The protection on the N1 is minimal, but it’s flexible, breathable and moves well, so if you’re not bothered by extra shielding then this shoe is worth considering. It fits a narrow foot well, hugging the heel and mid-foot, but has a spacious toe box. Its ESS Forefoot rock plate does well at protecting the foot from beneath, while its Energy Foam cushions, too. It sports a tough rand around the toe, which softens blows from rocks and debris. Although not waterproof, it does drain well, due to the lightweight nature of the mesh upper. The grip is not aggressive but provides good traction over gravel, hard and wet surfaces.
Minimal protection but breathable and solid underfoot, giving a comfortable ride.