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voler shorts wearers, your sizing advice, please(9 posts)

voler shorts wearers, your sizing advice, pleaseJs Haiku Shop
Oct 10, 2001 12:52 PM
i'm currently alternating a few pairs of nashbar elite shorts bought on sale last summer. they're size xxl, which i think was 44-46 waist. at that time i was a 40" waist. the shorts come way up past my waistline and nearly fully to my knees.

they're heading for that great lycra hunting ground in the sky, and i'm in the market. i now have a 36-38" waist, am 6'2" and weigh in at 190-195. not sure which to purchase.

voler's website says:

X Large 38-41 190-220 6' 1" to 6' 5" 42-44
XX Large 42-45 220-250 6' 3" and up 44-46

easy enough, but i'm a little concerned about the height of the shorts versus waistline and the length verus knee. called voler and they suggested XL. they also asked a guy shopping that had tried both, he said the XL fits him fine and the XXL fits except for a little looseness around his "chicken leg" thighs.

figure the obvious choice is XL, but you might be able to save me a return and time waiting for USPS. any help would be appreciated.
grab the xlmadstork
Oct 10, 2001 1:16 PM
That's what I use at 6'4", 190. My waist hovers at 35. The legs are long enough for me, but wish they were another 1" closer to knee, but that's no big deal to me. Just get more tan in summer, use knee warmers in fall. Since I'm taller by a bit, these may be long enough if you like 'em long.

Oops, I see that you are talking about shorts, not bibs. I use bibs only, so can't comment on the height of the waist. My bibs are fine for my height, allowing for a comfortably snug fit in the seat area without binding or bunching.

I think the Volers are a good value. I've used Giordana and Canari bibs before, and I like the Volers best.
Ditto on the XL, plus ...Elefantino
Oct 10, 2001 2:58 PM
if they don't fit, you can return them and they'll pay shipping both ways. A great company. The only place I could find that would sell inexpensive, good quality red bib shorts. (Don't ask)
they run a tad biglonefrontranger
Oct 10, 2001 3:45 PM
Hi JH, good to see your smiling sig line!

Have had Voler as team kit numerous times, and I can tell you they run a tad large. I'm a Women's Medium in a lot of other mfgrs., but with Voler, until they started making women's bib shorts, their bibs always looked more like knickers on me, even the XS. Probably has to do with the fact that they are an American mfgr., not Italian or otherwise Euro. (Castelli stuff runs really small, IMO).

Watch out for the cut. Voler has recently gone to "Club" cuts for some of their wear, and this is a polite way of saying that this stuff is for the, shall we say calorically challenged. Stick with what they term "Euro" cut, unless you want MTB-style baggy gear.
When I asked them about sizing, the woman on the linebill
Oct 10, 2001 5:54 PM
asked me my waistline. I told her, and she sort of hesitated a minute (nothing incredible about my waist, I'm about a 35 -- must have been the way that I said it), and then she asked me, all right, are you really that waist NOW, or are you that size twenty years ago in High School and you just still say it? I about fell on the floor laughing. I think she was on to me.
BTW, with a 34-35 waist, large is right on. Womens' sizes may run large, but I wear the same size Assos and PI and Performance and whatever else I have (now, Louis Garneau runs small).
6'1, medium is at a respectable thigh height.Alex-in-Evanston
Oct 10, 2001 6:30 PM
I was worried medium would ride too high at my height, but it sits at a very modest two inches or so above the knee.

Point being, you probably don't have to worry about verticality, go with waste size.

re: voler shorts wearers, your sizing advice, pleaseLLSmith
Oct 11, 2001 2:11 AM
Never had their shorts, but in bibs you sound like an xl would work well.Their shorts/bibs seem to run closer to a true size,maybe a little on the long side. Real comfortable for longer rides.They seem to be real nice people and really want to please their customers.
thanks, all--XL it is. your help is appreciated!...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 11, 2001 4:42 AM
this is not only to replace old shorts, but also an attempt to go 1/2way between here and in-the-saddle comfort >80 miles. i'm fine 'til then, and a pincushion after. d'oh!

step 1: voler
step 2: brooks (worth a try)
step 3: request morphene at SAG / in PSV

as always, the cross-section of folks on this board and their (your) experiences are most valuable and very much appreciated!

Go XLpmf1
Oct 11, 2001 6:17 AM
You don't want them too big. I'm 5'9'' and wear the medium. I'm right in between the medium and large on their chart.

The great thing about them is they come with a pre-paid postage envelope. If they don't fit, stuff them in the envelope with the reciept and drop it in a mailbox. I don't know any other mail order company that makes it so easy. They're great shorts, especially for the money.