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Discussion: bike shoes

in: Bash

Nov 12, 2015 7:40 PM # 
OK, now that I'm a convert to the clipless current bike shoes are not that great off the bike. Some of that may just be that bike shoes are not like running shoes, but I'm also looking for better alternatives. You've mentioned liking the Pearl Izumi X-Alps for AR, and that you were trying the X-Projects. How are they? Any other recommendations?
Nov 12, 2015 8:11 PM # 
I got a new pair of X-Alps for the 2014 season. I never did find the X-Projects in a store where I could try them on so I didn't make a decision to choose one over the other.

As you probably know, the X-Projects are a little lighter weight with the trade-off that the sole is stiffer, which means better power transfer while pedalling the bike but not as comfortable if you're travelling on foot for a long time.

Harps tried the first version of the X-Projects and his initial review wasn't positive - tight fitting, blisters, etc. I'm not sure whether he learned to love them eventually.

My rationale for not looking harder for the X-Projects was that I already have bike shoes that are lightweight with good power transfer; those are the ones I wear when I'm mostly planning to stay on my bike. When I wear the X-Alps, it is because I expect to spend a lot of time on foot, e.g. I've usually done Storm The Trent, ESAR and Storm the 'Scarpment entirely in bike shoes. I decided to go with the shoe that is more comfortable on foot even though it's not the best "racing" shoe.

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