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This Just In: PEARL iZUMi X-Alp Launch SPD MTB Shoes

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This Just In: PEARL iZUMi X-Alp Launch SPD MTB Shoes

I must say, the latest footwear drop from PEARL iZUMi really grabbed my attention. Over the years, the brand has made a big push to constantly update and redesign their classic silhouettes and one shoe that recently got a facelift is their X-Alp Launch SPD shoes. Now with a BOA closure system and this beautiful kiyote tan color, I had to try a pair out. After a few rides on our local MTB trails, I think I got the gist and can talk a bit about them, so read on below for a quick and succinct “This Just In” review…

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Go With Less

PEARL iZUMi features a lifestyle of living lightly with its Crew members Dillon Caldwell and Nicole Pressprich who built up a cargo van to lessen their impact on the world around them. They travel around competing in gravel races and events throughout the Western United States. They have learned in the process of living in a limited space all of the things they don’t need, and only keeping the items of value to them.

Pearl Izumi’s BLVD Merino Vest

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Pearl Izumi’s BLVD Merino Vest

Pearl Izumi makes some of the most bomb-proof cycling outerwear. From thermal bibs to balaclavas, the brand knows how to keep you warm during the cold winter months. This year, they released the BLVD, a merino vest meant to keep your core warm.

-Thermal Merino wool/Nylon fabric for comfort, odor control and natural body temperature management.
-Made with 18.5-micron fine Merino for ultimate luxury.
-Recycled wool insulated front and back paneling for warmth.
-Zip-secure front hand pockets.
-Metalux center front zipper with semi-auto locking zipper head.
-Zip-secure back side pocket.
-BioViz® reflective elements for low-light visibility.

The BLVD is available in a forest green (pictured) or black and is in stock at Pearl Izumi for $190.

Lael Wilcox’s 2019 Silk Road Mountain Race Specialized Fuse Bikepacking Setup

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Lael Wilcox’s 2019 Silk Road Mountain Race Specialized Fuse Bikepacking Setup

With the 2019 Silk Road Mountain Race beginning tomorrow, we thought we’d give a break-down for what Lael Wilcox will be carrying on her bike for the duration of the event. Lael is hoping to finish the 1700 kilometer course with 27,000m elevation in 7-9 days. In order to do that, she has her setup dialed. Check out the full list below for those curious as to what an ultra-endurance racer carries on their bike.