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Who is it for? Both men and women MTB cyclists can reap the benefits of the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate as it is manufactured in both genders' last shapes.
As with what type of MTB rider, this footwear is described to accommodate all kinds of MTB cyclists except competitive racers.
What is it for? According to the brand, the X-Alp Elevate is down to ride anything. Activities include the following:
- Scouting lines
- Technical climbs
- Cycling around town
The only thing that this shoe isn't recommended for is professional races.
Traction. This Pearl Izumi MTB shoe employs aggressive and durable Vibram outsoles to deliver optimum grip on and off the bike.
The tread design features a directional pattern to help propel the rider forward and help put on the brakes when needed.
Efficient power transfer and walking comfort. Equipped with Nylon and Carbon Composite 3/4 shanks, this pair yields adequate rigidity for the transfer of energy as well as walking comfort.
Vibration dampening. The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate features a lightweight EVA midsole for cushioning, all-day comfort and stifling tremor from the rugged trails.
This mountain cycling shoe is two-bolt SPD compatible. It also comes with a cleat cover so the user can also opt to use it as a flat bike shoe. Some of the MTB clipless pedals that pair well with this footwear are Shimano Saint SPD M820, Xpedo Ambix and Crank Brother Egg Beater 3.
Plenty of cleat positioning. The X-Alp Elevate features plenty of space for optimal cleat positioning.
Recessed cleat area. Wearers don't have to sacrifice walking comfort thanks to this pair's recessed cleats.
Comfort and durability. This cycling shoe employs the brand's Advanced 3-layer Seamless Composite upper to provide a secure and comfortable fit without hot spots and pressure points.
Lockdown. The closure utilizes both a BOA IP1 dial and a hook and loop toe strap. The BOA dial is placed directly on top of the foot, putting it out of damage's way. The dial also offers tightening and loosening in increments as well as an instant full release.
The Velcro strap is easy to adjust and cinches the forefoot area.
The inside of the shoe is decked out with a supportive footbed that works together with the EVA midsole to provide cushioning and enhance comfort.