Who should buy the Pearl Izumi X-Road Fuel v5

If you're just dipping your toes into the clipless pedal waters, look no further than the Pearl Izumi Men's X-Road Fuel V5 for confidence-inspiring stability and plentiful traction underfoot. Cyclists say that it is designed to emulate your favorite pair of hiking shoes. With an overly stiff, race-oriented design in favor of sure-footed grip and flexibility underfoot, these are two key areas for those just learning to engage into and release from their newly acquired clipless pedals.

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Who should not buy the Pearl Izumi X-Road Fuel v5

Some individuals find the X-Road Fuel v5 to be too stiff for walking and according to a few folks, this footgear is a bit pricey, considering it doesn’t have any specialized closing mechanism. If you are looking for a shoe that yields a versatile function that could be used from spin classes to commuting and touring, you might want to check the Giro Petra VR.

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Excellent shock absorption and flexibility

Many cyclists were impressed with its outsole. They stated that it renders excellent shock absorption and flexibility. However, trying to run anywhere in shoes with cleats bolted to the bottom is an exercise in frustration. They recommend this shoe for spinning classes or commuters who feel more comfortable wearing a trainer rather than ratchets and Velcro that scream cyclist.

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Effective power transfer

A good number of people say that its rigid outsole delivers effective power transfer.

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Lightweight and comfortable

Almost all of the users regard the Pearl Izumi X-Road Fuel v5 as comfortable for daily use. Also, they stated that despite the bulky appearance, several reviewers are impressed with how light this footgear is.

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Roomy toe box

A bunch of cyclists appreciates the extra room in the front as their toes don’t feel squished.

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Breathable and snug fit

Cyclists say that its acres of mesh across the toes keep things cool and the trainer-style lacing pattern is so effective at keeping the foot hugged snugly into the heel cup.

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Pearl Izumi X-Road Fuel v5's style

The skate-shoe style of this product resonates well with numerous purchasers.

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Pearl Izumi X-Road Fuel v5's main features and benefits

  • Bonded seamless uppers are quick-drying, breathable mesh to keep your feet cool.
  • Low-profile construction for fast revolutions.
  • A built-in lace garage prevents jamming in your chain.
  • X-Road nylon plate offers a solid platform for power and efficiency on or off the bike.
  • Rubber soles for traction and durability.
  • Flexible forefoot and beveled heel for smooth steps.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 375g / Women 330g
Use: Indoor, Casual
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Lace
Features: Lace Tucks, SPD, Recessed cleats
Material: Synthetic/Mesh upper, Nylon composite sole
BRAND Brand: Pearl Izumi

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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.