The Pearl Izumi Men's EM Trail N 2 V2 Running Shoes have a minimalist feel, but still have plenty of cushioning for those long distance trail runs. Their 3D mesh uppers provide an intuitive and supportive feel, while their bonded toe caps protect the lightweight mesh material from sticks, roots, and rocks. Dynamic offset technology give the shoes a smooth feel as your feet move from heel to toe. At heel strike, the shoe has a drop of 4mm, but as your weight moves forward, the drop increases to 7. 5mm this eliminates forefoot slap and makes for a fast and fluid feel. The versatile carbon rubber soles are designed to tackle both steep ascents and technical descents with a multi directional lug pattern. The ESS rock plates in the fore foot protects the bottom of your feet from all the trail sticks and rocks can throw at them.