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
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.
a Weekend Warrior
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
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.
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.
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.
Similar Products Used: Nike, Specialized, Shimano.
Bike Setup: FSR Comp, Thompson stem, WTB saddle, lock-on grips, Panaracer Fire XC Pro tires.
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
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.
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
a Cross Country Rider
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.
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.