Mountain bike shoes often have to sacrifice on something. To be comfortable for all-day wear, they lose snappiness, but to be responsive on the XC course, they often give up traction on more technical hike-a-bike sections. If you've been getting around this by keeping multiple pairs of shoes in your garage, let us offer an alternative.
The Pearl Izumi Women's X-Project Elite Mountain Bike Shoe comes with the lightness of an XC race shoe, and the attitude of a trail shoe that wants to go out adventuring after your race is finished. A carbon fiber sole, Boa dial closure, and adaptive synthetic uppers give it its race-ready XC pedigree, but underneath, beefy carbon-tipped TPU rubber lugs are begging to be taken into chunkier, muddier terrain. An EVA foam heel delivers extra cush when you're hopping off and on the bike during all-day soujourns, and the breathable three-layer uppers come free of overlays for a fit that won't feel restricting when a few wrong turns extend your ride.
- Gain XC pedigree with trail toughness in this hybrid shoe
- Carbon composite sole expertly transfers power in a race
- Lugged outsole provides serious traction when you need to hike
- Boa dial and hook-and-loop strap allow for a customized fit
- Smooth 3-layer upper blends breathability with support
- EVA foam heel lends comfort for dismounting on the trail
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- Q & A
awesome awesome, and a bit narrow
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These felt like the best fit straight out of the box. Like a comfortable, properly contoured glove. And a very lightweight glove at that!
I'm super impressed with how light they are, and the overall "lace design." It's SO simple and much easier to put on, and take off. I love how the boa can just pop open when you're SO ready to take off your bike shoes, and it makes it incredibly easy to slip your foot back in and tighten them up super quick before the next ride.
I really don't understand why SO many other bike shoes have laces right now. They get caked in mud and become really annoying to tie and untie, and are difficult to tighten after a certain point. I also find the ratchet straps to be a bit annoying. Pearl Izumi did it right with this design.
Unfortunately for me, I have a wider foot. So I've been getting a lot of foot pain once I start pedaling and my foot spreads or swells. It's possible that they might stretch, but I found another wider shoe that I've now been using instead and it has alleviated most of my issues. If I could buy a wide version of these I would jump on it! I also recently found out Giro is making "H.V." or "high volume" for us wide footed people, so that will be another one I look into for the future.
Love these shoes
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 39
- Height: 5'2"
- Weight: 126lbs
I purchased these shoes for a MTB trip to Scotland. I wanted shoes which were comfortable both on the bike and during "hike-a-bike" sections of the trip. I was a bit worried that the shoes would not be broken in prior to the trip but this was not problem. They were comfortable from the first time I wore them. The boa dial closure is a huge plus - it allows for easy adjustment throughout the day and is so easy to put the shoes on and take them off. They worked beautifully over a variety of terrain. I am very pleased with them. In a regular shoe I typically wear a 38 (size 7.0 - 7.5 US sizing) ; I wear a Sidi road shoe in a size 40 (https://www.competitivecyclist.com/sidi-wire-shoe-womens?skidn=SID006F-VERWH-S385&ti=UExQIENhdDpXb21lbidzIFJvYWQgQmlrZSBTaG9lczoxOjM6Y2NDYXQxMDAwMzE=). I ordered the pearl izumi in both a 39 and 40 and decided on the 39. There was ample room. I am very pleased with this purchase
Love them but run small
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
They feel great, but run small. I am returning and going up 1/2 size. Solid shoe though!!
Are these shoes good for a wider woman's foot?