New Pearl Izumi X Project Shoes get a proper pounding

It’s no secret that Pearl Izumi’s much-anticipated “X Project” mountain-bike shoes are just months away from hitting the market, but few people outside of the company have put the actual production models to the test. The folks over at Bike magazine got their chance a few days ago, when Pearl Izumi brought several journalists from all over the country to Laguna Beach, California, to see how the shoes would perform on the steep, technical trails that are almost as notorious for mandatory hike-a-bikes as they are for sheer gnar. To see what Bike magazine thought about the shoes, click here.

Photo courtesy Bike magazine, Anthony Smith