I moved from my very comfortable PI. Elite bibs to these. I think the reviewers were correct in saying these bibs are comfortable, even luxurious feeling. The comfort level of these bib shorts is ridiculously good. You honestly feel like you are wearing nothing. The straps are like velvet and after a minute of having them on you simply do not know they are there. But, describing all this comfort brings me to the topic of support. The material is so light and comfortable I think it does give up at least a small degree of compression capability and feeling of supportiveness. The chamois is disappointing. It feels like one singular density and not the nicely layered density foam PI is known to have pioneered and put forth in their upper lines of shorts. The singular density feels like simple latex foam cut about 58 inch thick and compresses too easily. Its as though they built such a great bib short they had to cut design cost somewhere and they chose to save money by using plain foam rubber in the chamois. It does kind of glue you to the saddle more than it should or would with a trimmer more layered chamois. It is, however, sewn in the short with very good tucked placement with a very soft liner material. All that said, I believe there will be some that will find this chamois works fine for them. Im a bull in the saddle and, thusly, it does not work well for me. I will still wear these shorts as they are so good in every other way besides the not so good chamois, but I will look for other PI shorts or other brands that have the more layered chamois I look for in a bib short.
While the chamois felt huge at first, once on the bike they worked great. The chamois also seemed to stay drier.
The bibs were also a bit snug on the boys, but felt ok while riding. I would consider them the best shorts I've ever owned and would give them a 5 star if it wasn't so snug down below.
Ive been a long-time user of PI P.R.O. bibs, but this updated version is a bust. The chamois is way too thick, it bunches up, and it makes me squirm around on the saddle to keep it in position. Prior chamois were anatomically shaped, and stayed tight to your skin, allowing you to move freely. This version feels like Dependz (decades before Im supposed to know what that feels like). Not sure why the redesign, but Im looking at other brands for the first time in years.
I ride every day, year round (live in FL) and have many pairs of shorts. Just got around to trying these and I am very pleased. Bought a second pair, and am waiting for the next sale to buy a third!
These are very supportive. They fit a little snug but are comfortable on the ride. I've only worn twice so far, but they appear to be well made with no seams rubbing in the wrong places. I would recommend these. My only reservation is I'm not sure they are that much better than modelsbrands less expensive.
It's all about the chamois! After trying a number of different manufacturers over the past few years it has become obvious to me that the chamois makes or breaks a pair of bibs. My personal conclusion is to spend a few extra dollars for an improved ride due to the comfort of the chamois (even for the same brand as I have tried cheaper PI bibs).
I purchased these for a long ride. Have always bought good quality bibs in the past but never Pearl Izumi. Very impressed with the quality and construction and the chamois. My ride was 550 miles in 6 days and i was having problems with my saddle. They were my go to bibs for the longest days. I will purchase these from now on!!
I have previously used a few different brands of lesser quality bibs. As my mileage has increased I found that they no longer provided the comfort I needed for longer time in the saddle. The P.R.O. Escape bibs were great from the beginning. Of highest importance was the fact that the chamois stayed in place and with its top layer moisture is wicked away. Have since purchased another pair.
I love these bibs, they are my go to for all rides. Recently used them on back to back century rides, and they rocked. I already ordered another pair. They fit very true to size with plenty of stretch in the suspenders.
I have been riding with these in my rotation for 2 years now. I'm 6' 180 lbs and The L fits me nicely. Compared to other bibs these rise up a much higher in the front, on me about 3 above my navel. The straps are comfortable and the chamois is good for multi-hour rides. I've noticed the stitching coming loose around the chamois at the lowest point where the saddle edges hit the inner thigh, doesn't seem to affect the fit though. My only gripe with these is the sticky dots used to secure the legs have turned hard over time and they irritate my legs for the first few miles. I always wash in cold water and always hang dry, 2 pairs and they both have this problem with hardened gel leg gripper dots after about a year.
I have been huge fan of Pearl for twenty-five years. My only complaint has been their frequent re-sizing of the product line. For years I wore XLs in all their higher end bibs, tights, knickers, and jerseys. Then somewhere along the line they started upsizing for us fatter Americans. I was told by one of their inside reps that they now size their highest end P.R.O. line a little smaller closer to Euro sizing, but not as small as, say, Castelli or Giordana. I am 6'1 about 182-185lbs and these bibs fit me really well in XL. The pad is fabulous. My only quibble is that they are a tad short for my long legs.
Its been years since Ive worn PI bibs. Ive been making excuses for being uncomfortable in the shorts that Ive been wearing recently. Too hot! No chamois cream, etc. No more! I can now do 30 and 40 mile rides, and Im comfortable. PI discourages the use of chamois cream. I was skeptical, but I am comfortable without it. The cuffs stay in place also.