Im a road cyclist with soft spot for nice clothing. Mostly ride rides over 50 miles, in tropical weather. Fit, run a bit small if following 2xu charts, but they fit like pearl izumy, capo, and others. Im an L on all including 2xu. Fit very nicely compressed not snugly but comfortable. This work for long distance very well, so id say the padding is great. The letters look like all others on 2xu products(prone to pill off) so i wash them with the letters inside, its worked as they look like new after 10+ washes. As stated i ride in tropical weather (Puerto Rico), pretty hot and this pants dont feel too hot, they seem to breath pretty well. Id say they are up there with Pi PRO, with compression. No diss to, PI PRO's.