Who should buy the Pearl Izumi Pro Leader v4

The Pro Leader v4 shares many features with its predecessor, the Pearl Izumi Pro Leader v3. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that has stiff outsole with replaceable heel pads, a Look-style cleat system, and vents for aeration.
  • Need a shoe that has a more straightforward design with an all-black colorway.
  • Need a shoe that features a pop of color on its outsole and the closure is now placed at an angle for a pleasurable riding experience.

Pearl Izumi Pro Leader v4 Logo

Integrated carbon power plate

The bottom of the Pro Leader v4 is made of 1:1 Integrated Carbon Power Plate. This compound is light yet very stiff. The rigidity makes for better pedaling motion as it doesn’t easily bend, reducing power loss.

Pearl Izumi Pro Leader v4 Integrated carbon power plate

The outsole has been treated to electroplating as marked by the mirror-like finish in some areas. This element amps up both the style factor of the shoe and the rider’s visibility.

Look-style cleat system

The Pro Leader v4 has three holes to accommodate the use of a Look-style cleat system. This road cycling trainer is compatible with the following pedals: Look Keo Blade, Time Xpresso 10, and Shimano Dura-Ace PD-R9100, to name a few.

Pearl Izumi Pro Leader v4 Enhanced visibility

Soft and comfortable

The top of this Pearl Izumi cycling shoe is made of a 3-layer Seamless Composite. It has no stitches inside that could cause blistering or chafing. The material is soft and breathable, ensuring in-shoe comfort at all times.

Pearl Izumi Pro Leader v4 Soft and comfortable

Secure fit

Atop the tongue is two BOA dials. They can be micro-adjusted using 1mm increments and can quickly be released by popping up the dial. The use of two dials evenly distributes the pressure on the instep to avoid any discomfort as the cables get tighter.

Pearl Izumi Pro Leader v4 Secure fit

The ‘T’ structure at the back serves as a heel cup. It keeps the rearfoot steady while pedaling and also prevents unnecessary heel lifts.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 9.3oz
Use: Road
Cleat design: 3 holes
Closure: BOA
Features: Replaceable Sole Guards, Look Delta
BRAND Brand: Pearl Izumi
Rigidity: Very stiff

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