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Ron E.

Ron E.

Ron E.

Ron E.wrote a review of on July 10, 2019

My favorite thus far out of 5 brands
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

First off bought them here on sale for $68. I have to get good deals because I have a large family to support and can’t afford to pay full price for my indulgences. These are different than my other brands in several key ways - chamois is thicker than Pearl Izumi, on par with Santini (Trek) and Przewski, and less thick than Le Col. it is noticeable padding that simply sits well with me.

The materials themselves feel as durable as the PI, Santini, and Le Col but a key difference is the breathability and thinner strap. These are fairly transparent (you can see my thigh tattoos fairly well through the yellow) but still have firm elasticity. The thinner straps do not bother me at all but I’ve read that others find these bunch up or rub a bit more than the wider one; again not a concern for me at all.

These are my go-to right now as I am tying out as much as I can afford. Quality, price, fit, and finish all hit the mark for me and I couldn’t be happier.

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Ron E.

Ron E.wrote a review of on July 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Put about 400 miles in with them thus far and I agree with prior review that you forget they are there. I’ve had zero issue with them slipping down. They are socks, plain and simple - light, bright, cool well, and my go-to thus far.

I may have even been caught wearing them post-ride to cut the grass or do a grocery run. Just that comfy...

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Ron E.

Ron E.wrote a review of on July 10, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

First and foremost understand I am an amateur and pretty new to cycling despite being 45. I got my first road bike just in November 2018 and my second in February 2019. In 2019 I’ve logged just over 1,000 miles in these pearl izumi bibs (purchased on sale for $55) were my favorite at first. I’ve done several hundred miles and find them comfortable but I’ve begun to notice a bit of stitching on the chamois beginning to fray and some minimal discomfort due to where this stitch is touching. I say minimal, but am learning that any discomfort becomes a nuisance quickly.

For more frame of reference, I’ve purchased Santini (Trek team issue) - sale and discounts $70, Le Col (pro version purchase with Strava reward discount at $100), Przewski (Amazon $29 - gift from wife), and Castelli Evoluzione limited ($68 sale here). I’ve done the most miles now in the Castelli and find the extremely comfortable (my favorites thus far).

What I’ve come to realize for me is that strap width doesn’t matter to me; in fact I forget about them altogether other than the fact they keep my shorts up. It’s the chamois shape that’s the key. All of the above are comfortable. In fact the $29 Prz’s are excellent except I can tell they wear out quickly due o thinner material and elasticity. Unless I am missing something in all of this it a matter of what fits you best. The pearl izumis are great and I will continue to keep them in my rotation. I would buy another pair as well but first I will continue to try others and see if I get anything better than the Castelli which, for me, is of the same quality as these PIs but the chamois hasn’t frayed and simply sit better for me where it matters.

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