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What's your favorite road bike shorts?(19 posts)

What's your favorite road bike shorts?dasho
Jun 17, 2002 5:32 PM
I'm in need of some new cycling shorts and would like to see if there is a clear favorite as far as comfort (not scratchy, nice chamois, etc.), and durability is concerned. I have had some Pearl Izumi Ultra-Sensors for a couple of years and they have been decent but want to know if you can get much better than that regardless of the price.
Assos -- nmms
Jun 17, 2002 5:34 PM
Canari is pretty goodweiwentg
Jun 17, 2002 6:03 PM
but I only have a few rides on those shorts. the padding seems pretty darn good. I got a pair of Voler bibs for a steal on eBay - no one bids on XS bibs :) - and while the chamois is thin, it's pretty comfortable. I haven't tried Pearl Izumi, athough I would sincerely like to, due to budget issues.
that said, I have a pair of Performance tights and a pair of Performance shorts. the chamois on the tights is actually pretty comfortable. nothing I'd do a double century on, but one century, probably. the shorts were pretty bad. I wore them on the road 6 weeks post operation, when my ass had been de-conditioned, so perhaps it was not a fair test. but did my butt ever hurt after that...
Jun 17, 2002 6:56 PM
Great bib shorts for a great price.
Jun 17, 2002 7:45 PM
The Santini bibshorts at $40 from are a great deal. After going with more expensive bibshorts (Assos Prosline and Castelli Progetto), I keep coming back to the Santinis. In addition to being inexpensive, they're very comfortable and wear as well as anything out there. I'd much rather buy four pairs of Santini than one pair of Assos at the same price.
Jun 17, 2002 7:11 PM
Actually, I think a variety works best. Each short has different pressure points and rubs you differently. A variety give some parts a rest.

If I had to choose one, I'd go with Assos, probably. The pad in the Performance skinsuit is really comfy, though.

Nalini or Biemme.look271
Jun 17, 2002 7:21 PM
My fave bibs are my 2 pr of Nalini's (cheap @ or ). My Biemme shorts are good, too. Can't remember where I got them, though!
Performance Elite Bibs/ShortsGeekRoadie
Jun 17, 2002 9:53 PM
Even if they were more expensive they would still be a great deal. The chamois seems similar to the ones used in the Voler's. The bibs are put together nicely and hold up to machine washings very well.

The only negative I suppose...Very low score on the snob scale but who cares if they work!

Love the shorts, hate the strapsAlex-in-Evanston
Jun 18, 2002 7:08 AM
Material is great, pad is great, straps are terrible. After a few months the straps have lost their elasticity and are binding/chafing my shoulders.

Too bad.

Voler is my favorite (nm)Trent in WA
Jun 17, 2002 10:09 PM
recent purchasezooog
Jun 18, 2002 2:10 AM
Just recently bought 2 pair of voler shorts. Love them. had always usd PI.
Voler for the budget minded...biknben
Jun 18, 2002 4:45 AM
I started using Voler stuff after hearing about it here. $55 or less for shorts, knickers, and jerseys that fit well and don't give me any problems.

They've got a nice variety of styles and colors. Their return policy is great although I've never had use it. The fitting info on their site was right on.

I bought some stuff over the winter at discount just to try it out. I was surprised that I got so much for so little money. I bought more and now ride only Voler shorts.
DeMarchi soft gel. (nm)Sintesi
Jun 18, 2002 6:14 AM
Mens Volers or Hinds WomensKristin
Jun 18, 2002 6:24 AM
I don't like the chamois in the Voler womens shorts at all. But the mens shorts are great. I think I like the fabric that Hind uses in their shorts better than anything else...but the shorts cost $70!!

No bibs! Just a womens perspective. I will never buy bibs again.
Had a good chance to compare on the AIDSRide among my favoritesbill
Jun 18, 2002 6:57 AM
Assos Bibshorts -- clear winner. Worn on the second day, the longest, toughest, and rainiest. No discomfort, nothing. Just riding my bike. Exceptional.
Performance Elite (w/new chamois). Worn on the last day. Very comfortable. It was a short day, but still. Had chafed the day before (see below); then, no problems with the Performance shorts..
Voler. Worn on 1st and 3rd days (different shorts, thank you very much). Disappointing. As comfortable as these have been on shorter rides, they chafed a bit on the longer hauls.
We got a little rain to a lot of rain on every day except the last.
All were bibshorts. All with Assos chamois creme (I guess you either love the slight mentholation or hate it).
Performance Centurybrider
Jun 18, 2002 7:22 AM
My faves. And they're fairly cheap. I've tried Pearl Izumi Ultrasensor and Lois Gerneau, and I don't care for the material (and Pearl's pad isn't to my liking). Hinds just plain suck, IMHO. Never tried Canari or Assos (could never justify over $100 for shorts).
Shebeest. nmrideslikeagirl
Jun 18, 2002 7:46 AM
#1A Voler bibs; #1B Santini bibs. (nm)RhodyRider
Jun 18, 2002 11:05 AM
Jun 19, 2002 12:03 AM
very good chamois /I mean 400mi ride good/, good stitching and ok material /show wear after ~5,000mi/ Price? 35$