Closeouts. Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch mountain bike shoes are made for epic adventures, with an excellent, low-cut fit and a flexible, lugged outsole that has the walkability of an aggressive trail running shoe.
Reviewed by WhiskeyDojo from Santa Monica Mountains on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
My riding is taking me to places I need to hike through. Walking in Specialized experts is not comfortable. I decided to try the Pi's as they were on sale. $130 is fair for these shoes. At $175, I'd have some buyer's remorse. The shoes are a huge trade off in stiffness and pedaling efficiency. I've worn Specialized for years and riding in the Pi's is actually working some new muscles because the pedal stroke is so different. I switched from a 520 pedal to an XTR platform which helps generate more contact and power. They are cushy on descents. Definitely feel the sneaker bottom. Buckle system seems ok, and easy to adjust. Shoes breath very well compared to Specialized design. It really is a sneaker with a cleat. Overall, I like them. Off the bike comfort is amazing. Feels so good to unclip and stand normal to stretch and walk. My feet and my back are happy. We'll see if they stand up to back country thrashing.
Reviewed by halffulltraveler from Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, October 11, 2014
The shoes seem like very nice shoes. I tried them on and they were a bit tight. I bought size 43 since that is my usual size and reordered 45. I am excited to get to try out my new shoes. I am sure I will Love the loud bright color.
Reviewed by rhy from San Jose, CA on Sunday, June 8, 2014
Just rode the Flume trail in Tahoe in these. Had to walk / carry the bike in a few sections (landslides, etc). Nice hiking tread, but they still seem to pedal well enough. My feet measure 9.5 us, and I have another pair of pearl izumi bike shoes in 44. 43 seemed too small, so i went with 44 in these.
Reviewed by mountmitch from Alabama on Monday, June 2, 2014
I wear a size 12 and the euro size 47 is supposed to equate to 12.5 US. I would need at least a size 13 in these. I gave them four stars because they seem well made and just what I wanted in a bike and hike shoe. Just too small. Had to send them back.