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These shorts aren't made for me......(15 posts)

These shorts aren't made for me......coperam
Aug 5, 2003 6:42 PM
Hi,
After much research and debate, I decided to buy a pair of Pearl Izumi microsensor shorts. This has turned out to be a big mistake. They chafe me something terrible. If you've tried these shorts and didn't like them, what shorts are you using now? What shorts would you recommend? I am about 6' and 155lbs.
I am going to send these back.
FWIWfiltersweep
Aug 5, 2003 7:04 PM
I've hated every pair of high end bibs the first day wearing them- but they always grow on me... first of all, are you wearing the right size? PI has some strange sizing, IMHO. I wear bibs, and according to their size chart I'd be a medium (I'm the same height as you and a few lbs heavier)- well, I could barely stand up in them. At any rate, they are sort of between a US and euro size- so their large is larger than a euro large (which is usually the perfect fit for me). If you end up with large for the height, but they are too loose, you'll have problems.

The top of the line Castellis are nice, but expensive- and they run a bit smallish. The Santinis with the new pad are good bang for the buck (about HALF the price of PI or Castellis- but they do NOT have flat seams- so after a long ride, the panel stitching is imprinted onto my body.
FWIWcoperam
Aug 5, 2003 7:13 PM
Thanks for the reply. The flat seems was a big selling point for me. That I why I chose the PI. I think they fit me fine. I bought a size medium. I've worn them now for over a week and they seem to be getting worse. I've even lubed them up. Maybe I should look into the Castellis?
Which shop...divve
Aug 5, 2003 7:37 PM
...allows for returns on lubed up pants worn for week?
Become a member @ REIkjr39
Aug 5, 2003 7:47 PM
And you can return stuff no matter what...
Become a member @ REIDrone 5200
Aug 5, 2003 9:27 PM
yup. The other day I was in line to make a return. Teh woman in front of me had some worn out hiking boots that were several years old. She had her receipt. I was surprised when she explained how old (and obviouly used) they were and asked to return them. She said they weren't holding up as expected and presented her receipt. The clerk processed the return no questions asked. When it was my turn I asked the clerk about it. She reiterated the policy that you can return anything, anytime, if you are dissatisfied, no questions asked. The said she had seen worse. Dang!
Become a member @ REIkjr39
Aug 6, 2003 4:43 AM
They have a members sale once a year of the stuff that they get from all of those returns. You would not believe the crap that some people return. Things that were obviously broke from their own accord and decided to return anyway. Skis seemed to be the thing here, lots of skis that looked like they had a single season in them.

You don't need your receipt either. Being a member, they track what you buy so that you can get dividends at the end of the year. (Yes, they send you a portion of what you spend at the store back to you at the end of the year.)
You are wearing the wrong size . . .ms
Aug 6, 2003 5:49 AM
I am 5'11" and 160 pounds. I think that my large PI bibs are a little too short. Given your extra inch in height and that you are wearing a medium, I think that one cause of your problem is that you are too tall for the bibs you are wearing (you probably are squeezing your bottom parts to death). Now, my large bibs are a little too loose in the legs. I no longer but PI bibs becasue of the sizing problems. I have tried Castelli and Assos bibs as well. The Assos large is a perfect fit for me. I hate spending the extra $$$, but given how they fit me, their durability and comfort, they are worth it. I think that bibs, at least for people over 5'10", are a lot like saddles -- you just have to keep trying until you find one that is just right for your size and shape.
What kind of problem?CritLover
Aug 5, 2003 8:54 PM
Please note- If it is any kind of male oriented problem, skip this post, as many women are completely baffled by how "the boys" survive in spandex.

My experience has been that discomfort is caused by the combination of a certain pad with a certain saddle. My old saddle gave me no problems except with one pair of old Nalini shorts that I never wore. When I switched saddles I found that my new seat has more contact with certain seams of my uniform shorts (Castelli) and causes alot of chafing when there is a lot of climbing (because I sit most of the time). I sent them all back to Castelli and had another pad put in them.

Unfortunately, this doesn't help you, but check the spot where you have irritation (if that is in fact the problem) and try to find shorts that are shaped differently or have better construction. A poorly placed seam makes even Assos ride like junk.

Good luck!
Give them a little time...Matno
Aug 6, 2003 2:46 AM
Not too much, but a little. When I first got my PI shorts, I hated them. Now, they're my favorites. It just took a few rides to get used to them. Unfortunately, I can't wear my old shorts anymore because now I know that they suck!
Check out Voler at velowear.com (nm)Uprwstsdr
Aug 6, 2003 6:13 AM
Second the VolerTurtleherder
Aug 6, 2003 6:29 AM
Tried the Pearl's, didn't like 'em. Bought the Voler's, great fit, no chafing.
re: These shorts aren't made for me......DINOSAUR
Aug 6, 2003 7:28 AM
I've had good luck with Performance Elite Multi-L shorts. You can find them on sale for around $34.00 (think they are on sale now for $31.00, regular price $54.00). The plus factor is Performance guarantees 100% customer satisfaction or you can return your purchase for exhange or cash credit. I returned 2 pairs of Performance gel shorts last winter after I had used them for 2 months (gel was leaking out) and they exhanged them for two pairs of Elite Multi-L's. I'ver had very good luck with the Multi L's. My shorts started to wear a lot better when I stopped using saddles that have embroidery. I found shorts have to be TIGHT to prevent chaffing. Bib short are supposed to be the way to go,I don't use them, but they are on my wish list...Voler has a website that offers sales not available to the public, heard good stuff about Voler...maybe you need to use some type of lube on your hindquarters? I found I had to ride with my saddle absolutely level or else I would get chaffing...good luck...
re: These shorts aren't made for me......03Vortex
Aug 6, 2003 10:04 AM
I have two pair of the high end Castellis bibs and think they are great. Expensive yes but stop and think for a second. The quality is very good and they will last and most importantly, good quality shorts and comfort mean a heck of a lot if you are putting in some real mileage.
re: These shorts aren't made for me......coperam
Aug 6, 2003 11:15 AM
Thanks for all the replies. My problem is with the microsensor pad. It is rubbing me raw on one side of the jewels. This is with and without lube. With lube helps some but it still gets raw. I am looking for replacement shorts(not bibs) and was hoping someone with my body type could give a recommendation on what they have had success with. I will definately take a look again at the above recommendations. I would prefer flat stitching. I am using a terry fly seat.