I need to get new MTB shoes today.
My trusty Pearl iZUMi X-Alp Enduro II Mountain biking shoes provided me with two years of excellent service, but they have reached the end of their life.
The shoes are literally falling apart, and I really don’t want to be 30 miles into the Black Bear Rampage when these smelly old things finally supernova. Just look at them…
Honestly, I really should have junked these shoes six months ago, but I have been holding out for Pearl iZUMi’s X-Project shoe, which was announced (along with a great deal of hype) at last year’s Interbike. The X-Project shoe looked like it was going to be pretty amazing: extremely light and stiff, but still quite good for the occasional hike-a-bike.
The latest information I’ve seen is January 2014 for the upper-end 1.0 model, but I can’t wait until then (and that’s assuming Pearl even makes that date). And that new color scheme… ugh. Not for me.
Anyway, after a full year of missed ship dates, I’ve given up on the X-Project shoe–at least for now.
So, what to get? I have not made up my mind. I’m going to hit up the LBS today and decide there. I absolutely love my SIDI Genius 5 road cycling shoes, so the MTB counterpart to the Genius 5–the SIDI Dominator 5–is at the top of a very short list.
More on Monday… right now I need to RIDE! 🙂