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
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Reviews & Community
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 (https://www.competitivecyclist.com/sidi-wire-shoe-womens?skidn=SID006F-VERWH-S385&ti=UExQIENhdDpXb21lbidzIFJvYWQgQmlrZSBTaG9lczoxOjM6Y2NDYXQxMDAwMzE=). 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!!
Are these shoes good for a wider woman's foot?