Of several different brands of bicycle shorts I have purchased, the Pearl Izumi Men's Quest are by far nicest and most comfortable shorts I have found in the lower to mid price range.
I have purchased bike pants at my local bike shop for over 30 years and usually pay at least twice what I paid for 2 pairs from REI recently and same quality as I wear them everyday on my 30-40 mile ride.
I use these in warmer weather by themselves and under tights in cool weather. As with most Pearl Izumi gear they are well made and seem like they will last a long time. I am a 32 waist and these fit me just right. My only minor complaint is that the padding is a bit thicker than I like.
Like all things in life, you pay for your shorts in one way or another.
I used to cheap out on these and then paid in saddle soreness.
Do yourself a favor, and throw a couple bucks towards your shorts. Your butt will thank you.
OK, PI Quest shorts are quality construction, quality materials, quality design and I just plain like 'em. They're long lasting and give you your money's worth. But I also wanted to say a word about Bike Tires Direct. This is my second order, the first coming during the Christmas rush and BTD just rocks! Good prices, easy processing, accurate order completion and ON TIME DELIVERY! I'm that cheap that I calculate what it would cost me to drive to where I can get my goods instead of having them delivered not only in part because buying sight unseen and then playing deliverystolen packagewrong item shipped roulette frosts my burgers. But Bike Tires Direct is the real deal and gives superior 'performance', if you know what I mean, to other online bike sellers.
Either the shorts are a little short, or I'm getting bigger? I go for the first one. Now it's too late, so I will be showing butt in all my rides
Tight the first time I wore them, but now feel perfect. Not the shorts/bib I'm using for epic longer rides, but perfect for everyday use. Size M. My waist is 31.5 and I have big thighs.