Pearl Izumi X-Project Mountain Shoes

Pearl Izumi launched a new line of mountain shoes at the Interbike Outdoor Demo called the X Project. Pearl Izumi engineers set out to create a shoe stiff enough to be efficient while pedaling with enough flexibility to be comfortable off the bike. The fit felt awesome and our first inclination was that this would be the ideal cyclocross shoe. The tapered carbon sole is fully rigid where power transfer is most necessary, but flexible toward the front of the shoe to make them more comfortable for walking and running.