel obligated to replace at the point to avoid injury). With each pair I've ordered though, there is always the recommendation to increase a half size - I just wouldn't (either that or my feet are shrinking). This shoe runs fairly true to size and I had to return it because it was a half-size too big (after taking the suggestion).
After getting the right size, these shoes are great. Fast and light without feeling too much of the road on my forefoot. I did find them to be a bit "squeeky" when walking around, but once running the sound goes away.
Cut Into My Foot!
Fit was great, weight was nice, colors were bright... but the upper cut into my foot where the foot flexes during a step. Not sure if it was just the shoes I got or a problem with the design. All I know is I couldn't run in them and went back to ye olde Mizuno's.
Mens Pearl Izumi Kissaki 2.0 Running Shoe
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