Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch SPD Review: Unbreakable Clipless Shoes? (video)

After seven months and 2,000+ miles of rigorous use, Neil shares his thoughts on the Pearl Izumi X Alp Launch SPD clipless mountain bike shoes. Find out about their pedal performance, off-the-bike comfort, and most importantly, overall durability in this long term review…

The expanded and revamped X-Alp shoe range launched about a year ago and included the high-end and burly X-Alp Elevate as well as the more casual Launch SPD. The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch SPD is for mountain bikers who ride clipless pedals but want a more street-inspired look and comfortable feel. The Launch SPD was revamped around a BOA Fit System and feature a Cordura upper made from recycled content “that is both lightweight and durable.” In our latest YouTube video, Neil provides a proper long-term review of these shoes after 2,000+ miles of use and abuse. Watch it below and scroll down for more specs and details on the shoes.

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Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch SPD Specs (from Pearl Izumi)

  • BOA® Fit System with L6 dial lets riders fine-tune fit while they ride
  • Vibram ECOSTEP® outsole delivers the perfect blend of grip, traction, and durability
  • Seamless, perforated upper is breathable and quick-drying
  • Recycled Cordura® fabric is durable and eco-friendly
  • Reinforced toe box for added protection
  • EVA foam midsole cushions impacts
  • 2-bolt SPD cleat compatible

The X-Alp Launch SPD comes in for $160. Also, you can find our roundup of some of the best SPD shoes on the market here, which includes the X-Alp Elevate.

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch SPD Review
  • Model/Size Tested: Size 46.5 (11.5 US) in Berm Brown/Black
  • Actual Weight (pair): 1130 grams (with cleats and aftermarket insoles)
  • Place of Manufacture: China
  • Price: $160
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