Thanks to a first-ever carbon sole plate and molded rubber tips, the Pearl Izumi X Project 1.0 mountain-biking shoe walks as well as it rides. Riders on difficult trails don’t need to click around uncomfortably as they get off their bike to maneuver around obstacles. It took more than two years to develop and is as durable and efficient as a standard stiff-soled shoe yet has the off-bike capability of a cross-trainer. [$280; pearlizumi.com]
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