Needed something reliable with no flashy graphics that went with all my team kit and other jerseys. These bibs are so supple- laser cut edges are kinda rad- they disappear on me. Chamois is a bit sparse but still solid.
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!
I like the style of the shorts. I use them for Mountain biking and I like them because they are no too long (Just above the knees). They have 2 design defects that Pearl Izumi should take note to fix them: 1) the outer shell and the inner chamois linner are not detachable, which I hate as they can not be wash separately. I finally end cutting out the straps that kept attached the outer shell with the chamois.
2) lack of elasticity in the waistband. It can be adjusted with internal velcro straps, but I don't like this system because that puts an unattractive "pucker" in the outer waistband