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PEARL iZUMi - X-ALP Elevate Cycling Shoe - Men's

PEARL iZUMi X-ALP Elevate Cycling Shoe - Men's

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$124.95 Original price:$180.00
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Item #PLZ00M9




Tech Specs

Upper Material:
Boa IP1, hook-and-loop strap
nylon-carbon composite, Vibram Megagrip lugs
Cleat Compatibility:
2-bolt mountain
Claimed Weight:
405g (size 43)
Recommended Use:
enduro, trail, bikepacking
Manufacturer Warranty:

X-ALP Elevate Cycling Shoe

When your sense of adventure is larger than mountains ahead of you, your mountain bike shoe shouldn't be what holds you back from chasing after it. The Pearl Izumi X-ALP Elevate Mountain Bike Shoes just may have a craving for off-the-beaten trail adventures to rival your own, thanks to rugged construction and a build that offers all-day comfort for days of pushing into the backcountry on a fully loaded rig, chasing down the sun. The X-ALP Elevate use 3-layer uppers that hug your foot in with seamless design to extend durability for all-day riding, with perforations in the arch and forefoot to let fresh air inside, and mesh panels that wick away sweat so you can stay cool. The top closure uses both a IP1 Boa and a hook and loop toe strap so you can dial in a semi-custom fit with 1-millimeter micro adjustments for all day comfort.

On the inside the shoe decks you out with a supportive footbed for soaking up rough trails, and a lightweight EVA midsole for cushioning your flippers when you're off of the bike. Contrasting the soft and flexible midsole, the shank features a nylon and carbon composite construction that ensures stiff power transfer to the pedals to propel you forward, with just a touch of flex to maintain a natural walking feel when you roll into a moose head on and have to bolt off trail on foot. Vibram Megagrip lugs make sure your footing stays sure when you do have to bolt off trail, with directional tread to propel you forward as needed, and help you put on the brakes in the heel. The shoes are 2-bolt SPD compatible, with a unique cleat mount patch that features enough space to securely clip in, and tread surrounding the recessed cleat so you don't have to sacrifice walking capabilities to ride clipless.

  • Clipless shoes for charging into uncharted territory
  • Nylon-carbon composite shank boosts power transfer
  • 3-layer seamless uppers enhance durability and comfort
  • Boa and hook-and-loop combo dials in a perfect fit
  • EVA midsole soaks up impact on foot
  • Vibram Megagrip outsole elevates traction for hiking
  • 2-bolt cleat compatible with recessed mounting patch

Boa system defective

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

Right out of the box the Boa system was defective in the left foot forceing me to return the shoes.

Good Overall Mountain Biking Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 43

These are a bit wide so be prepared for that other than that they fit true to size. I have had to crank down the boa a bit because of how wide they are. Sizing down might help but I would potentially order 2 sizes and return the one that doesn't fit. The length is spot on it's just the width.

Comfort and Performance:
These are super comfortable shoes that can be used for multiple purposes. I bought them for bike packing and I think they are perfect for that as they are extremely comfortable and have great grip for hike a bike sections. I would highly recommend them for anyone who needs a good bike packing shoe or someone who rides more remote backcountry rides that will require a long day and some potential walking.

For everyday riding they are a very comfortable shoe. Power transfer is pretty darn good but not great. If you just ride nothing but flowy cross-country trails these are probably not the shoes for you.

Overall if you're looking for a shoe that can be used for everyday riding and also some more adventure riding then this is the great shoe. If you're looking for a shoe for your local cross-country race or just ripping laps up and down smooth and flowy trails then I would look somewhere else.

Good solid shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 42

Decent comfort. True to size. Not sure if worth the price but definitely good quality. Look way better once they have some dirt and dust on them.

Amazing Shoe - Pearl Izumi X-Alp

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11.5

My Shoe size is a 12. I waz a lil worried when it said 11.5 or 12.5 US. I bit the bullet and went down a size.............PERFECT FIT!!!! These shoes are so Comfy in the Toe Box. I have been riding X Country Shoes FOREVER. I tried a pair of 5 10's, hahahahaha could not get my fat foot in the opening. I tried Sidi loved the fit hated the price. So I always went back to Bontrager or Shimano X Country Shoe. WHY Did I, Cause I thought it was the standard. So Sad, So Many Miles with crammed Toes.

