Pearl Izumi All-Road v5: At home in the studio and the leisurely outdoors
The All-Road v5 construction consists of seamless, breathable upper, easy to use triple Velcro straps, stiff yet walkable soles, grippy traction, and SPD cleats. This build makes for a versatile cycling shoe that could perform in the bike studio and riding leisurely in the open roads and trails.
Who is it for? If you fall under the following categories, then checking out this shoe might be a good idea.
- Commercial Peloton/Spin bike shoe user
- Leisurely mountain cyclist
- Urban Commuter
Updates from its predecessor
Banking on the All-Road v4's strengths and reported weaknesses, the All-Road v5 now features a few updates. One of the most apparent difference is the upper material as the v5 now features a burlier upper for enhanced durability and protection.
Although both Pearl Izumi shoes employ triple Velcro straps, some nuances set them apart. The v4 displays a more asymmetrical design than the v5. Apart from this, everything else has remained the same.
Similar shoes you can check
Bontrager SSR. This pair is marketed as a multisport shoe, as it can be used for casual, indoor, and leisure mountain biking. This makes it similar to the Pearl Izumi All-Road v5 shoe.
However, the SSR employs a traditional lace-up closure with lace tucks, which is recommended to cyclists who love the retro look of laces.
Giro Carbide R II. This shoe is an entry-level MTB shoe that has mostly the same features as the All-Road v5 - from triple Velcro straps to SPD cleats and nylon composite soles. Both models could be used for the same activities mentioned above.
The only significant difference is that the Carbide R II offers slots for additional toe spikes for enhanced traction.