Taking a cue from its top-end P. R. O. Leader Shoes, Pearl Izumi decided to carry many of its fit and design details over into a new shoe package, but at a more reasonable price point. The...
Taking a cue from its top-end P. R. O. Leader Shoes, Pearl Izumi decided to carry many of its fit and design details over into a new shoe package, but at a more reasonable price point. The result is the new Race RD III Women's Shoes, which rely on a sleek closure system, stiff composite sole, and Longitudinal Arch Support for a complete package that provides the all-day comfort and efficient power transfer you demand from your road shoes. The first thing you'll notice about the Race RD III shoes is the centered closure dial at the top of the tongue. Called the Bi-directional Closure, this system was incorporated for several reasons. First, the top-mount allows riders to dial in a more precise fit than an outer foot mount, as the wiring draws both sides of the uppers together with more uniform tension. Also, by placing the BOA dial directly on top of the padded tongue, with wiring running through the top of the shoes' uppers, it keeps the aesthetics clean, and reduces the chances of hardware becoming snagged or damaged in the event of a crash. A single hook-and-loop strap across the forefoot finishes off the closure, which aids in controlling the volume across the lower part of the foot. For the sole, Izumi incorporated its SELECT 1:1 nylon and composite Power Plate. This is a lightweight, stiff, and ultra-durable sole composition that incorporates both Izumi's Direct-Vent technology for maximum ventilation, as well as a concave shape for a super low 7mm stack height. Built-in arch support results from the concave design, which provides added comfort and a semi-custom fit throughout. Finishing details on the RD IIIs include Pearl Izumi's SELECT insoles, EVA foam tongues, as well as rubberized heel bumpers for added stability while walking. The Pearl Izumi Race RD III Shoes - Women's are available in whole and half sizes from 36 to 43 and in the colors Black/black and White/silver.