Construction of the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch

Who is it for? This Pearl Izumi bike shoe is for mountain bike riders who are used to the spontaneous release of their foot from the pedal. 

What is it good for? The pair’s adequately stiff soles, grippy toe and heel areas of the outsole, and reinforced toe cap contribute to efficient mountain cycling. It performs well on the bike and grips on rocks and surfaces every time the need for pushing the bike arises.


Shock absorption. The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch features a midsole section made from EVA. This part provides dampening of impact to keep the foot comfortable during long, rocky rides.

Two grip zones. In partnership with Vibram, this shoe was designed with two zones of differing traction levels. Both zones are crafted from the durable Vibram MegaGrip, but with different designs for various uses:

  • The pedal area, or the mid-section of the outsole, features a smooth, siped rubber outsole design.
  • In the toe and heel areas, open lugs shaped in a chevron pattern provide traction for off-bike use when pushing the bike is needed.

Cleat System

The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch employs a flat outsole. The pedals that are compatible with this shoe are Crank Brothers Stamp 7, One Up Components Aluminum Pedals, and ACROS A-FLAT MD.


Comfort. This pair’s upper features a seamless bonded upper that provides a lightweight and comfortable performance. It is durable and breathable as well.

Protection. Reinforced toecaps yield protection against rock strikes, impacts, and bumps. It guards the toes against the elements in the rugged trails.

Time-tested fit. The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch employs the traditional lace-up closure. It offers a precise and lockdown fit without pressure point or added weight.

Nice to know

  • The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch is the brand’s first flat pedal shoe.
  • A clipless version of this model aptly called the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch SPD, is also available.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 340g / Women 309g
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: Flat
Closure: Lace
Material: Synthetic upper
Technology: Vibram

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