Pearl Izumi X-Alp Drift mountain bike shoes review

Go-to footwear for hot weather riding

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £90.00 RRP | USD $100.00
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Drift trail shoe

Our review

Not cheap but sometimes you have to pay more to get more of the better design features in one package
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The X-Alp Drift blends modern running shoe design and sport sandal breathability with pro cross-country race shoe features and the comfort of traditional soft trail footwear. We’ve been testing them on the trail and in hot spin classes because of how well vented they are. Come summer, they’ll be go-tos for hot weather riding.


The toe box is wide and deep with lots of wiggle room, and is reinforced with a rubber toe guard that hits the hard stuff before you. A plastic heel counter strap ensures a snug heel fit. The upper is closed with race shoe-style triple Velcro forefoot straps. Velcro straps give a feeling of security and personalised fit that often laces alone can’t touch.


The outsole is rubber and hooks up well on soft trails and gives more traction than the other skatey offerings. The shoe upper and outsole are both wearing well with plenty of trail under them so far.

Product Specifications


Name X-Alp Drift trail shoe (11)
Brand Pearl Izumi

Description Width: medium, Sizes: men's 39-49, women's 36-43
Available Colours Black White
Available In (Mens/Womens) Mens Womens
Weight (g) 800
Shoe Compatibility Cleat Flat