Tim S.wrote a review of Pearl Izumi X-Project P.R.O. Cycling Shoe - Men's on April 10, 2018
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Iâve been riding Sidi MTB shoes for nearly 20 years and wanted a change so I tried these. I have a slightly narrow foot and the Sidis fit me perfectly there, but they fell short in hike-a-bike sections. Many times I have seen my life flash before my eyes while scaling sketchy rock sections shouldering my MTB while wearing Sidis with hard plastic soles. SO... I went searching for a new high performance MTB shoe that was more hike friendly and I rolled the dice on these. What I love: great traction on rock while hiking (although I wonder what will happen when the rubber part of the sole wears out). I love, Love, LOVE Boa closures. Thatâs the main reason I bought these and am not disappointed in that aspect. The BEST! I also loved the ORANGE, but not for everyone. They are comfortable once I found the right combination of insole inserts and the fit seems true to size with the slight exception that the toe box is wider than standard (narrow) Sidis. If if you have a really narrow foot, probably not the best choice for you. Whatâs not-so-hot: the 1:1 insole system is cool, it has wedges that slide inside the insole to change the toe varus angle and wedge height- but mine only came with the biggest/highest option. The varus wedge under the ball of my foot (3 deg I think) felt good as I am used to riding Specialized Sworks road shoes with built-in varus wedge, but the high arch insert felt like a marble under my foot. I contacted CC to see if the medium wedge piece was accidentally omitted from my shipment, they said itâs not included and they didnât carry the wedge pieces. I was advised to purchase a $50 after-market Giro footbed kit. Really?!? Isnât it the point of adjustable footbed to be adjustable? Not possible with missing pieces. Good thing Iâm chill AF So... I contacted PI and politely asked them to send me the medium arch supports, but they politely sent inserts for a completely different shoe. so... I politely contacted them again to politely request the correct wedges and they politely sent me the same wrong arch inserts again. See correct (grey=high) and incorrect (black=medium) wedges in attached pic. So... I trimmed the wrong wedge insert and shoved it in so I could actually try these shoes. Bottom line: after a ton fiddling around with customizing the wrong inserts I like these shoes. Was it easy? No. Are they overpriced? Yes, well... maybe... when you compare to high end Sidis $500 ?!?! I bought them with a 20% coupon so I can live with it. Donât pay $350 and make sure they fit you while youâre still able to return. I just feel like it shouldnât be this hard to buy top end gear. Iâm exhausted and need a beer. Cheers!