Profile of the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Flow

Who is it for? The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Flow suits more of the casual riders who do not need a bulky and super technical shoe.

What is it for? This MTB shoe would work well in the following casual and light rides to mid-level cycling activities:

  • Urban commute
  • Bike packing trips
  • Casual travel riding


Durable grip. The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Flow features dual-density zonal outsoles compounds. The toe and heel areas employ open, chevron-shaped lugs for optimal off-bike traction. The cleat area utilizes a seemingly smooth pattern, but when looked upon closely, it features thin slits for pedal pin engagement.

Vibration and impact dampening. The shoe's EVA midsoles provide shock absorption to keep the foot comfortable throughout the day.

Cleat System

The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Flow is a flat mountain bike shoe that works well with the following flat MTB pedals: Crank Brothers Stamp 7 Large LE, Burgtec Penthouse Mk4 Composite and Nukeproof Horizon Pro.

As mentioned in the section above, the cleat area features a special rubber lug pattern for pedal pin engagement.


Lightweight comfort. This model's upper is crafted from synthetic materials. It is designed with minimal seams to prevent hot spots and pressure points.

Lockdown. The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Flow utilizes the traditional lace-up closure for its retention system. It offers a precise fit sans pressure points.

Elastic lace loops are also provided to tuck in laces and keep them from getting caught in the drivetrain.

Nice to know

A newer version of this shoes is set to launch in 2021.

Updates from its predecessor

The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Flow's older sibling is the X-Alp Launch. These two shoes share a lot of similarities and a few differences. To find out more, continue reading.


Both shoes employ the following features:

  • Lace-up closures
  • EVA midsoles
  • A dual-density zonal sole design
  • Toe cap protection


  • The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch features completely seamless uppers, whereas the X-Alp Flow has minimal seams
  • The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Flow employs a lace loop lock
  • The X-Alp Launch uses Vibram technology for its outsoles


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