Who should buy the Pearl Izumi Tour Road

Pearl Izumi men’s Tour Road is a bike shoe with sizes available exclusively for the guys. Ladies who fancy this model can avail of its women’s version called the Pearl Izumi Sugar. Cyclists who fall under the following criteria might benefit from this shoe:

  • On a budget
  • Casual or leisure riders who don’t need uber stiff soles
  • Loves a retro bike shoe
  • On the hunt for shoes that are SPD and Look pedal compatible

Pearl Izumi Tour Road Logo

Flexible and excellent ventilation

The Pearl Izumi Tour Road features the brand’s 1:1 Composite Power Plate with a carbon fiber plate insert. This plate is placed in the cleat area for rigidity, while the rest of the sole is crafted from nylon composite for flex. It has a stiffness rating of 8 out of 13 in the brand’s index chart.

Pearl Izumi Tour Road outsole

This pair also utilizes the brand’s Direct-Vent technology, which is basically pockets placed in the soles for cooling and drainage.

Pearl Izumi Tour Road cleat system

The Pearl Izumi Tour Road shoes employ both 2-bolt SPD and 3-bolt SPD-SL cleat design. This gives the user the option to ride their preferred pedal system and interchange between the two. If you choose to ride using 2-bolt cleats, here are pedals you can use:  Crank Brothers Mallet Enduro, HT T1 Enduro Race, and Shimano XTR M9100 Race. For three-bolt systems, try it with Shimano PD-R7000, Look Keo Blade, and Time Xpresso 15 pedals.

Pearl Izumi Tour Road Pearl Izumi Tour Road cleat system

Easy to clean upper

The Pearl Izumi Tour Road bike shoes are crafted with seamless perforated upper material designed to provide optimal comfort. The material used is synthetic and easy to clean.

Pearl Izumi Tour Road Easy to clean upper

Traditional lace-up system

This road cycling shoe employs the traditional lace-up system. It offers a tried and tested secure fit and old school aesthetic.

Pearl Izumi Tour Road Traditional lace-up system

The lace-up system’s asymmetrical design is meant to provide most snug fit sans pressure points. An elastic lace loop is also provided to help keep the laces from getting caught in the bike.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 270g
Use: Road, Indoor
Cleat design: 2 holes, 3 holes
Closure: Lace
Features: Reflective, Breathable, Lace Tucks, SPD, Look Delta
Material: Synthetic, Nylon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Pearl Izumi

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Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

Rhys is an expert in all things cycling and bicycles who at a young age pursued the dream of becoming a professional cyclist by racing for a French and then Belgian road racing team at the Elite level. He is heavily involved in the cycling scene and runs one of Australia’s highest-rated online bicycle parts stores. He’s THE expert when it comes to testing cycling shoes.