Cross-country meets high-end with EliteII Mountain Biking shoes by Pearl Izumi...and Nashbar has them at a great price. Pearl's 1:1 fit system is designed to follow the natural contour of the foot in all areas of adjustment to ensure a superior fit. Elite II's sport unidirectional carbon soles for ultra light weight and race-level stiffness, and with a lined heel cup fitted with an external nylon power band coupled with Elite insoles, you'll have the comfort you expect in a MTB shoe, with the efficiency you don't normally experience on the trail--have fun leaving the competition in the mud.
Synthetic leather is durable, comfortable, and retains stiffness
ELITE 1:1 Power Plate: ELITE Grade Uni-Directional Carbon for ultra-light stiffness
1:1 Anatomic Buckle Closure
ELITE 1:1 Heel Cup: with synthetic leather lining and external Nylon Power Band for maximum heel hold and power transfer
ELITE Insole with dual density EVA for superior longitudinal and transverse arch support
Molded TPU Toe Cap and high traction Rubthane lug tips deliver off-road durability and traction