First look: Pearl Izumi Barrier GTX winter shoes

Beefed up to keep out the chill

Pearl Izumi’s all-new line of shoes now includes a dedicated cold weather model. 

The Barrier GTX features the same reinforced nylon plate and tread as the mid-level Attack summer shoe but with a unique upper construction that Pearl Izumi hopes will keep our feet both warm and dry once we begin testing in earnest.

The ‘warm’ part comes courtesy of 200g worth of 3M Thinsulate insulation while the full Gore-Tex liner is certified by W.L. Gore as waterproof.  A zip-up outer cover keeps bigger debris away from the speed lace interior.  Total weight is a competitive 1028g per pair with insoles (sz44). They're priced at US$249.99.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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