Im not a big reviewer, but Im pretty surprised by Pearl Izumi. I have 5 pairs of PRO Bibs hanging in my closet, all of various ages. One pair is at least 7 years old. The new PRO Bib is inferior to its predecessors in every way.
-The seams are raised where they were flat.
-The stitching is single where it was double.
-The chamois fits like a diaper where it was padded in a anatomical pattern.
-The shorts end with raw fabric where they were protected with extra fabric.
-The material is very thin, which feels nice, but I question the durability, especially over the shoulders when you pull them on.
These are not inexpensive bibs. I suspect Pearl Izumi is moving out of the quality product business. Im looking for a new brand.
I have always found PI products to be of the highest quality. And they fit well and are comfortable. The PRO bib short is very comfortable and has clean lines with the laser cut edges. They are perfect for a long ride with no chafing. I also like their guarantee if something should go wrong. Their returnreplacement process worked well when I had to return a pair of gloves. Lastly, BikeTiresDirect.com has great prices which is why I bought these bibs from them.
I am tall and thin, so finding bib shorts that fit me well is a challenge. The P.R.O. Bib Short had the laser cut I like, a long inseam, and boasted about a new chamois that sounded great. The overall quality and fit are very good. But from the moment I put on these bibs, I could tell that the chamois didn't feel quite rite. Getting on the bike for the first time confirmed this. The chamois is too thick in the crotch area and tends to bunch up making for a very uncomfortable on-bike experience. But having ridden in these bibs, I had no return option. So I now have a very expensive pair of bibs that are relegated to shorter rides and are marginally tolerable for those. If you buy these, try them on at home, sit on your bike, and do everything you can to make sure they fit you well before cutting off the tags and wearing them on a ride.
Ive ridden in these bibs twice and am impressed with them. They have a bit longer inseam than the Bontrager Velocis bibs I usually wear and so far they dont ride up on me. The Bontragers can ride up at times. Despite not having flat seams, you can't tell the difference when on. These bibs fit well and have a light feel and the shoulder straps dont dig in. The leg grip is very good...I have to do a squat to get them in the right location initially but that also prevents them from wanting to ride up your leg too. Im 5-11, 170 lbs and the mediums fit perfectly.