We review the latest version of Pearl Izumi’s top value Tri Fly shoe.

Pearl Izumi Women’s Tri Fly IV

Pearl Izumi Women’s Tri Fly IV

We’ve tried previous versions of the Tri Fly and been really impressed so had high hopes for this one. For T1 access, bike shoes don’t come much better than this. One improvement we really liked over the last version was the neatly designed Pearl Izumi logo notches on the strap, which hold the shoe wide open. Coupled with the long vent on the top of the shoe and massive heel tab, these are an absolute doddle to get into in a hurry. The open top and mesh upper means this is one of the most breathable shoes you can wear, and your feet stay pretty dry on hot days too, which is handy for pulling run shoes on straight afterwards. We also liked the padded inner, which makes them comfy on the bike and when tottering through transition, and non-slip reinforcements on the toe and heel. However, we did find them quite heavy and the uppers seem stiff and built-up compared with previous versions. On the ride, we liked the feeling of immediate contact with the pedals but the nylon soles aren’t quite as stiff as we’d like.

A good easy-on shoe with great ventilation but the sole could be stiffer.

Performance 4/5
Value 4/5
Overall 4/5

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