Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek 3 mountain bike shoes review

Trail footwear

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £80.00 RRP | USD $110.00
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek 3 shoes

Our review

Trainer-like comfort and flexibility, but could do with more power
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The X-Alp Seek has its roots in Pearl Izumi’s running range, and it’s probably as close as you’ll get to riding in trainers. The difference between this and digging your old gym shoes out of the cupboard comes courtesy of a stiffer forefoot plate that’s perfect for better pedalling efficiency.


It’s noticeably light to wear but not skimpy, with a deeply lugged carbon rubber outsole that wraps up over the toe for protection, handling tougher terrain than its looks would have you think it could.

All that mesh does mean it’s not a shoe for wet conditions, although it’s been a relief to ride in something so cool in the recent warm weather. These benefits make the X-Alp fast and light when you need to run, bike or even just walk around town (remember the acceptable trainer looks).


But, after much wear, we’ve come to the conclusion that the advantage is mainly to be had off the bike. We could sacrifice some of that for a smidgen less flex and some more power.

Product Specifications


Name X-Alp Seek III (10)
Brand Pearl Izumi

Available Colours Black/Grey
Weight (g) 355
Features •Nylon X-Alp Ride & Run Plate for easy hike-a-bike and great pedaling power transfer •EVA run shoe midsole for off the bike cushioning and comfort •Carbon rubber lugged outsole for superior traction and durability •Quick drying, highly breathable mesh/synthetic upper delivers comfort and breathability •Low cut construction for a light, fast fit and feel •Flexible forefoot and a running shoe beveled heel •Compatible with all SPD style pedal systems