Men’s and Woman’s X-Alp Launch shoes cost $160.00 – More at PearlIzumi.com
I was recently told by a bike fitter that many people he fits overlook shoe choice and proper shoe fit. I thought to myself, I know a niche in the cycling industry that does the complete opposite of that – Bikepackers. While we are all looking for a comfortable all-day cycling shoe that hikes well, many features are personal preference such as weight, stiffness and the closer system. For some reason I, like many others, have yet to find the perfect shoe. I always find myself searching to fill that void. My most recent shoe is the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch, a shoe that was released in 2013 that has recently been updated. I will be using this shoe in the upcoming Arizona Trail Race, as well as many other rides and races this spring. I’ll share with you my thoughts after I feel like I have a solid grasp on how the shoe performs. Until then, I hope this first look video can help you understand the features of the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch.