When shopping for Bib's it's always a little depressing to see how much it costs to buy a premium set. I've tried saving $ now and again by buying a cheaper bib, but every time I do, it's a complete waste of money because I end up never wearing them. There are few things worse on a bike ride than a sore crotch area, and even worse, a saddle sore. The chamois used in the P.R.O. bibs are exceptional. I can sit on my saddle all day and have zero issues, every time. At this point I will absolutely not buy any bibs, shorts, or tights, that don't have a P.R.O. chamois (or equivalent).
Decided to try a pair of these as an upgrade to the Pearl Izumi Elite bib shorts I have been wearing. The fabric is lighter, the seems are smoother and the chamois quality are all upgrades to the Elite model. I will be buying these moving forward, as it has allowed me more comfortable rides and easier back to back training days.
I have used various generations of PRO bibs over the years. To me they have proven to be a good balance of quality, fit, and price. These bibs have a new, more densely padded chamois pad that I think will work great for longer rides. My 59 year old butt felt great on the ride. The fabric seems a bit heavier than previous versions, and has a sort of wet seal or grippy feel to it when you put these on. It was a little harder to get them on and adjusted properly, and the shoulder straps twisted into ropes that had to be straightened out. The ragged edge approach made these feel a little less structured than previous generation bibs. Overall a slightly different feel compared to older versions, but still very comfortable. Graphics are very low profile, I miss the bold white Pearl Izumi logos.
Purchased late in the season, so not a lot of saddle time in them. Compared to other bibs purchased earlier this year, they're the best quality material and most comfortable. Haven't always been a Pearl Izumi fan, but these shorts are definitely worth the investment.
After a bunch of different shorts ...and thinking I needed a new saddle....I put these on and I realized I did not need a new saddle..I just needed better shorts. Now I wear these for MTB riding every time I am out.
I like the quality of it. I like the fit, Iï¿½m 6 foot one 200 pounds and I got a large. The only thing I have a problem with is the chamois surprisingly itï¿½s too thick. Iï¿½m thinking I have to ride more and break it in or maybe Iï¿½ll try it on my mountain bike Because it does provide a lot of cushion.
Purchased on sale I think these are a very good deal. I'm typically a med in PI and these fit well and are extremely comfortable. The legs don't ride up and the shoulder straps are wide and don't twist or get bunched up.
I have the PRO short with the old green chamois that fits like a glove and still performs like a champ century after century. Supports the undercarriage over the seat groove like a nice padded trampoline. But the new ones I got earlier this year have a thick red diaper. It's literally three times thicker than the green pad and not even close to as comfortable or high performance. Feels like you're sitting on something the My Pillow guy is selling. Please go back to the green flatter chamois! Much better at the PRO level.
In the $175 price range it is the best money spent! Theyre not the cheapest, theyre not the most expensive, but you get easily the biggest bang for your buck! Lasted longer than tons of bobs costing me over $250! Just buy them and shut up!
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.