2016 Interbike – Pearl Izumi

by Brian Mullin on October 9, 2016


For 2017 Pearl Izumi has redesigned their X-Project shoe lineup which has a new sole with improved stiffness and walkability, they upgraded their Launch short and Summit gloves and added a new Cargo Base layer with an extended back.

X-Project P.R.O.

Their top of line X-Project mountain bike got a redesigned and reengineered sole that is stiffer and walks better. They moved the carbon sole around and it now covers from just in back of the toes all the way to the front of the heel. With the redesign, the front toe section now has a more flexible portion which offers improved walkability characteristics. The 3-layer seamless upper has excellent breathability and adapts to your foot shape to eliminate discomfort


For grip and comfort, it has co-molded carbon rubber tips on hollow TPU lugs. Using technology from their running shoes, they have an EVA foam heel for comfort and impact absorption.

They feature a double BOA micro-adjustment closure system with a full pop-up release for easy foot entry and egress. They come in 38-47 in 1/2 sizes, and full 48, 49 sizes,  and come in Black/Shadow Gray and Screaming Orange/Black color schemes and retail for $350.


X-Project Elite

The X-Project Elite shoe gets the most of the P.R.O. models features, along with a more affordable $275 price point. It has a single BOA dial on top and a Velcro strap by the toes and is constructed with heavier and sturdier upper materials.


Launch Shorts

The Launch Shorts get some minor upgrades and tweaks with more subdued colors and patterns. They have a relaxed fit and long 15-inch inseam and utilize a durable and mid-weight stretch fabric that is water resistant. They feature a snap-front closure system with a zip fly, have two zippered hand pockets along with a small security one on the thigh and include a detachable liner with their 3D Tour Chamois.

They come in S-XXL sizes, and Black/Black, Eclipse Blue/Black, Avocado/Black colors, and retail for $135. Also, they now offered in a women’s specific version utilizing their Transfer fabric and had a 12-inch inseam, and come in Blue Steel Parquet, Poppy Red Parquet colors, XS-XXL sizes and retail for $135.


Summit Glove

The Summit also gets a minor update and redesign, and the lightweight multi-discipline glove offers dexterity and protection. It has Neoprene on the back of hand for impact protection and a conductive synthetic leather on index and thumb for interfacing with a touchscreen (phone and GPS). The palm utilizes Synthetic leather and has a heel reinforcement which is soft and durable. They feature a hook and loop closure system at the cuff for a perfect fit, have silicone coated fingertips for grip and have a soft wiping section by the thumb.

The gloves retail for $35, and the men’s comes in Smoked Pearl and Citron colors and S-XXL sizes, while the women’s comes in Smoked Pearl, Mist Green colors, and S-XL sizes.


Cargo Base

The new Cargo Base layer offers an extended back section which provides excellent lower coverage. Base layers always seem to creep upwards when bent over the bike holding onto the handlebars and this design will eliminate that annoying issue. The open mesh material offers excellent breathability and moisture transfer capabilities and it has three rear pockets on the back to hold gear.


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