The need to feel some dirt beneath your feet is what separates you from your pavement pounding brethren, so why throw off your stride with over cushioned shoes when you hit the trail The Pearl Izumi Men's EM Trail N 1 V2 Running Shoes offer an intuitive feel on the trail, while maintaining all the cushion you need to tackle techy terrain with ease.Their seamless uppers deliver a smooth feel that's supportive enough to handle demanding terrain and are equipped with a bonded to cap to protect the lightweight mesh material from roots, rocks, and water bars. The midsoles feature Pearl Izumi's E:Motion dynamic offset technology, giving the shoes a liquid smooth feel with each stride. Dynamic offset allows the drop of the shoe to adjust as your foot rolls from heel to toe. At initial contact the shoe has a 1mm drop, but as your weight transitions forward, the drop smoothly increases to 4. 5mm, eliminating forefoot slap and offering a smoother stride. Since these shoes are built for the trail, they are fitted with aggressive multi directional carbon rubber soles, giving them the ability to really dig in on the ascent and bomb down demanding descents.