Ah. The Streak II. I was so very hesitant to try them at first. My current shoes have treated me so well. But look at the Streak II. They are beautiful.
And the specs were appealing.
- 1:1 Seamless Upper creates an unparalleled fit with a seam-free interior
- 1:1 360° Lacing anatomically conforms to the foot for a tailored fit regardless of foot shape
- NEW 1:1 Energy Foam cushions the forefoot upon impact and then returns energy back to the runner
- Outsole-grade EVA and blown rubber outsole combines for great cushioning and weight savings
- Segmented forefoot for a smooth, efficient ride
- NEW Ortholite® sockliner for amazing step-in comfort and long-lasting cushioning
- NEW 100% recycled lace webbing and laces
- Heel/Toe offset: 19.0mm/10.0mm
But, was it all true. I had to see for myself. So, that's what I did. Remember that 22 miler I ran last week? Well, the first seven miles of that long run were logged in these shoes. And from step number one, I WAS IN LOVE. And here's why.
The Streak II, which retail for $110, are perhaps the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn. (Note: I needed to size up one full size from my normal running shoes.) Lightweight and minimalistic, with a large toe box, these trainers reminded me of running in slippers. I could feel my foot hitting the treadmill bed, without feeling unsupported. I instantly became more aware of my form and foot strike and was running with ease. I have no doubt that the Streak II will become my new race day shoe.
With that said, I do have one concern with the Streak II. As a larger runner (150+ lbs), I tend to burn through my shoes rather quickly (250-300 miles). I fear that although Pearl iZUMi says that you can train in these shoes, I would not be able to get as much mileage out of them due to the minimalist design. Obviously, I won't know for another 200+ miles or so, but I am interested to find out. But for now, the Streak II get my seal of approval ...
Note: I was sent these items free of charge to review. However, the opinions are solely mine.