Become the Matador.
Beyond the trails most traveled lay miles of untouched hero dirt, undulating berms and chunky rock gardens waiting to be tamed, and with the Pearl Izumi X-ALP Launch Mountain Bike Shoes you can take your place as the Matador. These kicks give you the confidence you need to conquer the wild backcountry, and with the stiff composure, confidence, and tacky grip that you need to keep locked into the bike while you push further beyond your limits. This unyielding support comes largely from the bonded, seamless uppers that hug your foot into place, and stiff soles that give you true security while you book it up winding deer trails on bike, or on foot, diving into your adventure.
The X-Alp Launch combines the best of both worlds, with a stiff sole for direct power transfer, and serious grip that locks your footing into the trail when you're off the bike. Its built with an EVA midsole that cushions blows from sharp rocks, and a dual-compound Vibram Megagrip outsole that holds true to the dirt under foot. The lugs are designed with open an chevron shaped pattern, directionally placed to give you braking power in the heel, and propelling power in the toe while maintaining surefooted grip. Even the pedal zone features Vibram Megagrip with siping to keep mud away to help your sole lock into the pins without slipping in sketchy hair-pin turns.
- Master your adventure with fully capable flats
- Vibram rubber sole offers massive grip and durability
- Bonded, seamless uppers are lightweight and tough
- Keep your little piggies happy with reinforced toe cap
- Stay surefooted with directional lugs that grip
- Siped outsoles pull water and mud away from pedal zone
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- Q & A
15% lighter than market leaders with a focus on durability
Light, but not too light.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Although these shoes are the stickiest out there, they certainly do a great job. The Vibram dual-comp megagrip soles make for a great surface to connect to your flats while still giving you some traction for walking the trails if needed. They are light enough and nimble enough to make it feel like you don't have lead weights on your feet, but not so light that you lose any confidence in the shoe. My only complaint is the toe box is slightly narrower than my FiveTen Freerider Contact Shoes so I would recommend sizing up at least a half size if not a whole size if you have a wider foot. Overall the shoes are great and very impressed with them straight out of the box. Two thumbs up and would recommend to a friend and all that jazz.