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New Pearl Izumi Vaper Road Shoes(4 posts)

New Pearl Izumi Vaper Road Shoesbollard
Mar 22, 2002 3:46 AM
Hi Has anyone got any opinions of these shoes thanks
re: New Pearl Izumi Vaper Road ShoesSherpa23
Mar 22, 2002 7:47 AM
I have 3500 miles on one pair and they are awesome. I got them in mid january and rode 2k miles in them in Colorado slush and wetness and they felt okay in the cold, and then on Feb 13 I left for warm climes to race and they worked really well in the hot weather, with very good ventilation and good comfort on 8+ hour climbing rides, several of which were in monsoon weather. They are nice and stiff for sprinting (won 2 pro field sprints)and they held up in a bad crash with very, very light scuffing. After all that they have been through, they look like they have been used minimally. I usually switch shoes at least once in season but I had expected these to last the whole way. I am now out of action for 3-4 months (broken pelvis from said crash) so it looks like these shoes will not get a full 18-20 k mile season that I expected them to. I have never had a pair of shoes that I felt were so durable. I can't recommend them enough.
re: New Pearl Izumi Vaper Road ShoesAbol98
Mar 22, 2002 8:11 AM
I didn't get past the point of trying them on. I have rather narrow A/B-width feet, size 9, and I found that when I pulled the velcro closures tight, there was a lot of strap left sticking out on the side. I prefer Sidi's energy buckle system, no straps to get worn or stick out. Just my 'narrow' point of view.
re: New Pearl Izumi Vaper Road ShoesAFred
Mar 22, 2002 2:28 PM
I recently purchased the cheaper Vortex with the poly I-beam sole, and they are so comfortable and light that I am seriously considering upgrading to the Vapor during the season. I have long, narrow feet and the straps work fine for me. I find it much easier to trim a strap than to mess with/replace buckles and cams and knobs on my shoes. This pair seems real tough compared to my Diadoras and Sidis.