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Pearl Izumi X-Project Elite Mountain Bike Shoe - Women's


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Don't compromise.

Mountain bike shoes often have to sacrifice on something. To be comfortable for all-day wear, they lose snappiness, but to be responsive on the XC course, they often give up traction on more technical hike-a-bike sections. If you've been getting around this by keeping multiple pairs of shoes in your garage, let us offer an alternative.

The Pearl Izumi Women's X-Project Elite Mountain Bike Shoe comes with the lightness of an XC race shoe, and the attitude of a trail shoe that wants to go out adventuring on after your race is over. A carbon fiber sole, Boa dial closure, and barely there synthetic uppers give it its race-ready XC pedigree, but underneath, beefy carbon-tipped TPU rubber lugs are begging to be taken into chunkier, muddier terrain. An EVA foam heel delivers extra cush when you hopping off and on the bike during all-day soujourns, and the breathable three-layer uppers come free of overlays for a fit that won't start to feel restricting when a few wrong turns extend your ride.

  • Get XC pedigree with trail toughness with this hybrid shoe
  • Carbon composite sole expertly transfers power in a race
  • Lugged outsole provides serious traction when you need to hike
  • Boa dial and hook-and-loop strap allow for a custom fit
  • Smooth 3-layer upper blends breathability with subtle support
  • EVA foam heel lends all-day comfort on a trail ride

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
3-layer synthetic
1 Boa IP-1 dial, 1 hook-and-loop strap
carbon composite
TPU lugs with carbon rubber tips, EVA foam heel
Cleat Compatibility:
2-bolt MTB
Claimed Weight:
[size 40] 11.3oz
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size chart

Pearl Izumi


Women's Cycling Shoes
4.5 36
5 36.5
5.5 37
6 37.5/38
6.5 38.5
7 39
7.5 39.5
8 40/40.5
8.5 41
9 41.5
9.5 42/42.5
10 43

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Love these shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 39

I purchased these shoes for a MTB trip to Scotland. I wanted shoes which were comfortable both on the bike and during "hike-a-bike" sections of the trip. I was a bit worried that the shoes would not be broken in prior to the trip but this was not problem. They were comfortable from the first time I wore them. The boa dial closure is a huge plus - it allows for easy adjustment throughout the day and is so easy to put the shoes on and take them off. They worked beautifully over a variety of terrain. I am very pleased with them. In a regular shoe I typically wear a 38 (size 7.0 - 7.5 US sizing) ; I wear a Sidi road shoe in a size 40 ( I ordered the pearl izumi in both a 39 and 40 and decided on the 39. There was ample room. I am very pleased with this purchase

Love them but run small

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

They feel great, but run small. I am returning and going up 1/2 size. Solid shoe though!!

Unanswered Question

Are these shoes good for a wider woman's foot?