I love these shorts as they have very good compression and are very comfortable for long century rides on hot days. I initially bought one pair to try and about a month later bought another pair. These are my go to short for the summer.
The shorts are comfortable for a range of distances. 20 to 50 miles is my sweet spot for rides but I expect comfort to continue for up to centuries. Sizing is accurate, the large works well in the 180 to 200 pound range. Be aware, these are low-rise shorts with the waist line at the hips. I would have given five-stars if the waist was mid-rise.
In my opinion, these are the best cycling shorts currently on the market. They provide great cushioning although some may find the pad a tad big. They wick moisture better than any shorts Ive ever worn...and thats 40 years of riding. Theyre a snug fit and feel great on the legs. They wash up superbly and dry as soft as new. I have 3 pairs of these...and will buy more. That said, theyre pricy. But, if you can buy them on sale you will not be disappointed.
This is my second pair of these shorts, because I liked the first pair so much. They fit just right, you only feel them where you want to be sure you are wearing them if you know what I mean. Very comfortable. Enough padding to get a thin person through a century. Also reasonably priced especially in year-end clearances. Leg-grippers hold up my leg warmers better than other shorts.
The short material has a nice, quality feel. The padding is not what I expected. Looks more high tech than my 10-year old bike shorts. No chafe. Seams comfortable.
The color doesn't appear to be a true, deep black. More of a dark dark charcoal. Not really noticeable unless you are wearing a jersey with black. No big deal. Only you would likely notice, or care.
Sizing appears consistent with what I would have expected. I don't think there is a need for sizing updown.
The fit of these shorts is exceptional although some may find the pad a bit large a inflexible...that is until you begin riding. Its anatomical cut is great and, in my opinion, this is the best non-leather pad Perli has ever created. And, the pad dries quickly after washing. I already have two pair of these and will be getting a third so that I can get rid of and older pair of shorts and keep my wear rotation in place.
This is a good quality and comfortable short. I can ride comfortably for long distances in these shorts.
For me these shorts are true to size. With the Italian shorts (Castelli) I order 2 sizes larger. My ONLY complaint is for me the inseam is longer than I like. I work hard to develop my quads and it is a shame to cover them up!! These shorts come to about an inch above my knee cap.
These have been great shorts for longer rides. I use them on 100k & 200k rides and have found them to perform better than any other shorts. The leg grippers hold well and the waist doesn't seem to drop much, the chamois is also thick enough and doesn't shift or bunch. These have be come my shorts of choice now.
I love the new chamois in these shorts. I sweat pretty heavily and this new chamois did an excellent job of staying dry unlike some of the old liners. That said, they are just a bit thicker and may take a ride or two to get accustomed to it. I have five pair of shorts that I rotate and always look forward to the next time I get to use them. As to the price, I bought these shorts when they were on sale. I'm not sure if I'd feel the same if I had paid full price or even bought them.