Pearl Izumi mountain bike SNEAKERS?

Verified Buyer 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.
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