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PEARL iZUMi X-Alp Launch Cycling Shoe - Men's



X-Alp Launch Cycling Shoe

You’re dedicated to the flat-pedal lifestyle and need a dedicated shoe that doesn’t mix styles. The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch captures the endearing features of clipless-design but offers a sole that is entirely platform-specific. A durable Cordura upper material provides seamless support that cradles your feet, whether railing enduro sections or joshing it up at the local eatery afterward. A BOA Fit System with an L6C dial make adjustments easier mid-trail and reduce snag potential that may come with standard laces.

The heart of the X-Alp is within its mid-sole and outsole construction. A supportive EVA midsole cushions the trail impacts so you’ll stay in control, and a nylon shank and reinforced toe box offer enhanced stiffness and protection. Pearl Izumi works with Goodyear to equip the X-Alp with a PinLoc Outsole using Goodyear’s premium rubber for confident traction and power delivery on and off the pedals.

  • Master your adventure with fully capable flats
  • Goodyear rubber sole offers massive grip and durability
  • BOA dial reduces snags and time-lag getting to the trail
  • Bonded, seamless uppers are lightweight, tough, and perforated
  • Keep your little piggies happy with a reinforced toe cap
  • Stay surefooted with directional lugs that grip
  • Item #PLZO8E3

Responsible Collection
Upper Material
Seamless recycled Cordura
BOA Fit System, L6C dial
PinLoc Outsole, Goodyear rubber
Cleat Compatibility
Claimed Weight
[single, size 12] 14.5oz (410g)
Manufacturer Warranty

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>Rating: 3

Just missing the grip

I've put it through the wringer
True to size

I have the 'X-Alp Launch Mid' and they are great shoes. If pedal grip is not your #1 concern these are five-star shoes. But there is a noticeable downgrade in grip compared to my normal go-to shoe, five ten freeride pro.

>Rating: 4

Stiff BOA Flat (and dial is orange)

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size

Coming off 5/10 Freerider which is a pretty soft shoe. This is a much much stiffer sole but the rubber feels similarly tacky. However because of the lack of flex I don't think pedal pins dig as deep into the sole. Also due to the stiff sole I get less feed back on pedal position but no sore arches on long descents. I think the pin-lock pattern does work well in trapping pins. Overall the shoe is quite sleek/compact but has good padding with stiff fabrics in key areas. The tongue is nice and wide (not gusseted) and has good cushion but is thin so you can overtighten the boa system and get tingly toes. I had to go up a 1/2 size to the correct fit compared to my 5/10s (likely due to 5/10s being oversized). And probably the most important thing to know is that the red colored shoes come with a BRIGHT orange dial not the black one pictured. I was looking to get away from the foot pillow/skate shoe asthetic with laces that couldn't get snagged and pulled open and after 2 rides I'm very pleased with how these are working. In my ideal world the sole would be 15% less stiff and the tongue would be attached to the sides of shoe but that might just be my preferences.

Are the insoles removable / replaceable?

You can get a black boa directly from the Boa company....if the orange one bothers you.


Size 12 says 46.5 in chart, but thats not an option even on their site. What then to go with, 46 or 47? Thanks