Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit Review: Colorado Trail-Worthy Shoes

Over the last three months, Neil Beltchenko has thrown a little bit of everything at the PEARL iZUMi X-Alp Summit shoes. They’ve endured simple day rides, the 530-mile Colorado Trail, and everything in between. I this video review, Neil picks apart their pedaling performance, hike-ability, and overall durability after 200+ hours of use…

The X-Alp Summit is a positioned as a shoe made for all-day mountain bike adventures. Fully redesigned from the ground-up, the X-Alp Summit shoe is $50 cheaper than the X-ALP Elevate, but gets some trickle-down tech from it, including a grippy Vibram ECOSTEP rubber outsole built for hike-a-bikes. Following his positive review of the slightly less burly X-Alp Launch, we took the X-Alp Summit on the hiking-intensive Colorado Trail Race and beyond for this in-depth, beat-down review. Watch it below and scroll down for specs and links to a few other long-term clipless shoe reviews…

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The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit features an L6 BOA Fit System and a Velcro toe strap with a fully synthetic leather upper. Here’s the spec list and details:

  • BOA Fit System with L6 dial for a secure, comfortable fit
  • Seamless, perforated synthetic upper for comfort and breathability
  • Reinforced toe box provides impact protection
  • Grippy Vibram ECOSTEP rubber outsole
  • EVA heel cushioning increases comfort and walkability
  • 2-bolt SPD cleat compatible
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit Review
  • 2021 Colorado Trail Race Winner Neil Beltchenko
  • Neil Beltchenko Wins the 2021 Colorado Trail Race
  • Model Tested: Pearl Izumi X-Alp Summit, Size 46, Smoke Grey/Black
  • Sizes available: 39-49
  • Actual Weight: 924 grams (pair, with cleats)
  • Place of Manufacture: China
  • Price: $150
  • Manufacturer’s Details: PearlIzumi.com

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