Price: $140 Arch Support: Neutral Weight: 241g Drop: 1mm
Reviewer: Dana Ferguson – trail and road runner based in Southern Ontario.
IMPACT Rating: 4.5 out of 5 RunRepeat.com Rating: N/A
This shoe is fantastic for those looking for a low-drop, light trail shoe. I like the minimal feel, and appreciate that it still has a firm and substantial sole with good traction for rougher trails. There is little arch support for a shoe classified as neutral, making it more suited for shorter and faster runs, or even for use as a racing shoe.
The EM Trail N1 fits true to size and has a slightly larger toe box, making runs quite comfortable. The upper is all seamless although comfortable, will probably not stand the elements or the roughness of the trails over time. I would recommend this shoe to anyone looking for a lightweight, more minimal shoe that can handle rougher runs on trails.
Durability – I only have worn the shoes for one week, but I’m not sure they will hold up around the toe box. My shoes often rip on the upper around the toes, and I suspect these will do the same.
Great fit and size; the shoe is true to size and I appreciate the slightly larger toe box as it helps prevent black toenails and makes my runs more comfortable.
The stiff sole is pretty stiff and inflexible due to the midsole rock plate, but I like it for shorter runs. On a long run (90+ minutes), this may make the shoe a bit more uncomfortable. The laces are waffled and flat, which keeps them tied much better than regular laces.
- Low drop.
- Wider toe box.
- Not a strong material for the upper.
- Stiff and inflexible (it’s a pro for me but could be con for others).