Off the beaten path.
While the stiff carbon soled shoes make for excellent power transfer when you're on the bike, they can be pretty restrictive for backwoods adventures that might involve a few sessions of hike-a-bike across rivers and up near-vertical faces. For adventures that call for more versatility, reach for the Pearl Izumi X-ALP Canyon Mountain Bike shoes for Men. These lace-up cycling shoes give you the support you want for long days on the bike, but tread that can handle covering ground on foot and a midsole that cushions your stride for support from dawn to dusk.
The X-ALP Canyon shoes feature a bonded synthetic top with ample mesh panels that keep your feet from baking on hot trails. They are low-cut at the ankle to provide a light and fast fit that allows for natural ankle rotation off of the bike. While flex is good for miles on foot, a stiff sole is a must for power transfer on the bike, so Pearl equips the X-ALP Canyon's with a nylon composite shank to maximize power transfer to the pedals, without compromising torsional flex for hiking. Underneath the shank you'll find a lightweight EVA midsole that cushions your steps comfortably, and a beefy carbon-rubber lugged outsole that provides directional traction on foot. The center of the shoe is ready for clipping in with 2-bolt SPD compatibility that sits recessed and out of the way of your lugs, so your cleats don't get hung up on rocks when you're making your way up steep faces.
- Lace-up shoes that turn up versatility to 11
- Bonded, seamless uppers deliver comfort and durability
- Let your toes breathe with mesh upper panels
- Low cut ankle feels lightweight natural on foot
- Transfer maximum power to the pedals with nylon shank
- EVA midsole cushions your stride off of the bike
- Carbon rubber lugged outsole grips rocks and roots
- Compatible with 2-bolt SPD cleats for clipless riding
Good shoe, not perfect.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Size 43
Pearl Izumi always makes good quality products, but this shoe didn't quite work for me. It runs a little small. I always wear a 43, but these shoes in 43 were just a little snug and even looked small. Also, the description talks about the low heel cup and it's right. For me, it feels like I'm stepping up and out of the heel because of the low heel cup. That doesn't work for me if I'm going to be riding hard or on a spin bike and worried that I'm going to come out of the shoe.
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