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Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch Shoe

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Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch Shoe 2013

Pearl Izumi's system is grounded in the simple to understand, yet insanely complex to engineer concept that there is no 'almost' in creating products that enhance athletic performance. The X-Alp Launch shoe goes beyond the cut of the gear or construction of a shoe to become a part of you, are more comfortable and perform better.

  • Quick drying, highly breathable mesh/synthetic upper delivers comfort and breathability
  • Low cut construction for a light, fast fit and feel
  • Carbon rubber lugged outsole for superior traction and durability
  • EVA foam and Rubber heel bumper gives stability and walking comfort
  • Built in Longitudinal Arch Support for optimal support, power, and efficiency

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Q: I am new to this type of shoe so I know very little about them. I have a pair of Shimano PD-M530 pedals in "My Cart" but the product description doesn't specifically say "SPD" compatible. Is this shoe going to work? Also the size chart says a size 40 is 6.9 Mens and a 40.5 is 7.3. I wear a size 7 men's shoe....suggestions on which size to pick?

A: Yup this shoe will work for the PD-M530 pedals as both are SPD compatible.

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Blah Blah Blah..just ride! - Apr 19, 2015

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Australia, FN

XC, Commuter, Road rider...had many shoes thru my time..Gaerne, Carnac, Shimano, Answer, Nike...thought I would give these a go...will never wear anything else...forget to change shoes when arrive at work after commute cos they feel like a running shoe...I work at a bike shop who do not stock them..when customers ask about boss quickly takes over cos he knows he is about to lose a sale..some say.."not stiff enough"..I a pro or got a spot in the Olympic team?..seriously...don't get caught up in the Hype of looking the part all the time..better to feel the part.

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Great shoe - Apr 11, 2015

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5 out of 5 stars
Bend, OR

XC rider. This is a great shoe for those seeking a more street shoe feel. Comfortable on or off the bike. Good traction off the bike if you have to scramble. It's not super stiff (maybe a negative point for some), has a good outsole and is meshy and breathble in the summer heat. May be a good first clipless shoe to start with. Pretty sturdy and durable, I'm going into my fourth season and mine are doing fine. They have even been run over by cars a few times (always leaving stuff on the roof...).

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