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performance century shorts? good or bad? (on a budget)(17 posts)

performance century shorts? good or bad? (on a budget)Haiku d'état
Jul 9, 2001 7:18 AM
i've been riding the nashbar "elite" 6-panel shorts for about a year, rotating three pairs. one is starting to wear at the elastic gripper on the leg, and i need a couple more pairs anyhow. the nashbar shorts are fine, except i have suffered a bit along the outside edges of the chamois. not sure if it's the wider saddle/nashbar shorts combo, or just a boost in mileage this spring/summer.

performance has a good price on the century shorts (2 pair=$60), and they're 8-panel. here's the description:

"The Performance Century Short now features the same anatomically molded, one-piece antibacterial chamois that was previously in our Elite Short. This new chamois provides the same seamless, non-chafing comfort that pro riders have been experiencing for years. Features of our ever-popular Century Short that do not change: Supportive, durable 8.5 oz. heavyweight nylon/LYCRA®, great fitting eight-panel construction, adjustable flatbraided drawcord waist, gripper elastic leg openings that prevent riding up, and durable double-needle overlock stitched seams that prevent blow-outs."

thanks, all!
re: performance century shorts? good or bad? (on a budget)Mel Erickson
Jul 9, 2001 8:05 AM
I've ridden in Performance shorts for several years. Right now I have an older pair of Century shorts and two newer pairs of Elite bibs. I like the Elites much better. The fabric is denser and more durable. They've held up to washing better. They seeme generally more comfortable (I prefer bibs over regular shorts) The chamois fits me better. I really notice the difference when I wear the older Centurys then the Elites. Even on a budget I wouldn't skimp on shorts but I'm a frugal guy too. The Elites fit the bill for me. I've heard and read good things about the Voler shorts too. They're reasonably priced. www.voler.com
You get what you pay for.MrCelloBoy
Jul 9, 2001 9:05 AM
This has been my experience. I've bought a number of various Performance shorts the last few years, because they're so darn cheap on sale! I've been generally happy with them for the money. During the same time I've had a pair of Pearl Izumi Ultrasensor shorts that have outlasted several generations of the less expensive ones.
I think the function and fit of the Performance Century shorts is fine for me, they're just thinner, lighter and don't last as long.
get the perf elitesColnagoFE
Jul 9, 2001 9:17 AM
forget about the century or lower IMHO...the elite bibs are especially nice for the $...or they used to be anyway.
Second the Performance ElitesDCW
Jul 10, 2001 6:09 AM
A vast improvement over the Century shorts and superior to any other shorts I have tried (all under $60/pr.). The pad is well designed, well made and comfortable. The short material is a bit heavier than the average lycra short. My first pair probably has 1500 miles on it with no discernible wear. My second pair seems slightly smaller, with a shorter leg length. It has about 1000 miles on it. Performance often sells them on special, either singly or in twos.
re: performance century shorts? good or bad? (on a budget)merlin2
Jul 9, 2001 9:25 AM
I used to wear the Performance century shorts but my last three pair had the stitching come apart on the chamois within about 2 months. Not a good deal if they don't last longer than that. I have since bought several pair from longscycles on the web and have been very satisfied with both price and quality. I have also found customer service from Performance to be declining. I ordered a new helmet and they sent me the wrong size and color not once but twice. That will be my last order from them regardless of how tempting the price. I don't need the frustration.
Performance nightmaresteeveo
Jul 9, 2001 12:18 PM
You're right about the horrendous decline in Performance's customer service.

Without boring you with unseemly details, after a solid month of trying in vain to get Performance to send me a jersey I'd ordered -- they mailed it TWICE to a non-existent address, even though their catalogues manage to find me with amazing regularity -- I too am fed up.

Their customer service gal -- who's name is P**** -- bungled the whole thing so badly I shudder at the thought of ever having to deal with them again. P****'s supervisor just sort of shrugged when I complained, and the company prez never even answered my email. I never got my jersey either. Caveat emptor when dealing with Performance.
bought 4, lasted less than a yearScottH
Jul 9, 2001 9:28 AM
I bought 4 pairs of the century gel, 8 panel shorts last year. The front seam split on all four pairs. The gel on two pair got mushed around to one side so I had to toss them. I used to have great luck with the Performance shorts of a couple years ago though. They must have switched manufacturers. I've since switched to bib shorts with a normal chamois. I had no idea that shorts could be that much better.
consensus so far seems to be performance elite or Voler, so...Haiku d'état
Jul 9, 2001 9:40 AM
i've done some searching through past posts and in accordance with mel's comments (thanks!), voler seems to also be a favorite.

2 pairs performance elite = $90
2 pairs voler = $90

has anyone used both?
re: performance century shorts? good or bad? (on a budget)Broom Wagon
Jul 9, 2001 2:18 PM
I have a pair of the Century bibs from last season. It's the same chamois as that used in this year's model. I find the Pearl Izumi bibs that I also got from Performance to be much more comfortable. The lycra fits slightly snugger and provides for a much more conforming fit--at least in my case. I find the chamois in the Century bibs to be a lot less comfortable than the PIs--could be partially due to the lycra fitting slightly looser. I've relegated the Century bibs to indoor training usage.
re: on a budgetJohnnyA
Jul 9, 2001 4:45 PM
If you've been using the Nashbar's and like them and you are on a budget - you'll probably find the Performance shorts to be comparable.

I have a couple of pairs of the old century shorts and they are fine for me. Also bought two pairs of the Elites this year on sale. I like them better than the century, but they aren't far superior.

The higher end PI stuff is definetely nice, but if budget is a concern go with the performance stuff.
re: performance century shorts? good or bad? (on a budget)12x23
Jul 9, 2001 5:02 PM
I don't have any experience with the century shorts. The Elite bibs are excellent for the money.
re: performance century shorts? good or bad? (on a budget)Lone Gunman
Jul 9, 2001 7:18 PM
JH,
Have you tried or looked at Santini or Nalini? I have the same gripe as other posters about century gel shorts from Performance. The gel is sliding rearward and forms in the cutout of my seat. Feels like I need the diaper changed. I bought Santini, Nalini pro uniform bibs @ $45 and Voler bibknickers. All good shorts, can't justify buying Castelli or Assos. Thicker is NOT better. I think www.bestbike.com has the Santini and Nalini in all blacks and team stuff, Voler got colors. Invest in chamois butter, goooood stuuffffff....
LG
the bestbike.com site refers to a page that says they're defunctHaiku d'état
Jul 10, 2001 7:37 AM
?? are they gone ??
Try this URL:Craig Young
Jul 10, 2001 2:52 PM
You got the wrong company. It's actually:

http://www.bestbikesinc.com/bibsshorts.html

The Santini CX bibs are really nice, great pad. I own a pair of Nalinis that are comfortable as well, but a much thinner pad. I also recommend the Voler Team bibs with the Cantara pad. If you don't want to spend the money for the Assos or Castelli, these three are all good choices.
thanks, got it! NMHaiku d'état
Jul 11, 2001 7:10 AM
Ixnay on the GelJohnnyA
Jul 10, 2001 8:06 AM
Shudder, stay away from the performance gel shorts (Do they even make those anymore?) The diaper analogy is correct.