Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The comfort delivered by the Pearl Izumi Race Road v5 impresses a ton of reviewers.
  • Many users commend the sturdy build of this road cycling shoe.
  • A lot of people appreciate the roomy forefoot yet snug heel fit of this model.
  • According to more than a few consumers, this product is affordable.
  • Plenty of owners rave about how quickly they got the footgear on and off because of the BOA dial.
  • Multiple wearers say this footgear is breathable, which they like.
  • The style of this athletic footwear pleases numerous buyers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few cyclists suggest that Pearl Izumi relocate the BOA dial in the next iteration to improve fit adjustment in the Race Road line.
  • One person reports bending of the outsole when pedaling uphill.

Bottom line

This road cycling shoe from Pearl Izumi is crafted to provide exceptional power transfer from the foot to the pedal. Its outsole is engineered to be stiff to make pedaling virtually effortless on flat roads. It also has rubber bumpers to make walking less awkward. Meanwhile, the top has ventilation features that keep the foot fresh during extended periods of rides. To top it all off, it is comfortable to use and quite stylish.

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