Pearl Izumi X-Alp Gravel: A hybrid of road and mountain bike shoes
The X-Alp Gravel is purpose-built for cycling on gravel surfaces. Footwear for this activity requires road cycling shoes' comfortable snug and sleek upper and MTB shoes' grip and walking capability for hike-a-bike sections. This is precisely what the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Gravel provides.
Who is it for? Despite its gravel-focused build, this pair's construction is generally considered versatile. Aside from gravel cycling, it can also be used for the following activities:
- Leisure mountain cycling
- Urban commutes
Other gravel bike shoe models you can try
Fizik Terra X5. Compared to the X-Alp Gravel, this Fizik model's main differences include a micro-Velcro strap to separately cinch the toe area, more color choices, a heel pull-tab, cutout tip of the tongue, and an option to choose from two upper materials. Both the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Gravel and Fizik Terra X5 retail for $150.
Giro Privateer Lace. The most apparent distinction of this pair from the X-Alp Gravel is its use of the traditional lace-up closure system. Hence, it is for cyclists who love retro-inspired cycling shoes. Price-wise, the Privateer Lace is $10 cheaper at $140 compared to Pearl Izumi's $150 offering.