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Have you ever worn out your Pearl Izumi shorts?(8 posts)

Have you ever worn out your Pearl Izumi shorts?Maui
Apr 8, 2001 6:55 PM
I've been wearing the same Pearl Izumi shorts for 3 years. Unfortunately, they ripped today. Is this a good life for these shorts? I ride about 2000 miles per year, including about 700 in the dirt/mud.

Are there any better shorts than Pearl Ultra Sensor?
re: Have you ever worn out your Pearl Izumi shorts?Skip
Apr 8, 2001 7:28 PM
Yes, IMHO, there are better shorts. I much prefer the Castelli shorts. I have two brand new, recently purchased, pair (well, one pair was worn twice) of PI Ultrasensors, that I never use.

The Castelli just move better, and feel nicer to me than any others I've tried. (Want to buy my PI's)?
re: Have you ever worn out your Pearl Izumi shorts?jacu
Apr 9, 2001 5:59 AM
I've read this before ... Pearl shorts aren't that great and castelli/assos/whatever are much better. Maybe I'm oblivious, but shorts are shorts to me. Can't tell much of a difference.

I've got bibs from Giordana, Bellwether, Pearl, and Lemond; and shorts from Pearl, Castelli, Descente, and Tomasso. they all seem about the same when i'm riding (except I do prefer bibs). I honestly can't tell much of a difference between the fancy Castellis that cost a hundred bucks and the Pearls that cost $50.

I dunno .. it's probably me.

Oh ... how long do shorts last. I'd say you got pretty good mileage out of your Pearls. I usually get about 2-3 years out of mine. But, I wash mine in the machine after every ride. Shortens the life, I know, but I'm a big fan of convenience over economy!

re: Have you ever worn out your Pearl Izumi shorts?Gary
Apr 9, 2001 9:50 AM
I wash mine too...more of a matter of preventing saddle sores (boils) though. Though I've heard that drying the shorts in the dryer is what really ages the real leather chamois. My PI's Ultrasensors are over two years now. But then I have 4 different shorts I rotate through. I always reach for the PIs when I know I need my most comfortable short. Offhand, I kinda think it's like a bike saddle...go with what works for you. I found a big difference in the PI's Ultrasensor for me.

As far as wear goes...I wouldn't worry about putting a timeframe on it. Evaluate them based upon the short material, and probably more significantly the padding. I have a pair of real leather chamois shorts which were nice when new, but after repeated washings, they're kinda crinkled up in the pad area...which makes 'em less comfortable.
3 years, that's a lot of time for a pair of shortsclimbo
Apr 9, 2001 5:14 AM
I like the PI's but for the price, Voler are the best value and just as good. Castelli I find are too thin in the material and not good for MTB'ing. Also, they have a long inseam (9") which I don't like either, they come down to my knees almost.
Apr 9, 2001 6:40 AM
I agree with Climbo, Voler shorts/bibs are the best buy in cycling clothing. I have been riding them for years. I started using them when I was on a team sponserd by Voler and since I didn't have to pay for them and got new ones when the origanal issues wore out I had no cumpusion to make them last. I wore them, machine washed them and machine dryed them. They did not suffer a premature death from this abuse. I now have to buy my own shorts (that sucks) and I buy only Voler bibs and continue to machine wash and dry them.
re: Have you ever worn out your Pearl Izumi shorts?messenger69
Apr 9, 2001 10:08 AM
I think I have you all beat. I was a bike messenger for about 8 years. I bought a pair of PI's in 1993. I still rotate the pair through my collection today. I was looking at them the other day and realized they are getting a little see-through. I may have to retire them soon. I will probably ceromoniously burn them. They have saved my ass literally.

I throw my shorts in with my dark clothes, never use a dryer with them. But usually I wash them by hand and let them drip dry in the shower.

I will use PI's forever because of the success I have had with their product.

Pretty crazy eh.
No problem with PI, but listen to thisTypeOne
Apr 9, 2001 11:37 AM
Yeah, I toss 'em in the washer and line-dry them with no problems. My PI ultrasensors are going strong after 2 years. Someone bought me a pair of Cannondale shorts and knickers, however, and they are the worst!
The shorts wore through after 8 months and not on a contact point, just halfway up to my back. What gives? The knickers are by far the most uncomfortable cycling apparel I own. The chamois feels like sitting on burlap. The stitching on the back actually rubbed the back of my knees raw and drew blood on a long ride. Thank goodness I found some Castelli knickers.
So, problems with Pearl Izumi, but if my experience is indicative of Cannondale's clothing quality, it sucks.