Aero saddles come at an expense to comfort. P.R.O. Escape Shorts is worth more than money. Put the two together and you spent your money the best it can be spent. No manner how many miles the day has in store for me, these shorts make it happen!
I am an aggressive club cyclist approx. cycling approx. 6,000 miles a year. I am 5' 10 , 36 waist approx. 175 -180 lbs. depending on season) Finding comfortable shorts is difficult, between sizefit and chamois it can be a pain in the neck. Ordering, trying on and returning far too often. Most shorts, depending on manufacturer can be size medium to extra large to fit me. The large was the correct size. The chamois is positioned where it needs to be with great cushioning. Fit and cut is great. Bib shorts do not fit me, upper trunk and shoulders pull bib shorts up into my groin. So that is not an option for me. Size runs true to chart on site. It has been a very warm and humid summer. These Pro shorts wick fantastically. I am ordering my second pair. BTD pricing is best I could find.
This latest rendition in 2017 corrected the sizing problem of PI's previous year's top of the line short. The Large I had was more like a Medium. I always buy the top of the line PI shorts for maximum comfort and the chamois in them has steadily improved over the years.
These shorts were recommended to me by Pearl Izumi customer service, after they discontinued the P.R.O. In-R-Cool short. I have observed a sad trend from the company for the past few years when modifying their shorts in the same price range - sometimes while retaining the same model name - they are using lower quality components, specifically the chamois. They did this a few years ago with their Select Attack shorts - they went from being comfortable for 30 miles to only about 20 miles, with the P.R.O. Escape shorts, the chamois is a lot wider than that to which I am accustomed, but with much less cushion. I don't think they sell a more expensive short, if that is what it is going to take to get the same quality... I suppose I need to look at a different brand.
Sizing is getting more difficult amongst Manufacturers. I am 5'10, 176 lbs. in ride season. Louis Garneau large used to fit great. Now the LG's I tried were too tight and short in leg length. I tried Assos, for me they were cut strangely. Tried other pairs and then I saw these Pearl Izumi PRO Escape on sale. I do not have large legs but still ordered XL as PRO I was told more a Race Fit. They do fit me well, unfortunately I am somewhere between a Large and XL. The XL fits decently, just not perfectly. Large was too tight for me. The weather I wore the first 2 rides was in the 90's and high humidity. These shorts wick moisture fantastically and chamois offers great comfort. A draw string would have been nice. Still a great pair of shorts.
Really like the material of the short BUT it did irritate soft tissue. Was very uncomfortable.... Could be a lot of reasons for this bike setup etc... but i went with Assos short.... really the best stuff out there.
I'm mainly a road bike rider, averaging 30-40 miles per ride. Comfort is key for me, I've tried several brands and keep coming back to these. The padding is excellent and the material is very comfortable. If you haven't tried these and are looking for a great pair of shorts, you need to try these.
Easily the best riding shorts I've owned, and worth every penny. I bought a pair prior to a 2-day 175 mile ride. After riding 100 on the first day I regretted only buying one pair...so I washed them in the hotel sink and dried them with the hotel hair dryer so I could use them for day 2!
As usual, PI's top-of-the-line shorts have a comfortable chamois, and the fabric is cool and breathable. But it seems that they sacrificed support. The fabric is not a strong and supportive as the previous P.R.O. fabric, which on a long ride can make a difference.