Pearl Izumi Barrier GTX mountain bike shoes review£210.00

Great for snow use

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Barrier GTX is a seriously expensive boot, but it proved a favourite through last year’s exceptionally cold and snowy British winter. 

The complete double skin, Gore-Tex lined and Thinsulate insulated design with a lace locked inner boot is both warm and comfortable under the zippered gaiter cover. The combination of thick padded neoprene inner cuff and tall outer cuff makes them impressively sealed against the elements.

A close fit means you need to go up a size for them to be circulation-friendly. The hard tread lugs are a bit slippery but the sole is very stiff under power and it’s toe stud compatible.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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