Pearl Izumi X Alp Mid GTX shoes review£87.99

Lightweight Gore-tex boot

BikeRadar score4/5

Pearl’s good-looking trail boot has proved a lot tougher and more weatherproof than most of its competitors over the past year.

The mesh and synthetic leather upper isn’t insulated so you’ll need thick socks in winter, but it won’t boil you in summer.

The high top and complete Gore-Tex liner still keeps this boot noticeably drier than shoes when you’re paddling through puddles. There’s even an optional gaiter to wrap round the top to keep out splash, grit and snow.

The wrap-over strap, external web and plate-reinforced sole keeps it firm enough for powering up climbs, but sole traction and flexibility is okay for unrideable crags. They’re light and well priced for a Gore boot too.

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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