Pearl Izumi Streak

Some people on here may know that I have been one of the biggest proponents of Newton running shoes. I have really enjoyed my two pairs (one was a replacement), however I have not enjoyed the price. I have been looking for an alternative as of late (I still have plenty of mileage left on my Newtons, just pre-planning).

I was able to test out a pair of the new Pearl Izumi Streak. I found out that they run about 1/2 small. I wear a size 9 normally and got a size 9 1/2.  If you check my training log I have been putting a few miles on them. Normally I write reviews of shoes after my first run in them.

I moved from stability shoes (Brooks Adrenaline 6,7,8) to Newtons. I find it hard for me to go back to my Brooks if even just for the weight, they feel like too much shoe almost.

My first run in the shoes was for 1mile, just a quick run before one of my trail runs. This was followed by 4 more run from 4miles to just a bit over 5miles. I have not been running as much due to other time constraints however so far they have been holding up great and at about 19miles show little to no wear.

Unlike my Newtons I can wear my orthotics in my Streaks.

One of the coolest things about the shoes are the laces. While they are not quick release/tie they are slightly elastic and stay tied nice and firm. The laces are almost ‘cushioney.’ I also love that they have a single upper and that there are not 300 seams along the sides. The PI website talks about some sort of forefoot propulsion pad. I am not quite sure what this is. So far the shoes are great.

Pros:

– Super Comfortable

– Lacing System

– Single Upper

– Insole breathing holes

– Cushioned forefoot

– Unknown SKYDEX ‘technology’

– Price

– Great width (I have fat flat feet)
Cons:

– Run about a 1/2 small

– Unknown SKYDEX ‘technology’

SKYDEX