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PEARL iZUMiX-ALP Elevate Cycling Shoe - Men's


Item # PLZO8EE

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Why We Like The X-ALP Elevate Cycling Shoe

Updated from the previous generation, the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate Cycling Shoe sheds some weight and adds support for your off-road epics by bike. Taking a bit off the top, Pearl Izumi reduces the bulk and weight of the tongue and upper material so you’ll feel lighter on the pedals and freer when on-foot. Pure cyclists will enjoy updated dual-dial BOA Fit System that hugs with just the right amount of pressure to keep feet stable in punchy, uphill switchbacks. And the adventure-seeker in us will find limitless exploration with the Vibram ECOSTEP rubber sole that provides off-the-beaten-path walkability. For such adventures, Pearl Izumi adds a reinforced toe box to fend on rocky impacts and an EVA midsole to cushion on hard-pack trails.

  • Mountain biking shoe for your expanding world
  • BOA Fit System, dual dials perform in the untested wilderness
  • Vibram rubber sole for off-bike confidence
  • EVA midsole comforts like your go-to sneakers
  • Reinforced toe box for when the trails get rocky

Tech Specs
Responsible CollectionOrganic Materials
Upper Materialsynthetic
ClosureBOA Fit System (dual IP1)
Midsole20% renewable algae-based Bloom
SoleVibram ECOSTEP
Cleat Compatibility2-bolt
Recommended Usecross-country, cyclocross, downhill, enduro, mud/sand/snow, trail
Manufacturer Warrantylifetime

Pearl Izumi 

Cycling Footwear
  5 36 3 22.5
  5.5 36.5 3.5 23
  6 37 4 23
  6.5 37.5 4.5 23.5
6 7 38 5 24
6.25 7.25 38.5 5 24
6.5 7.5 39 5.5 24.5
6.75 7.75 39.5 5.5 24.5
7 8 40 6 25
7.5 8.5 40.5 6.5 25.5
7.75 9 41 7 25.5
8 9.25 41.5 7 26
8.5 9.5 42 7.5 26.5
9 10 42.5 8 27
9.25 10.5 43 8.5 27.5
9.5   43.5 8.5 27.5
10   44 9 28
10.25   44.5 9 28
10.5   45 9.5 28.5
11   45.5 10 29
11.5   46 10.5 29.5
12   46.5 11 30
12.5   47 11.5 30.5
13   48 12 31
14   49   32
15   50   33
16   51   34

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Awesome Shoe

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
5` 9"
150 lbs

All day comfort. Have used in 100mi MTB race and 138mi gravel/mtb mix. I've had two pairs of these, I like them that much. Biggest pro is the all day comfort and Vibram outsole for hiking (like in the UP in Michigan), you can scramble up anything in these because of the outsole rubber and because the upper is just so comfortable. Biggest cons would be lack of drainage (they hold a ton of water - do not dry all that quickly and they do not have any drain ports) and then the lack of venting (there is no venting). I still grab them for the long days just because of the comfort, but I use other shoes for racing shorter events or when I need drainage. Regarding the lack of venting, I see that as a blessing for cold weather riding because combined with a good wool sock, I am good for 2-3hrs in these down to about 35F. No air gets in. Fit true to size for sure, aligns perfectly to Specialized and Giro sizing.

>Rating: 5

Perfect Gravel Shoe

True to size
Size Bought
5` 11"
210 lbs

A bit heavy but made for punishment and a good fit.

>Rating: 2

not compatible w/ CrankBrothers cleats

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought

I had to grind, and then carve, very large pieces out of the sole around the cleat, which, even with the CB shims, sits way too deep and blocked by the sole. They are lightweight and comfortable, but the shoe is simply not compatible with CB. I've had other PI shoes, all of which I've needed to remove a much smaller amount of material, but these are just not designed for CB cleats. Also, the last PI shoes I had, top of the line, I wore a 45 perfectly - the sizing seems to have changed and I needed a 44 in these.

I just rode 200+ miles in the Breck Epic with Eggbeaters and these shoes/CB cleats and they worked great!

>Rating: 4

my favorite shoes this year

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
5` 9"
165 lbs

Great fit. Toe area is nice and wide--not too wide. True to size. I wear 9 1/2 regular sneakers and bought the 42.5. Feels great with my crank brothers pedals. i wear these when i ride my trail/xc bike. Boa system is on point. Very adjustable. Shoe also feels good walking around when you need to hike your bike. Soles are soft yet nice and firm to walk around in. Only issue is that water gets in easily, so don't expect a water proof shoe.


Anyone know how the sizing on these runs compared to previous PI shoes? Compared to the x project series? Looking for info on length being true to size and toe box width? Thanks in advance.