Who should buy the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate

Both men and women MTB cyclists can reap the benefits of the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate as it is manufactured in both genders' last shapes. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that accommodates all kinds of MTB cyclists except competitive racers.

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Delivers optimum grip on and off the bike

This Pearl Izumi MTB shoe employs aggressive and durable Vibram outsoles to deliver optimum grip on and off the bike. The tread design features a directional pattern to help propel the rider forward and help put on the brakes when needed.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate Outsole

Equipped with Nylon and Carbon Composite 3/4 shanks, this pair yields adequate rigidity for the transfer of energy as well as walking comfort. The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate features a lightweight EVA midsole for cushioning, all-day comfort, and stifling tremor from the rugged trails.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate's cleat system

This mountain cycling shoe is two-bolt SPD compatible. It also comes with a cleat cover so the user can also opt to use it as a flat bike shoe. Some of the MTB clipless pedals that pair well with this footwear are Shimano Saint SPD M820, Xpedo Ambix, and Crank Brother Egg Beater 3. 

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate Cleat system

The X-Alp Elevate features plenty of space for optimal cleat positioning. Wearers don't have to sacrifice walking comfort thanks to this pair's recessed cleats.

Secure and comfortable fit

This cycling shoe employs the brand's Advanced 3-layer Seamless Composite upper to provide a secure and comfortable fit without hot spots and pressure points.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate Strap

The closure utilizes both a BOA IP1 dial and a hook and loop toe strap. The BOA dial is placed directly on top of the foot, putting it out of damage's way. The dial also offers tightening and loosening in increments as well as an instant full release. The Velcro strap is easy to adjust and cinches the forefoot area.

Comfortable cushioning

The inside of the shoe is decked out with a supportive footbed that works together with the EVA midsole to provide cushioning and enhance comfort.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate Insole

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 375g / Women 350g
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Velcro, BOA
Features: SPD, Recessed cleats
Material: Synthetic, Nylon composite sole

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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.