Canari Men's Vortex Gel Shorts

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Canari Vortex Gel Shorts
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Canari Vortex Gel Shorts -
With a built-in gel seat for cycling comfort, Canari's Vortex Gel shorts are a dream to wear, no matter how far your wheels take you.


  • Flatseam construction is soft and non-chafing next to skin
  • Stretchy nylon construction


  • Gel pad system dissipates shock and reduces skin irritation by forming a fluid barrier between the hard saddle shell and the rider's anatomy


  • Made in United States of America or China


  • Nylon/spandex blend combines durability with freedom of movement
  • Elasticized waist and soft-touch leg grippers keep shorts from bunching as you ride
  • Built-in gel chamois
  • Special buy
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The men's Canari Gel Vortex bike shorts deliver incredible support and high performance on race days or training rides.


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Also available for: Women
Bike short style:Form-fitting
Fabric:80% nylon/20% spandex
Inseam (in.):9.5 inches
Moisture wicking:Yes
Pad type:Gel chamois
Panel construction:8-panel
Quick drying:Yes
Sun-protective fabric:No
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Canari Vortex Gel Shorts Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great Training Short

I needed shorts that weren't $200 bibs for the trainer and shorter training rides. For the price, I took the plunge and bought two pair.

I've ridden on them for several months and only have a couple of gripes. First, they fit a tiny bit large. Not a really big problem since they're stretchy, but it does lead to a little bit of sagging in the chamois during long training sessions. Second, the material feels a little thin. Granted, I'm used to super-thick compression fabric, but even so, I'd appreciate a little more support. Then I remembered how much I paid for them.

Yeah, the fabric is a little thin, but not see-through (unlike some). The gel is a little soft, so expect it to give-up after a few hours in the saddle, but it's more than comfortable enough for most charity rides. I machine-wash my shorts (cold, gentle) and hang them to dry (never machine-dry gel). Unlike my Mavic gear, all the decals are still in place. They look almost new and the leg grippers are still intact.

Going to ride a few thousand miles/year? Get some serious bibs. Riding a few hundred? Save your money and get these.
Johnnie at REI on 11/11/2012

These Have Served Me Well

I actually like these shorts and the fleece padding. I commute from Marin to SF and back and the fleece is so comfortable that I actually grab these shorts first whenever I have a choice (e.g., at the beginning of the week when all my shorts have been washed and ready to go). These are so comfortable that I will, if I am feeling a little sore, pack these for the commute home and wear another pair to work. I rationalize that if my rear is sore now, it will really be sore later, so better to have the fleece later.

I could see how these might be too warm in hotter climates.
curmudgeonatlaw at REI on 08/08/2009

Great shorts

On longer rides, I choose these shorts. I'm going to get another pair. I ride a 29er mostly, including 24-35 miles on concrete/road. I previously wore only Pearl Izumi and Zoic MTB shorts, but found the PI's run large (I'm between medium and large, 31-2" waist, 6'0) and the large size I bought now is too big/I'm too small. The Zoic are great MTB shorts, but not comfortable for distance. If you want great value and comfort for mid-range (I've never tested them longer than 35 miles) and possibly long rides, these shorts do the job well.
IgnatiusJ at REI on 10/10/2013

Great shorts (novice rider)

These are my first pair of cycling shorts but they beat the heck out of the padded underwear I was using before. I've only taken them on a handful of 20mi rides and they're great! I was worried the padding would make it hard to feel the saddle under me but I still feel the contours like without padding except it's way more comfortable. I'm pretty confident these shorts will hold up for a few years of longer rides
jinyeugh at REI on 09/09/2013

Solid pair of shorts

These are the primary shorts I'm using right now, they have the right amount of padding for a gel short, I have a house brand gel pair from a national bike retailer and the gel there is way too thick. I find the fleece on these very comfortable for this time of year, we'll see how they fare when summer rolls around.
BayTrekker at REI on 01/01/2010

Good Quality

Tried these because of the great discount price. As usual, sizes are limited on sale items so only XL was available. I'm 6'1", 183 lbs so XL sometimes fits OK. In this case they are just a bit large but the quality is excellent and I'll put up with a less than perfect fit for the price.
dpbill at REI on 03/03/2013

Good Value

Best shorts for my rear. Pad is not the usual slippery, shinny. It is more fuzzy and somewhat absorbant (which some may not like).
I usually ride 15-30 miles a day and have several of these. I machine wash and dry, so far so good.
Retired in Santa Cruz at REI on 09/09/2012

Seems like a high value bike short

These shorts look and feel like shorts I've bought at twice the price. How well they last through many washings remains to be seen, but in the short term, I'm happy with them, and think they're a good value.
bamacl at REI on 09/09/2013

Good shorts

Good bike shorts. Wore them for the first time today. Comfortable. I'm a 33" waist and got the large. Fits fine.
LeopardJFerry at REI on 07/07/2013

Very comfortable and lightweight

Delivered a day early. A pleasant surprise. Fit is good.
Cycling Steve at REI on 06/06/2013

Negative Reviews:

Like wearing fleece underwear.

The chamois is lined with fleece. Uncomfortable on and off the bike. Doesn't seem to wick, after half hour ride the fleece was wet with moisture. Just doesn't seem like a good idea, if I had known I wouldn't have got them. Sending them right back.
snave at REI on 05/05/2008

Neutral Reviews:

I like the product

The product work and feel good once I got the right size. I used the size chart on the web site and they were so big I could not use them. Second one was under my size but still big. Third worked. What I save on the sale I spent on return shipping getting the right size.

REI was very good about returns and trying to help.
spock48 at REI on 02/02/2013