Pearl Izumi X-Alp Low Shoes

4.86/5 (7 Reviews)
Weight : 330 grams MSRP : $90.00


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Product Description

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Low MTB/Spin Cycling Shoe '08 performs as well off the bike as on the bike. The stiff nylon R&R plate provides power transfer to the pedals when you need it, but gives you good toe spring and forefoot flexibility when the going gets to s


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Highlandmountain BP 4 ever a Downhiller from NEW HAMPSHIRE

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2008

Strengths:    Great for Hike'a bike, durable, incredible light, hiking shoe look and feel, great on platform clipless pedals, perfect for downhill or AM

Weaknesses:    i have the grey and moonlight blue, kinda a qweer color but there great shoes

Bottom Line:   
Perfection, Preal izumi is a Magical (not the gay magical) company

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   OUTSPOK'N

Similar Products Used:   shimano AM, Answer

Bike Setup:   2004 santa cruz bullit, 06 marzocchi shiver, mavics, maxxis minion DHR and highroller in the front, juicy fives

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve Chaput a Weekend Warrior from Boulder,CO,USA

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2008

Strengths:    Soft rubber, aggressive tread, comfort, performance, style, durablity

Weaknesses:    None really

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for a soft agressive thread that hikes well, this is your shoe. First shoe that gives me confidence on steep hike-a-bikes (like Walker Ranch Cliff Section). Shoes feel great on and off the bike, keep your feet cool, are durable, and don't show alot of wear after 1 yr use.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Lion Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   Full Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Yeti 575

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Boulder,CO,USA

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2008

Strengths:    Soft rubber soles provide real grip for hike-a-bikes, comfort on and off bike, style, construction, breath well.

Weaknesses:    no complaints

Bottom Line:   
One of my favorite rides has a long, steep, hike-a-bike section. The hard rubber on most shoes makes this section sketchy. Until I found the the X-Alps, which hike almost as well as my hiking shoes. Very comfortable on and off the bike. Love these shoes.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Lion Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   Full Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Yeti 575

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rorry Hillis a Cross Country Rider from Colo Springs, CO, US

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2008

Strengths:    Very comfortable, lightweight, breathable, feels like a cross country running shoe.

Weaknesses:    As previously mentioned, mesh upper will let your feet get wet when criusing through creeks and water.

Bottom Line:   
Great all around mtn bike shoe. Perfect for off bike scrambling whether it' up a rock or loose gravel. Previously worn Shimano shoes with toe cleats and did not like getting off my bike at all. This shoe is stiff enough for all purpose cross country rides and somewhat difficult downhilling. Not a racers shoe, but I'm not a racer, so it's perfect for what I do.

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Favorite Trail:   Buffalo Creek, CO

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   Old Town Bike Shop

Bike Setup:   Tomac Revolver/full suspension/disc brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jim a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2008

Strengths:    Very comfortable, durable.

Weaknesses:    Mine are gray/blue, don't hide dirt and mud as well as new black and gray models, and GTX. Other then that, none.

Bottom Line:   
Most comfortable fitting MTB shoes I've used. Ordering a pair of mids, maybe GTX's soon.

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Favorite Trail:   Aliso-Woods Canyon

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Nike, Specialized, Shimano.

Bike Setup:   FSR Comp, Thompson stem, WTB saddle, lock-on grips, Panaracer Fire XC Pro tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jim coyne a Cross Country Rider from bay area, ca, u.s.a.

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2008

Strengths:    perfect cycling/hiking combo, extremely comfortable, lace-up with velcro cinch, stiff sole yet flexible, nice looking

Weaknesses:    the fabric uppers provide no protection from wetness and may get really dirty as compared with leather or similar upper

Bottom Line:   
like the previous review, these shoes are incredible comfortable, light as a feather, solid sole, lace up provide great fit and the top-strap keeps everything together. have ridden both mountain and road with this shoe and both styles benefit from the solid sole and light weight. walking in them is like walking with a regular hiking shoe. i do a lot of hiking/rock scrambling on my rides and these shoes make that a safe pleasure. the only concern is that past pearl shoes have gotten crappy reviews re: workmanship and durability, hoping these break that pattern.

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Favorite Trail:   pine mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   performance

Similar Products Used:   worn cannondale cycling/hiking shoes for many years, really liked them but they discontinued the shoe

Bike Setup:   specialized epic, older marin team hardtail, specialized m4 cross

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brent a Cross Country Rider from Calgary

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2007

Strengths:    Great looks, super comfortable, easy to walk in, well protected cleat, cool & great breathability.

Weaknesses:    Not stiff enough for hard core racing, but perfect for general riding, epics, or endurance races.

Bottom Line:   
Too much flex to be a short distance race shoe, but that's not what it's designed for. For its designed use of day to day riding, epics, or endurance races/rides, this shoe is the perfect tool. I used them to race in the 24 Hours of Adrenalin and they were exceptional.

This is easily the most comfortable cycling shoe I have ever worn. It has a nicely designed rocker sole that makes walking extremely easy during those times when you need to dismount to scramble up rocky sections or sections that are too steep to ride (quite a few where I ride). It's also perfect for commuting, especially when you will be walking on sidewalks or in buildings after dismounting, due to the mentioned rocker sole as well as a design that recesses the cleat enough that it doesn't contact the ground (there's nothing more annoying than the clicking and sliding of cleated shoes when you need to make the inevitable walk to the office after getting off your bike). I've even walked across the hardwood floors in our house with these shoes on, without leaving a mark. The shoes are easily the best looking shoe on the market, and look like a good cross training athletic shoe. Nobody would even know by looking that they are cycling shoes

For general performance riding (what they are designed for, not racing) these shoes get my top recommendation.

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Favorite Trail:   Elbow Loop

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   Cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   Lake MX 101 (similar target use to the X-Alp, but dorky looking and not as well executed)

Bike Setup:   24 lb Santa Cruz Blur XC tricked up with a variety of lightweight parts and a lightweight wheel package (Spinergy Xyclone's, aluminum rotors, Stan's No Tubes and The Crow tires)

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