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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good bike shorts. Wore them for the first time today. Comfortable. I'm a 33" waist and got the large. Fits fine.
Very comfortable and lightweight
Delivered a day early. A pleasant surprise. Fit is good.