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Make your next hike-a-bike more pleasurable with this pair of Pearl Izumi mountain bike shoes. It is equipped with a sole unit that is rigid for effective power transfer. However, it is not too stiff that it causes discomfort.
As for the top, it is made using several layers of mesh and synthetics that protectively wraps the foot against the elements. Its closure system makes for quick on-and-off action while also ensuring a comfortable lockdown.
Traction. The X-Alp Summit is meant to provide sure-footing whether wearers are on their bikes or hiking up a trail. It features a Vibram Megagrip outsole, which is a rubber compound that is thick and durable. It has aggressive lugs that bite dirt, rocks, and roots, preventing slippage.
Rigidity. Sandwiched between the outsole and the midsole is a ¾-inch long nylon composite shank. It reinforces the area, stiffening it to make pedaling less strenuous on the legs.
The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit employs a two-holed cleat design. It is compatible with the following bike pedals: Funn Ripper, Crankbrothers Mallet E LS, Shimano XT M8020 Trail, and DMR V-Twin, to name a few.
Movement. This Pearl Izumi shoe features a low-top construction. The design allows a full range of ankle motion. It also prevents the top of the shoe from chafing the shin or the back of the foot.
Lockdown. This model uses a combination of straps and ratchet to deliver a customized fit and secure lockdown. The ratchet, or 1:1 Anatomical Buckle Closure System, is found at the top and aims to reduce pressure at the instep. The two other straps allow for fit adjustments in the middle and near the toes.
Comfort. Making up the top of the X-Alp Summit is an Advanced 3-Layer Seamless Composite material. The different layers are fused together, ensuring no seams can cause irritation to the foot. The upper is also breathable, so rides are sure to be comfortable.
The top-most layer also functions as a protective layer against flying debris and abrasion. There are perforation vents on the vamp that promotes aeration of the foot chamber.
Light padding lines the collar of this cycling trainer from Pearl Izumi. It prevents heel lifts and keeps the fit snug at the rear.
Shock attenuation. The midsole of the X-Alp Summit is crafted from ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam. This component is lightweight and reduces the impact of each step while hiking.
Enhanced comfort. Inside the trainer is a molded foam insert. It provides full-length underfoot coverage for prolonged comfort.