Pearl Izumi Elite Short Short / Pant Review

4.67 out of 5
By Jeff Barber    on Aug 8, 2016

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March 18, 2016
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Good chamois

Cons: A bit expensive for what you get

Recommendation: I'd buy again if I found them on sale

March 15, 2016
Pros: Comfortable
Work great under baggies as a liner

Cons: nothing

Recommendation: Best freaking liners ever! I have tried a few other brands, and I wish I started with these. They work great under baggies so I don't look like an overweight roadie. comfortable for every style of riding

December 23, 2014
Model/Year: Elite

Pros: Great quality
Great fit
Last forever

Cons: None

Recommendation: I've had a couple of these shorts for a long time now. They look as good as they did when I got them. I really do think they'll last longer than I will. As has been mentioned, great materials, very well made equals a great fit. If you wear spandex shorts, these are what you want. Get a pair and see for yourself.

December 12, 2012
Pros: Fit
Number of pieces

Cons: Have to air dry

Recommendation: These shorts are great. The tight fit of these allows more blood flow to the quads than baggy shorts. What makes these better than the other Pearl Izumi shorts is the number of pieces sewn together to make them. The more pieces, the better the fit and flex. When pedaling, these shorts do not slide, nor rub the insides of you thighs. These are a great pair of shorts if you are looking for a pair of spandex riding shorts.

February 27, 2012
Pros: fit last a long time

Cons: none

Recommendation: one of the best if not the best cycling shorts out there

February 25, 2012
Model/Year: 2010

Pros: Comfort, breathable, long-lasting

Cons: "Elite" letters peeled off after third ride if this could be an issue for somebody. Not for me.
Price is a bit high

Recommendation: Got it from LBS for 70% Off - good deal. That was a major reason to give lycra shorts a try. I use this shorts over a year on either short rides or an all-day Epics and don't even thinking of getting anything different. Padding not bulky yet absorbs every impact which allows to stay in the saddle for 50-60 miles (my longest rides yet) without any saddle sore. Even in the hottest days I feel myself cool. And when temperature drops below freezing you won't noticed 'em under regular pants.
Sure, after a year of use there're some signs of wear but still looks fine.
Overal great shorts.