Verdict from 7 experts and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Practically everyone who has reviewed the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch SPD is pleased about the shoe's incredible comfort.
  • According to plenty of users, this mountain bike shoe's soles are stiff enough for power transfer but still comfortable enough for walking.
  • Based on a number of reports, the X-Alp Launch SPD has good off-bike traction for hike-a-bike sessions.
  • Several cyclists delight that they can switch between SPD and flat pedals.
  • Some users appreciate the lace loop feature as it keeps the laces from getting caught in the drivetrain.
  • It is easy to clip in and clip out, according to a couple of riders.
  • A handful of consumers find this pair to be stylish.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some wearers claim that this Pearl Izumi bike shoe is a bit heavier than other models.
  • A commenter says the footwear flexes a bit when used with small SPD pedals.
  • An expert gripes about how the laces do not allow adjustments while riding.

Bottom line

The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch SPD is a casual-inspired clipless bike shoe made for mountain bikers and urban commuters. This pair's strong suit includes walking comfort, abundant traction and sneaker-like style.

That said, like every other footwear, this shoe does not come with no flaws. However, all things considered, it is still a solid offering, given its many benefits.

Tip: see the best mountain cycling shoes.


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