Jennifer K.wrote a review of Pearl Izumi X-Project Elite Cycling Shoe - Men's on March 12, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The fit and comfort of this shoe is 5 star right out of the box. Materials hold up well to mtn bike demands. Very stiff sole makes power to the pedals efficient but at a cost when it comes to hike-a-bike. I will wear the enduro version of PI shoes when I know I will be hitting some gnarly terrain. Unfortunately, PI has done a poor job with the BOA system. Where the cables tighten against the top of the foot is a wear point for the BOA and I have not been able to get a pair to last more than 6 months. I ride about 4000 miles a year, so your results could be better; but for a high performance shoe, I expect longer life.