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PEARL iZUMi Elevate Short - Men's


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Elevate Short

Today's mountain bikes are lighter, more capable, and use more sophisticated technology than ever before, so why shouldn't your shorts keep up? The Elevate Shorts combine a tailored fit with premium materials and innovative details. Lightweight nylon blend held together by bonded seams provides next-level durability without restricting movement, and DWR treatment keeps you drier when things get splashy.

Pearl Izumi adds their capable and lauded Cargo Liner Short and equips that with the plush and trail-ready 1:1 ELITE Escape chamois to soak up trail bumps and reduce saddle friction.

  • Lightweight nylon fabric with DWR treatment
  • Laser perforated vents improve cooling
  • Adjustable waistband allows you to dial in a perfect fit
  • Two zippered side pockets shift contents to back of leg for pedaling comfort
  • Includes Cargo Liner Short and ELITE Escape Chamois
  • Item #PLZO8CE

95% nylon, 5% elastane (DWR treatment)
Removable Liner
Includes Cargo Liner Short
1:1 ELITE Escape
[side] 2 zippered, [center back] 1 zippered
snap with internal adjustment
laser-perforated vents on inner thigh
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
cross-country, enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty

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>Rating: 5


I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
6` 2"
160 lbs

This short is killer. Well worth price. The BOA technology in the waist is perfect to help prevent any bunching. They are super breathable and durable shorts. I'm 6'2" and the inseam length is perfect to cover up any pad gaps without being to long.

>Rating: 5

Wait How Much?

I've put it through the wringer
Runs large

Let's be straight, $175 is an eye-watering price tag for baggy shorts. and the liner that comes with 99.9% of baggy shorts is pretty much guaranteed to be terrible. That's just how it is. I buy some shorts, toss the liner and wear road bib shorts instead because apparently the MTB shorts designers don't communicate with the Road shorts designers. So typically I am wearing a set of $200+ bibs under a set of $70-$100 baggies. I suspect most Mountain bikers that have been into road cycling are on the same program too. Road cyclists get the best chamois. So simple math here. $200 road bib + $70 Baggies is $270 (I can math) The reason I bring this up is because these Pearl Izumi Elevate shorts come with a liner. Not only do they come with a liner, but it is easily the best "included" liner I have ever used, and while it isn't a bib liner (which I prefer) it is every bit as good as the chamois in my $200 road bibs. So now $175 really doesn't seem so bad does it. Moving on from price, I typically wear a size 34 waist in most denim. In some Fox shorts I have to size up to a 36, but in these, I have a size 34 and would say they run a little larger in the waist than I was expecting. Not too big, but a little larger. The BOA dial for cinching the shorts nice and snug works quite well and offers a good range of adjustment. I thought I would notice it digging into my back with a hip pack on, but I don't, which surprised me because I was expecting it to. The reverse pockets are weird at first, but then you ride with your phone, wallet, or keys in them and it all makes sense when you are pedaling up. They keep everything situated nicely and I have grown to really like the design. The materials are light and stretchy but still feels tough. Tougher than some other shorts I have owned, I have crashed in them once (mid-speed on a relatively smooth packed dirt trail) and no damage occurred. The length is nice, doesn't feel too long and covers my pads nicely. I never really think of Pearl as a MTB brand but these shorts are a killer offering and are my favorite right now. When I am going for a longer ride during these warmer months, these are my go-to shorts.

Previous comment nailed it. Tall guy, they run big but need the length. Just want say they are closest thing to a great road short for mtb as I’ve seen.

6'4" 265LBS not applicable. #notSOfatFREINDLY