As to performance, I remember running 200 miles or so in the N2 before noticing the onset of some knee pain. Truth be told, I'm not sure if 200 was the threshold for me or if I could have squeezed any more miles out of them. I say this because though knee pain can be brought on by what I like to call "tired shoes," other factors can also contribute to knee pain as well. As a quick aside, I talked with some colleagues last week who mentioned getting 200-250 miles at most out of the Brooks Ghost 6. I would have thought the mileage total to be higher for this signature Brooks shoe.
What I like most about the Pearl Izumi line of running shoes is the simplicity: various levels of EVA cushioning are available based on your preference of protection, the upper is seamless, and the fit is nice. A touch of carbon rubber on the outsole provides some added traction. At $120, the N2 will undoubtedly compete against other shoe models for a place on the feet of runners looking for a new pair of sneakers. I'd like to share one final thought: I noticed that above the shoe size information on the underside of the tongue is this phrase: "Run like an animal." Well put.
Have you heard of Pearl Izumi running shoes? Have you ever owned a pair, and if so, which model? What kind of total mileage return did you receive? Would you buy this brand again?
On the web: Pearl Izumi EM Road N2