Who should buy the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit

Make your next hike-a-bike more pleasurable with this pair of Pearl Izumi mountain bike shoes. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that is equipped with a sole unit that is rigid for effective power transfer.
  • Need a shoe that is made using several layers of mesh and synthetics that protectively wraps the foot against the elements. 
  • Need a shoe that has closure system and makes for quick on-and-off action while also ensuring a comfortable lockdown.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit Logo

Excellent traction and rigity

The X-Alp Summit is meant to provide sure-footing whether wearers are on their bikes or hiking up a trail. It features a Vibram Megagrip outsole, which is a rubber compound that is thick and durable. It has aggressive lugs that bite dirt, rocks, and roots, preventing slippage.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit Excellent traction and rigity

Sandwiched between the outsole and the midsole is a ¾-inch long nylon composite shank. It reinforces the area, stiffening it to make pedaling less strenuous on the legs.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit

The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit employs a two-holed cleat design. It is compatible with the following bike pedals: Funn Ripper, Crankbrothers Mallet E LS, Shimano XT M8020 Trail, and DMR V-Twin, to name a few.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit Cleat system

Low-top construction

This Pearl Izumi shoe features a low-top construction. The design allows a full range of ankle motion. It also prevents the top of the shoe from chafing the shin or the back of the foot.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit  Low-top construction

Secure lockdown

This model uses a combination of straps and ratchet to deliver a customized fit and secure lockdown. The ratchet, or 1:1 Anatomical Buckle Closure System, is found at the top and aims to reduce pressure at the instep. The two other straps allow for fit adjustments in the middle and near the toes.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit Secure lockdown

Comfortable cushioning

Making up the top of the X-Alp Summit is an Advanced 3-Layer Seamless Composite material. The different layers are fused together, ensuring no seams can cause irritation to the foot. The upper is also breathable, so rides are sure to be comfortable.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit Comfortable cushioning

The top-most layer also functions as a protective layer against flying debris and abrasion. There are perforation vents on the vamp that promotes aeration of the foot chamber.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 425g / Women 398g
Use: Mountain
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Velcro, Ratchet
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.