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Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch II Mountain Bike Shoe - Men's

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    7 Reviews


    Seasons of companionship.

    Having a shoe that works with you as you transition over from riding with flat pedals to clipless can make life a lot easier. Rather than having to abandon your favorite broken-in flat shoes and get used to a stiff pair of clipless-compatible ones while you also try to navigate being attached to your pedals, we'd recommend starting with the Pearl Izumi Men's X-Alp Launch II Mountain Bike Shoe. Functioning clipless or with flats, the mid-range X-Alp Launch II comes with a price that's palatable to beginners or veteran weekend warriors alike, as well as a construction that will adapt with you as you improve your skills.

    The shoe's bonded, seamless uppers establish a flexible fit, able to adapt to a wide range of foot shapes without compromising the durability of traditional seaming. We're a fan of Pearl's decision to combine a single BOA dial with a hook-and-loop strap; it gives you the opportunity to customize the fit of the shoe around your instep and toes separately, so you're less likely to develop pressure points and hot spots when you're busy muscling through a tough climb.

    Underneath your foot, a light, cushioned EVA midsole helps your feet stay comfortable all day when you're hopping on and off your bike to grab lunch or snap a picture of the scenery. Within the midsole, a carbon-reinforced composite shank maintains snappy power transfer when you need it, and carbon rubber lugs along the outsole provide traction for those few times (ahem) when you need to jump off your bike and walk an impossibly steep hill or gnarly rock garden.

    • Ride all day in comfort in this versatile everyday shoe
    • Compatible with flats and clipless mountain bike pedals
    • Breathable seamless uppers keep pressure points at bay
    • Carbon-injected composite shank maintains power transfer
    • Carbon rubber lugs provide plentiful traction for hikes
    • BOA dial and hook-and-loop strap for a custom fit
    • Item #PLZ00HM

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    seamless synthetic
    1 BOA dial, 1 hook-and-loop strap
    EVA, carbon-reinforced composite shank
    carbon rubber
    Cleat Compatibility
    2-bolt MTB
    Recommended Use
    mountain bike
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    Tech Specs

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    Great all day shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 205lbs

    I got these shoes as I needed something comfortable for all day rides. I wanted something that I could use to clip in yet was easy to walk around in. These are definitely great for that walking around part but on the bike performance is where I found them a bit lacking. I wish they were a little stiffer but that can be taken care of if you use more of a trail platform pedal. For people with a high instep the boa system on the tongue can be uncomfortable. They do run true to size which is great and my foot tends to be a bit on the wider size and I never felt these shoes were too narrow which is has been the case in the past with Pearl Izumi shoes. This may be the shoes for a lot of people out there but may not be for everyone. I wear an 11.5 and the 46 fit perfect

    I would just upgrade to PEARL IZUMI X-PROJECT ELITE CYCLING SHOE. Still great all day shoe but a little stiffer. If you have any more questions please feel free to reach me directly at 801-204-4686 or email me at

    Great Pair of Shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    This is my first pair of clip in mountain bike shoes and they have been awesome so far. Comfy and great support while mountain biking. I'm usually between an 11-12 in shoe size so I went with the 46 and they fit great. They are a little snug medially and laterally on my feet. This caused a little discomfort but I feel this is part of the break-in process for new shoes. I love the quick and easy BOA lacing system and the velcro hook and loop closure over the toe box. It really helps me dial in the fit and provide a firm, structured fit while riding. Definitely a great first shoe for me and I love the lifetime warranty on Pearl Izumi shoes as well. The rugged sole provides great traction when hiking with your bike is necessary.

    Nice design but too much volume

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 49 (size 14)
    • Height: 6'4"
    • Weight: 275lbs

    This shoe is nicely designed with great quality of materials, but the size 49 I ordered has way too much volume inside the shoe and I couldn't get the Boa tight enough. I tried thicker insoles, but still no luck. I'm not sure if the smaller sizes have this same issue, but it's something to consider especially if your foot is on the narrow side.

    very good

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

    I got these for generally rougher riding than my XC shoes. I got them mostly for the sole which is as expected - it gives me confidence and firm grip when I have to put a foot down on something very techy. I don't worry about my foot sliding out and the rest of me hitting the ground. I run SPDs and like the deeply recessed cleat fitment. I think they would be good for flats w/o cleats too. They are really great for hiking the bike while still being pretty stiff for pedaling. The ankle can roll/flex quite a bit, but I think this is a good thing for the type of riding I use them for. The BOA is not the most snug feeling and the toe box is a little tight on my piggy toes but not a major problem

    Pearl is where it's at!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    After being loyal to the Giro Terradurro for a couple years, I wanted to give another shoe a try. After trying on 5-8 different clipless shoes, these were the winner.

    I was a bit skeptic trying out a MTB BOA shoe, but after talking to our rep about different shoes for my style of riding - she knew I was going to love these. She was so right!.

    Lightweight (about half the weight of the terradurro), breathable, stylish and overall a great fit. The sole of this shoe has enough grip to be perfect for when you are in a hike-a-bike section or wanting to give that jump line another shot. Another cool feature about this shoe is the toe - protection and coverage just in case you knick a rock in a tight and technical portion of the trail. The BOA actual gives you 1mm of adjustability vs. 3mm of the standard buckle - so finding that "fit" is pretty easy. My only suggestion for an update on these shoes would be to make the actual BOA line or the padding on top of the tongue a bit thicker. Maybe it takes some breaking in, but I noticed some points of pressure near the top of my foot after a really long ride

    Overall, for a pair of enduro/all mountain clipless shoes that are light, breathable, durable and AFFORDABLE these are the winner.

    ** 8.29 Update - These are definitely a wider shoe with a ton of volume. They could be more narrow in the toe box and the middle portion to be more snug on my feet.

    Hit me up if you have any questions on sizing or wondering if these are the shoes for you. I'll get you dialed in for a killer MTB season!

    Pearl is where it's at!

    "...about half the weight of the [T]erradur[]o"? Really? It's hard to find the specs on these shoes (CC doesn't list weights for either one), but reviews elsewhere suggest they're about equal. Is the Launch really lighter? And how's the width compared to the Terraduro?

    Hey Jason, my excitement could have gotten the best of me... I would say they are definitely lighter than the terradurros. The exact weight (w/o cleats) is 380g. The weight of the Terraduro's is 420g. Not close to half... but I could feel the difference for sure. Width is fairly comparable, I would say these are slightly wider.

    Hi Zach, what size were you in Giro? How does the sizing compare? I currently have a pair of Giro Privateers in size 47 (note they are on the larger side for me). What size would you go in Pearl Izumi? Very keen to get a pair of these. Thanks

    Amazing Shoe for Bikepacking!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 47
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    Here's a "Full Video Review" I did on the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek II, I got them Specifically for my 250 mile "Thru-Ride" of the Arizona Trail this year. I Absolutely Love & Highly Recommend them. The X-Alp Launch II is great for someone looking for a super walkable(Hike a Bike), yet high performance cycling shoe.... Check it out!

    Hike On,

    Unanswered Question

    Hi, ordered a pair of these in the same size as my Giro Terraduros-the fit is pretty similar but the Pearl Izumi upper is much stiffer than the Giros and I am getting a bit of toe pinch/rub. Does the PI upper eventually break in and conform or does it stay pretty rigid and inflexible? I can tolerate the snug fit if I know it'll ease eventually but if this is the way they're going to stay I need to try something else. Thanks, Steve