Pearl Izumi X Project Shoe Launch

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X Project 1.0 Specs
The X Project 1.0 is the pinnacle of the X PROJECT line that features a uniquely constructed sole that is flexible in the right places for hiking or running, but as efficient as a fully rigid carbon bottom. A patent-pending carbon plate provides optimal power transfer for the best of both worlds. It’s a perfect shoe for mountain bikers and cyclocross racers alike.

  • MSRP: $280
  • Sizing: 38-47 in ½ sizes, 48, 49
  • Weight: 320g
  • Fully bonded upper construction provides lightweight breathability
  • 1:1 patented anatomic P.R.O. Buckle system features a 25-degree angled strap design that follows the anatomic curve of the foot
  • Seamless construction in the toe area for no-seam comfort in the flex zone
  • Run shoe EVA foam heel absorbs impact for off-the-bike comfort
  • Full-length tapered unidirectional carbon fiber plate (patent-pending) gives on-the bike power transfer and off-the-bike hike-ability
  • Co-molded rubber tips on hollow TPU lugs provide traction on an extremely lightweight bottom unit
  • Includes 1:1 Insole System with Total Tune Performance Inserts

X Project 2.0 Specs
The X Project 2.0 is the ultimate shoe for mountain bikers because its unique design provides pedaling efficiency with hiking and running performance. A patent-pending carbon plate provides optimal power transfer for the best of both worlds. A perfect shoe for mountain bikers or cyclocross racers

  • MSRP: $210
  • Sizing: Men’s 39-47 in ½ sizes, 48, 49 and Women’s 36-43 in ½ sizes
  • Weight: Men’s 325g and Women’s 280g
  • 1:1 anatomic buckle closure features a 25-degree angled strap design that follows the anatomic curve of the foot
  • Seamless construction in the toe area for no-seam comfort in the flex zone
  • Run shoe EVA foam heel absorbs impact for off-the-bike comfort
  • Full-length tapered unidirectional carbon fiber plate (patent-pending) gives on-the-bike power transfer and off-the-bike hike-ability
  • Co-molded rubber tips on hollow TPU lugs provide traction on an extremely lightweight bottom unit
  • Includes 1:1 Insole System with Total Tune Performance Inserts

X Project 3.0 Specs
The X Project 3.0 is a brand new type of cycling shoe. Maximum pedaling performance combined with hike-ability make this the perfect solution for mountain bikers and cyclocross racers alike.

  • MSRP: $160
  • Sizing: Men’s 39-47 in ½ sizes, 48, 49 and Women’s 36-43 in ½ sizes
  • Weight: Men’s 330g and Women’s 285g
  • 1:1 anatomic buckle closure features a 25-degree angled strap design that follows the anatomic curve of the foot
  • Seamless construction in the toe area for no-seam comfort in the flex zone
  • Run shoe EVA foam heel absorbs impact for off-the-bike comfort
  • Full-length tapered carbon-composite unidirectional plate (patentpending) gives on-the-bike power transfer and off-the-bike hike-ability
  • Co-molded rubber tips on hollow TPU lugs provide traction on an extremely lightweight bottom unit

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.


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  • spokes572 says:

    why so bright colors. No gray or black. Biking is not a Rumba class.

  • Francis says:

    >>why so bright colors. No gray or black. Biking is not a Rumba class.

    Agreed. All of the models need to be available in grey or clear accent. Some neutral color. Currently, the X Project 1 is only available in green, the 2 in orange and the 3 in red. This will force some buyers to go up and down the product line depending on color preference.

  • Warp says:

    So, basically the main difference is the buckle and inserts? Weight difference is 10grs from top to bottom model, so not a factor or one easily lost on manufacturing tolerances.

    Hard to gulp the extra 120 bucks for the top of the line just for inserts and buckle… unless you REALLY like neon green. If you only need the inserts you can just shell out the extra 50 bucks for the middle one… if you really like orange.

    The top of the line will be a hard sale given the little difference with the lesser models and the higher price. But what do I know? XTR sells like pancakes.

    • Brian Mullin says:

      Each of the three models uses different materials for the uppers, which is detailed in the article. I am not sure of the exact weights between the models, since they are not in production yet, so take them with a grain of salt. The 1.0 upper has better ventilation and is more supple, while the 2.0 uses synthetic leather and would best suit UK wet climes, while the 3.0 use synthetic leather and mesh. They all have the same performance from the sole and sticky lugs, and the 3.0 just uses a heavier glass layup instead of full carbon fiber.

  • Steve says:

    No wide sizes, booooooo

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