Cleat placement was easy to get right on Pearl Izumi’s Race MTB shoes, thanks to the lengthy slots and clearance around the treads, which in turn then helped shed mud quickly when we were out on the trails.
The wide cut will suit anyone with feet of larger proportions and there are no awkward tight spots that would make them feel uncomfortable. The sole is stiff enough when you’re looking to put the power down but still offers a bit of give off the bike when walking. Tread carefully over rocks and roots though, because grip isn’t great.
The heel cup offers a fairly decent clasp and helps avoid any unnecessary movement on and off the bike. The meshed front panels over the toes help to keep the temperature down but aren’t ideal for winter wetness – they tend to let moisture in.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.