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.
These are nice pad is comfy, the straps are almost gossamer-light but keep things in place, the legs dont end in a weird separate sectionfabric type. Theyre a little long for purposes of establishing the optimal tan line, but thats crazy velominati non-sense. I like the option of something black-like without being black. Mostly I wear knickers because mostly its rainy and cold. So shorts are a luxury, but these are luxuriant shorts.
These bibs are a bit tighter fitting than Bontrager Velocis (MED) or Castelli Free Aero Race 4 (LRG) bibs and the chamois is more comfortable as well. It took a few times using these bibs to get used to them but once I did I began to like them more. They are cut a bit longer than Bontrager which I like. I like the Bontragers but on long rides they tend to chafe me on the inner thigh crease. The Castellis chamois in not as comfortable on longer rides. Im splitting hairs on the comparison, as they are all good bib shorts, but if I could only pick only one, Id pick the Pearls. Im 5-11, 165-170lbs and I wear the Mediums.
Needed something reliable with no flashy graphics that went with all my team kit and other jerseys. These bibs are so supple- laser cut edges are kinda rad- they disappear on me. Chamois is a bit sparse but still solid.
I've worn P.R.O-level Pearl Izumi bibs for the last 7 years and always been happy with the fit and durability. This latest iteration is truly a notch (or two) above anything in the past. Chamois appears unchanged and is as good as ever for 100+ mile days in the saddle. The short and suspenders conform so perfectly and seamlessly that they seem to disappear. There's no binding or bunching at the leg openings, crotch, shoulder straps or...anywhere.
I use this garment these daily for shortish conditioning sessions. In general, it does what I'd like, fitting snugly, keeping the legs in place, and not sagging as they wear in. The padding is pretty well placed and works well, especially when using chamois cream liberally. However, it would be more effective if it continued across the inguinal fold and down the medial thigh.
A fray has started at the bottom of the abdominal piece, but it has not propagated after several months of daily use. This is a concern. It shouldn't happen to a product in this price range. However, I have elected to continue using it, since this small defect has not damaged overall usefulness.
In sum, this is not the best cycling garment I've ever used, but it's pretty good withal and worth the price.
Perineum pad continually bunches up and is uncomfortable. Continually stopping to stretch out the pad, shift the pad back and lift the back of the suspenders. Hasnï¿½t gotten any better after half a dozen rides. Might be better with a thinner perineum pad. Bought the bibs as my ï¿½Attackï¿½ shorts wouldnï¿½t last my 40 mile rides. ï¿½Attackï¿½ shorts are much more comfortable my Pro bibs. Disappointing.
I own a few older pro escape bib tights and love them. Have put thousands of miles on them and still in pretty good shape. These are not quite as good in my opinion. Leg is maybe an inch longer and the pad does not seem the same quality. Still very comfortable. The older versions I could do a 100 mile ride with only a little discomfort. These not so much. Have done a few 70-80 mile rides on Selle smp pro saddle I usually ride and some mild discomfort after 50-60. Not so bad as to return but may try another brand next time. Brands always have to change things even when they work great as is. Frustrating to say the least.
I'm 6'2", 200 lbs and the Large fits me well...The material on these is silky soft and unlike no other...the laser cut straps are the most comfortable I've tried...The laser cut leg openings are comfortable , as well....seems very lightweight...The chamois is quite good....but not unmatched...the material and comfort are what sets these apart from others...At full price , a little expensive...I paid $150 on sale...have 3 pair....