Pearl Izumi Vortex Shoes

4.38/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $110.00

Product Description

Nylon I-Beam design for light weight and stiffness. Ratchet closure for power transfer and fit. Breathable mesh and synthetic leather upper for lightweight comfort and durability. Reflective heel and toe piece for increased visibility. Compatible with

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by pdainsworth a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2004

Strengths:    Comfy, WIDE, stiff.

Weaknesses:    A little cool in cooler weather. Not a huge fan of the blue color on the shoes.

Bottom Line:   
Well... I searched for a while to find an alternative to the Sidi Genius 4 Megas. I have wide feet and found that the Pearl shoes fit almost identically to the Sidi shoes. The shoe is light, though not as light as the Sidi. It is plenty stiff, comfy, and seems to be well made. The shoes are very well ventilated. The ratchet system works about like the system on the Sidi. So... I guess what I am trying to say is that these are a lot like the Sidis, but $100 less. Good value.

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Favorite Ride:   For now... flat and hard

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Sidi, Diadora, Lake shoes.

Bike Setup:   Easton ultralite, Kinesis carbon fork, Ritchey wheels, Ultegra.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ringroadwarrior a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2004

Strengths:    Comfortable,Stiff.Very good ventilation

Weaknesses:    When riding in cold toes to get a little nippy.

Bottom Line:   
Very nice shoe.Fits great plenty stiff.Very good ventilation.Comfy even when spending long hours in the saddle. All in all a very good shoe!!

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Favorite Ride:   Anything long and with a group

Purchased At:   Christmas gift

Similar Products Used:   Sidi,Diadora

Bike Setup:   SPecialized Allez. Full Campy.Speedplay pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ed Moser a Commuter

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2004

Strengths:    Stiff, durable, comfortable, well ventilated, different style than most

Weaknesses:    Cold in the winter, might be too wide for people with narrow feet.

Bottom Line:   
I bought these shoes because Sidis seemed so cliche. I have been impressed with their rigidity -- even after 1,500 miles -- and their ventilation. The narrow sole beam caused the rubber stops on my shimano Ultegra cleats to bend, but they aren't too necessary anyway. I recommend these shoes but I can refute the other reviewer's claim that your toes will stay warm in 45 degree weather; the shoes have good ventilation and you toes will go numb when it's that cold.

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Favorite Ride:   mt. tam

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   lombardis sports

Similar Products Used:   Specialized, Sidi

Bike Setup:   Bianchi Eros w/ Ultegra pedals

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mitch a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2004

Strengths:    fit great!

Weaknesses:    They only work when you are not pedaling!

Bottom Line:   
While these shoes fit great and are plenty stiff they are not compatable with my Look pedals. The right shoe on my pair would rub up against the crankarm no matter how far over I slid the cleat. This clearly was a manufacturing error and makes me wonder about the Pearl Izumi quality control. Of course now there are no clearence shoes available that are not defects at the same price. On to another manufacturer!

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Favorite Ride:   Whichever one I'm on

Price Paid:    $39.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Sidi, shimano etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by arnbets a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2003

Strengths:    These shoes fit my wide feet like a glove. Stiff, yet lightweight. The three loop closure allows me to customize the tightening. Little flex. Vented, yet kept my toes warm on a 45 degree ride with no booties

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
Bought these a training shoes for summer/fall.

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Favorite Ride:   Any hills

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Bike Setup:   Bianchi Campione, stock.

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