Do Yourself a Favor if you ride Clips and Want a Comfy Stiff and Reliable Shoe, BUY THIS SHOE!!! You will feel confident and Comfortable while riding your Rig. Yes they look like Loofers, so go get them dirty and stop looking at your feet!!!

Grandpa's looks, young gun tech

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Lets be real, this looks like a walmart special old man shoe. Nothing flashy about the color scheme (i have the black model) or the overall shoe design but that is where the dullness of the shoe ends. Fit was spot on for average width feet. I wear 44-45 depending on the brand, tried the 44 and with an average thickness sock it fit great. The BOA retention system held my feet in snugly. Didn't apply extra pressure over the top of my foot, was a nice and even snugness. The vibram sole provided excellent traction off the bike. I like my soles stiffer (maybe its the roadie in me) and these are probably on the firmer end but by no means uncomfortable, in fact the shoe feels great with normal walk around use. Toe box has a firmer and anti-abrasive construction to providing great protection. Great power transfer to the pedal, excellent on to off bike transition. Really stoked to continue to wear these shoes. Time will tell for durability but they feel solid. It was hot while i was riding here in Phoenix with them this weekend and seemed to have decent ventilation.

Great Fit, Easy Walking

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have about ten rides on these, and am very happy with them. I have big wide feet, size 14, and these in size 49 fit me very nicely. The fit is generous, and I added a thin flat insole under the stock one, to fill some space. Thus, they work fine with heavier winter cycling socks. The footbeds are quite good, as stock footbeds go, best of any cycling shoe I've tried. The Vibram sole and the walkability make these perfect for the hiking I end up doing. They almost don't feel like cycling shoes when walking, but they are plenty stiff in the sole.
I only have one complaint: the fit is a bit loose around the ankle, and there is a small amount of shifting and heel slip when hiking. This could be solved by moving the BOA closure toward the toe, and adding an adjustable instep strap. The Velcro strap over the toes doesn't really do much, and could be eliminated.
Minor heel-slip aside, these are all-around the most comfortable and best-fitting mtn biking shoes I ever had, and I'm very happy with them!

Best MTB shoe I've owned

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've ridden Giro for years and decided to try something else—glad I did. Like the previous reviewer said, they have a wide toe bed which is awesome for some of us. Giro has fit okay in the past, but these feel more comfortable from the get-go. The BOA placement is great—on top instead of on the side where it is vulnerable to damage. They do get a little warm if you're standing in the sun but once you start pedaling again they seem to get decent enough airflow. I've done a couple 35+ mile rides in these with very minor foot fatigue in the last few miles. Construction seems durable, only have had them for two months and maybe 300 miles. They are really comfortable and much more sure-footed to hike-a-bike in than other shoes I've had. All in all, super impressed. This is my first pair of Pearl Izumi's and I'll definitely get another once these blow out.

X-ALP hikable cycling footwear

    Trail shoe re-designed for bikes and terrain we are riding today


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5

    These fit great with a wide toe bed.they are on the big side of the size and for me perrrfect. Great material and very tough shoe.

    Pearl Izumi 

    Cycling Footwear
      5 35.5 2.5 22
      5.5 36 3 22.5
      5.5+ 36.5 3.5 23
      6 37 4 23.5
      6.5 37.5 4.5 23.5
    6 7 38 5 24
    6 7+ 38.5 5 24
    6.5 8 39 5.5 24.5
    6.5+ 8+ 39.5 5.5 24.5
    7 8.5 40 6 25
    7.5 9 40.5 6.5 25.5
    8 9.5 41 7 26
    8+ 9.5+ 41.5 7 26
    8.5 10 42 7.5 26.5
    9 10.5 42.5 8 27
    9.5 11 43 8.5 27.5
    9.5+   43.5 8.5 27.5
    10   44 9 28
    10+   44.5 9 28
    10.5   45 9.5 28.5
    11   45.5 10 29
    11.5   46 10.5 29.5
    12   46.5 11 30
    12.5   47 11.5 30.5
    13   48 12 31