I actually really like these shorts once I have them on. It's getting them on that's a challenge. I use a liner short to extend the days I can wear a pair of shorts and with the snug fit it's an effort to get the legs of the liner shorts straightened out inside these shorts. Once on, they have plenty of padding and support for longer rides. Out on a ride I have absolutely no complaints. Because I ordered online I wasn't able to try them on first or I may have gone up from a medium to a large. Hard to say for sure without trying the large on.
Just wanted to compliment you on your new Pearl Izumi PRO shorts. I recently purchased a couple of pairs and was out riding one of my regular routes. A Great Pyrenes dog, that usually is contained by a fence, was out of his yard and attacked me out on the road. I was able to get stopped and unclipped, but I was not able to avoid him when he chomped down on my left thigh ï¿½ right through my brand new PRO shorts. Even though I had several puncture wounds in my thigh, the shorts were unharmed. After washing the dried blood out of them, they look like new ï¿½ no holes or teeth marks. I find that amazing. Not only do the shorts feel great in all respects, they can survive the teeth of an 80+ pound dog!
These shorts are a step above the Attack Shorts by Pearl Izumi. Maybe 2 or 3 steps above. A very snug and supportive fit. My usual rides are 60-70 plus miles, 3x or more a week. These shorts hold up and do not get mushy over the ride or after numerous washings. (Just so you know, I either hand wash or use Delicate Cycle and hang dry my cycling clothing). These are extremely comfortable shorts. Many other products from other manufacturers do not fit me. I am a former baseball player, short legged, and muscular. I am not built like a cyclist. It's tough to find clothing that fits. I suggest trying on clothing before purchasing. Pearl Izumi is the only manufacturer whose clothing product I purchase.
Easily the most comfortable short I've ever worn, especially on longer rides. Very high quality material. More expensive than many other shorts but absolutely worth the extra money.
among the different shorts that I have tried (Castelli, Pearl Izumi and Seqoi), these happen to work best for me; how well they fit, how well they stay in place while riding, and how comfortable as a result. I rated below 5 stars for value only due to their list price - when there's a good sale price for them, they are 5 stars for value as well
I have completed 5 long distance cross country cycle trips and butt pain was always a major issue. I just completed a 850 mile ride using these shorts with no butt issues. I was reluctant to spend the money but I have a whole drawer full of shorts that dont do the job. I combined these shorts with assos chamois cream and no issues. The material is very different and so is the waist band (or lack of it). I like these a lot!
Good cycling shorts are one of those things that lots of riders try to save on. Bad decision. If you are more than the most casual rider, really good shorts are a worthwhile expense. I ride 3000 miles a year and have been relatively happy with the less expensive Pearl Izumi options. I decided to treat myself to this PRO version and, wow, what a difference. Better designed and really comfortable. No chafing and even on longer rides where usually everything starts to hurt at a certain point these shorts are great. Highly recommended!! Your butt will thank you.
I bicycle 8,000 miles a year. Making my shorts work extremely hard! Especially since I weigh 220 pounds. Pearl Izumi stays true to their product warranty. Due to their unraveling of seams, Pearl Izumi has replaced 4 pairs of their Pro Shorts over the years. These shorts had thousands of rider miles in them.
I have been riding Pearl Izumi for many years and have always like the products. I want to see what a top of the short was like, so, I purchased the PRO short. I shorts ripped on the first ride right along the seam. The material seems lighter weight than most shorts. In the back is cut awfully low. I kind of felt like I was the plumber out there.