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

Former Technical Editor, US
James was BikeRadar's US tech editor from 2007-2015.
  • 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, CO, USA
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