I'm a 57 yr old enthusiast and ride about 160 miles a week average including 60 mile Texas hill country weekend rides. The thick chamois is super comfy. Assos standard cut is a bit short, so opted for the longer leg for extra coverage in the hard TX sun. Well-ventilated and slightly compressive. Great pricing from Western made this a no brainer!
I purchased the long version and it ends just above the knee. I like the longer length. The compression is very good. The chamois is indeed thicker, 'plusher' as Assos says. You definitely notice it when you put it on. I had my doubts it might be too much, but after a 60+ mile ride through the hill country it did its thing, i.e. disappeared and no trouble during or after the ride. Simply a quality piece of gear, and the gold accent is nice. 5' 9" 172 lbs, age 60+ and medium fits well. I went ahead and ordered the Equipe RSR S9 Targa as well.
Finally, Assos has come out with a bib short for a tall, thin guy, like me. I had gotten the impression that Swiss riders must all be short stocky guys with large quads, based on previous Assos bibs I've tried. I was anxious to try these as soon as I saw they were being offered in a long length, but I've been disappointed with expensive shorts before, so I did not want to lay out the $xxx list price for these. Even though the WesternBike sale price I got them for was still up there ($xxx.xx), if they hold up, it will have been worth it. These shorts certainly have the thickest pad I have had on any shorts, but I guess the designers did substantial testing before incoporating it in these bibs. I have had no issues with chafing, and find the extra padding very comfortable. I am 6'2" 170lbs, 34" waist. Either a large or med fits, but I prefer the compression of the medium, and previous Assos large have gotten looser with use, especially around the leg opening. The straps are a little tighter in the medium when I stand up, but not terribly so, and not noticeable in riding position.
The first time I wore these bike shorts was on a 12 hour spin for charity. I took a 10 minute break every 3 hours and these shorts were perfect! I even forgot to use any anti-chafe cream and had zero chafing. I'm ordering a couple more pair for RAAM!
I'm 170# and 5'9" the medium size was perfect. After 2 rides at 100+ miles I'm very pleased. Nice compression and no saddle problems or pain. The best of my now 4 Assos cycling shorts.
These are very comfortable. Easily the best bibs I have ever owned. I wish I had these when I completed my cross country trip a few years ago. Yes, they are quite expensive, but hold out for a sale and save a few bucks.