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Item # PLZ00M5
Description

Become the Matador.

Beyond the trails most traveled lay miles of untouched hero dirt, undulating berms and chunky rock gardens waiting to be tamed, and with the Pearl Izumi X-ALP Launch Mountain Bike Shoes you can take your place as the Matador. These kicks give you the confidence you need to conquer the wild backcountry, and with the stiff composure, confidence, and tacky grip that you need to keep locked into the bike while you push further beyond your limits. This unyielding support comes largely from the bonded, seamless uppers that hug your foot into place, and stiff soles that give you true security while you book it up winding deer trails on bike, or on foot, diving into your adventure.

The X-Alp Launch combines the best of both worlds, with a stiff sole for direct power transfer, and serious grip that locks your footing into the trail when you're off the bike. Its built with an EVA midsole that cushions blows from sharp rocks, and a dual-compound Vibram Megagrip outsole that holds true to the dirt under foot. The lugs are designed with open an chevron shaped pattern, directionally placed to give you braking power in the heel, and propelling power in the toe while maintaining surefooted grip. Even the pedal zone features Vibram Megagrip with siping to keep mud away to help your sole lock into the pins without slipping in sketchy hair-pin turns.

  • Master your adventure with fully capable flats
  • Vibram rubber sole offers massive grip and durability
  • Bonded, seamless uppers are lightweight and tough
  • Keep your little piggies happy with reinforced toe cap
  • Stay surefooted with directional lugs that grip
  • Siped outsoles pull water and mud away from pedal zone
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
Upper Material
synthetic
Closure
lace
Midsole
EVA
Sole
dual-compound Vibram Megagrip
Recommended Use
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime
Size

Recommended Sizing Guide

Men's Cycling Shoes
US SHOE SIZE5.566.577.588.599.51010.51111.51212.51313.514
Chrome 37.5 38 39 39.5 40 41 41.5 42 43 44 44.5 45 46 47   47.5   48
Diadora 38 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 43.5 44 44.5 45 45.5 46     
DMT 38   39   40 41 42 42.5 43 43.5 44.5 45 45.5 46   47 48  
Five Ten 37 38 38.5 39 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 46 46.5 47   
Fi'zi:k 38 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 43.5 44 44.5 45 45.5 46     
Gaerne 38 39   40   41 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45   46 47 48   
Giro   39 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 43.5 44.5 45 45.5 46 46.5 47 48  
Lake 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 43.5 44 44.5 45 45.5 46 46.5 47 48  
Louis Garneau 38.5 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 43 44 44.5/45 45.5 46 47 48 49 50  
Mavic (US/EU) 5.5 / 38 6 / 38.7 6.5 / 39.3 7 / 40 7.5 / 40.7 8 / 41.3 8.5 / 42 9 / 42.7 9.5 / 43.3 10 / 44 10.5/ 44.7 11 / 45.3 11.5 / 46 12 / 46.7 12.5 / 47.3 13 / 48 13.5 / 48.7  
Northwave 37   38 39 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 45.5 46 47 48
Pearl Izumi 38 39 39.5 40 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 46 46.5 47 48 48.5 49
Shimano 38.5 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 43 44 44.5 45 45.5 46.5 47   49   50
Scott 38   39 40   41 42   43 44   45 46   47 48   
Sidi  39 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 / 42.5 43 43.5 44 / 44.5 45 45.5 46 / 46.5 47 47.5 48 48.5 49
Six Six One 38 38.5 39 40 40.5 41 42 43 43.5 44 44.5 45   46 47 48 49 50
Suplest 37 38   39 40 41   42 42.5 43 43.5 44 44.5 45   46   47
Vans 37 38 38.5 39 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 46   47   48
US SHOE SIZE5.566.577.588.599.51010.51111.51212.51313.514

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X-ALP LAUNCH

15% lighter than market leaders with a focus on durability

If you're looking for a sticky sole that will grip the pedal pins, look elsewhere. The sole is similar to the hard rubber you'd find on a hiking boot, but with much smaller lugs. Took them on a 13 mile ride and hoped maybe the sole needed to be broken in before it would grip the pins, but sadly the sole remains rock hard and slippery. Maybe they were designed more for downhill to allow the rider to eject from the pedals more easily?

Light, but not too light.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Although these shoes are the stickiest out there, they certainly do a great job. The Vibram dual-comp megagrip soles make for a great surface to connect to your flats while still giving you some traction for walking the trails if needed. They are light enough and nimble enough to make it feel like you don't have lead weights on your feet, but not so light that you lose any confidence in the shoe. My only complaint is the toe box is slightly narrower than my FiveTen Freerider Contact Shoes so I would recommend sizing up at least a half size if not a whole size if you have a wider foot. Overall the shoes are great and very impressed with them straight out of the box. Two thumbs up and would recommend to a friend and all that jazz.