Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority of reviewers agree that the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Canyon is a very comfortable mountain bike shoe.
  • It is highly flexible for effortless walking, according to several wearers.
  • Plenty of riders like how versatile this pair is in both its design and function.
  • A number of consumers adore this bike shoe’s casual aesthetic.
  • The X-Alp Canyon feels lightweight and breathable, say a handful of cyclists.
  • This model’s materials and construction have superb quality, according to some of its users.
  • A couple of commenters appreciate the elastic lace loop feature as it helps keep the laces from getting caught in the bike.

1 reason not to buy

  • A few competitive cyclists who are used to uber stiff soles find this pair lacking in rigidity.

Bottom line

With the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Canyon’s hiking sneaker-like feel and look, it offers comfort and style for long hike-a-bike sections or walks around town. It makes for an excellent companion for casual cycling while still providing rigidity for adequate transfer of power while pedaling. 

For sessions that require more versatility, Pearl Izumi’s X-Alp Canyon ticks all the boxes.

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Good to know

Who is it for? This model’s casual style will resonate with leisure riders who seek the comfort and design of hiking sneakers.

What is it good for? The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Canyon shoes’ build and design are suitable for casual or leisurely cycling. These light activities could include indoor cycling or spinning, urban commute, and moderate outdoor rides.

Power transfer with walking comfort. The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Canyon bike shoes feature a nylon composite shank encased in EVA midsoles. The shank yields stiffness for accurate conversion of energy to the bike, while the midsoles provide cushioning and comfort.

The nylon composite shank is connected directly to the cleat area to provide an immediate response to every pedal stroke.

Traction. Underneath, the outsole is made from carbon rubber with lugs for optimal traction and durability.

Upon purchase of the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Canyon cycling shoe, the cleat area features a cover that could function as a flat bike shoe as well. However, this footwear is constructed as a 2-bolt SPD bike shoe.

It is compatible with the following pedals DMR V-Twin, Shimano Deore XT PD-M8020, and Look X Track Rage. The cleat area is recessed so your cleats won’t get stuck on rocks or muddy surfaces while hike-a-biking.

Comfort. The X-Alp Canyon’s upper is made from lightweight and breathable mesh and synthetic upper materials. Its bonded seamless construction prevents rubbing and chafing and delivers all-day comfort.

The collar and tongue are padded for enhanced inner comfort.

Protective. The toe and heel areas feature rubber caps to protect the foot from impact and abrasions. It also enhances the pair’s overall durability.

Time-tested closure. This shoe utilizes the traditional lace-up closure, which provides a proven lockdown fit. It also comes with an elastic lace loop to help keep the laces in place and prevent it from getting caught in the bike.

Ankle movement. Its low profile allows natural ankle movement on and off the bike. It also provides a faster putting on and taking off compared to higher profiled shoes.

The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Canyon features the SENSIFIT technology, which connects the lacing system to the midsole. It provides a cradling sensation to the foot for a snug and secure fit.

This mountain bike shoe utilizes a contoured Otrholite EVA footbed for enhanced instep feel. It yields cushioning and comfort for long bike rides.


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