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One of the perks of blogging is that sometimes you somehow catch the attention of certain companies, who offer you free stuff in exchange for a review. And as we all know, free is my favorite price. Still, there are some things that I decline, either because I don't (or wouldn't) use them myself, or I can't get behind the product enough to endorse it to you. I had a bit of an internal struggle with accepting Pearl Izumi products for review, and although in the end I obviously did, I'd like to explain why.
Pearl Izumi markets their products to what they consider "real" athletes. To them, I'm not a runner. I've seen their print ads in magazines and, rightly so, was offended by them - to the point that I wouldn't look twice at any product once I realized it was made by Pearl Izumi. They don't consider me a runner? Fine. I don't consider them worthy of my money. There you have it. Hope that ad campaign appealed to someone out there, because it certainly wasn't me. Actually, no - I hope that even the famous runners - Kara Goucher, Dean Karnazes, Paula Radcliffe - were offended by those ads...I mean really, why would you want to exclude anyone from your sport?
So. I'm reviewing these Pearl Izumi Streak II shoes that I received for free. Still feel like I sold my soul for them, though. But it's not like I ever would have tried them on, much less bought them, with the attitude I have toward that company. And what if they were the magical shoes that did the trick in helping me to run better? What if my ankle pain miraculously disappeared when I wore them? (it didn't) I was willing to give them a try.
The shoes came via UPS. I didn't know what to expect - Scott at Outside PR had asked for my size, nothing more. Imagine my delight to see these pink and white beauties:
absconded with my sunglasses!
I have to tell you that these shoes are shockingly lightweight. So much so that I actually got out my kitchen scale and weighed them, and then compared the weight to my other running shoes. Here's the stats:
Pearl Izumi Streak II - 6.8 ounces
Brooks Defyance 4 - 8.8 ounces
Newton Terra Momentus - 9.9 ounces
Back when I had my glorious two weeks of running, before I was
I also wore them at the track for sprints during our speed work - they felt fine for the sprints that I managed to run. I appreciate that I can put these on - a brand new pair of shoes, and run in them with no blisters or issues like that. I usually wear a size 8.5 for my running shoes and these fit perfectly.
Pearl Izumi describes them as a racing shoe - "your new go-to PR shoe." I might wear them in a 5K race, but I wouldn't expect the shoes to give me a new PR. Still, when I finally get back to running, I'll wear these for shorter runs, and, of course, when I want to complete my running ensemble! More examples of that below:
Super cute shoes - they also have a lot of reflection on them which will be nice when I run early in the morning.
I loved this outfit - and having pink/white and black running shoes that matched my skirt was the icing on the cake! Paco still isn't too fond of the shoes, though - I had to hold him to keep him still for the picture!
When the shoes first arrived, I took them outside to get some pictures. I always shoot several - and died laughing when I uploaded them and saw this one:
Paco ALWAYS manages to get in the shot!Kip had to check them out, too:
"Why you get so excited about shoes, lady?"
The Pearl Izumi Streak II shoes retail for $110. Thanks to Scott at Outside PR for arranging the try out for me - hopefully I haven't blown doing any future reviews from him - but at least you know that when I review something, I'm completely honest!
FTC: Really? We gotta go there? It's pretty obvious. Free shoes, honest review.