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on March 24, 2011
I just got these shorts and am very disappointed. I had a pair of attack shorts I got a few years ago and love them. They got threadbare in the back, so, I figured I'd like the new one. Note: I also have the Pearl Izumi pro shorts and like them. One problem with the new attack shorts is they don't stretch as well as the earlier version. I checked the tag and noticed they reduced the spandex % and increased the nylon %. Also, the leg grippers don't work very well, not nearly as well as the earlier model. The fabric also feels thin and cheap. I just rode 30 miles in them hoping I would like they way they actually work on the bike, but, nope. The padding (they changed that too, to some cheap foam stuff) doesn't work very well and after 20 miles i was getting sore. My old model of attack shorts had padding very similar to my pro shorts. Due to the leg grippers not gripping very well and the fabric not stretching very well the legs rode up about 3 inches exposing a big un tanned band. I kept pulling the shorts down but they kept riding up.

So, they made the material cheaper, the grippers cheaper, the padding cheaper and they definitely are a sub par pair of shorts. I need to send them back. Buyers beware.

Pearl Izumi, you must be more concerned about your profits than customer satisfaction. Definitely the last pair of these I'll buy.
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on July 12, 2010
The Pearl iZUMi Men's Attack Cycling Shorts are fabulously comfortable. I bicycle 3 to 5 days a week to work on a mountain bike outfitted with slick road tires. The commute is about 8 miles each way, so not a major trip. However, in the sweltering hot weather here in New Jersey, it's very painful without them.

I was worried about the small-looking legs when they first showed up. Even with my thick thighs, though, they fit like a glove. On the inside of each leg is a silicone leg gripper. I am pretty hirsute, so I expected to feel my hair being pulled about, but I didn't notice a thing. Amazing engineering.

I am 5'7", 155 pounds, with a 31"-32" waist. I bought medium-sized shorts, and they fit just right. Although I considered getting a bib, because I was concerned about sizing, I am glad I did not. Even if you have a bit of extra flesh around your mid-section (and who doesn't?), it has a drawstring, so it should not be uncomfortable.

The shorts have a very low profile front. I swim in the mornings with Speedos, and I would say these shorts fit a lot better and show much less. I am quite comfortable walking around in them.

The padding is incredible. I don't feel a thing. I am sure if I rode for another hour or two I would notice something. No shorts are perfect. These are probably about as comfortable as you can get, though. Somehow, the pad always seems to be in the right place.

The shorts wick the moisture away pretty well while I am riding. I put some regular shorts over them after I got to work the first day I wore them, instead of changing into underwear, and that was a mistake. I basically sat around marinating in my sweat for a few hours. There certainly was some chafing on the way home! I guess these really are made for riding, and as long as they are allowed to breathe, you should be fine.

The shorts are not cheap, but they feel like a second skin, and perform wonderfully while you are riding. In my opinion, they are worth every penny. The cost was somewhat mitigated when I purchased them by the free shipping (with Amazon Prime) and free returns (roll over your size to see what is available). You could pay a little less for other models or other brands. Why would you, though? I cherish my chances to ride, and I figure it is worth it to protect my bum.
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on September 21, 2010
I was looking for well-padded shorts, and these definitely fit the bill. They have lots of padding in the right places, but not so much that the bulk gets in the way. I would have given these 5 stars if the sizing were correct, but as other reviewers have noted, they very definitely run small. Medium was supposed to fit waist size 32-34. All my 32" pants are a very loose fit, but these Medium shorts just barely fit. I would definitely advise going up a size from whatever you normally wear.
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on April 5, 2011
I prefer the 6.5" inseam of the Pearl Tri Short than the 9" inseam of the Attack. But, I prefer the thicker padding of the Attack, especially on the sit bone area. I wear a medium and find the waist lower on the Attack, just above the hip socket, where the Tri sits an inch higher. No biggie issues just points for you to consider. All-in-all, the Attack's are pretty good for the $50 buck Amazon price, retail is $75.
10/30/2011 Update

The chamois on these were great for the first dozen or so washes then it has started to break down. I find sit bone harshness within 7 miles until numbness sets in which tells me the padding is deteriorating. I can no longer ride continuous for more than 15 miles then I must pullover and dismount so my butt gets it feeling back. Also, they now have a tendency to ride a tad bit lower at the waist after a few miles. They will reside in the garage to be used with my trainer not on the road. I have down rated these shorts to 3*'s. Bike clothing is such a rip off.
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on January 28, 2012
These shorts are a wonderful value. Comfortable, non-restrictive, everything I was looking for in a bike short. I was concerned that the little rubber nubbins on the legs wouldn't do their job, they were so small and non-intrusive, but I have been proven wrong. These shorts are super comfortable!
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on December 29, 2011
For the price point, these shorts can't be beat! I preferred these over the Elites because of the material and also the seams. These just felt more natural on me. Although the Elites have a thinner and more stretchable material, the material on these shorts felt more comfortable. The Elites also has seams that just felt uncomfortable to me like they run along the wrong areas that annoy me. This could very well be personal preference.

I am 5'11", 190lbs, 32 waist, with rather large thighs. The large fits me perfectly. The mediums were too snug where it made me a little uncomfortable.
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on August 13, 2011
These shorts cost from $70 to as much as $100 at the local shops; at 49.99, I was very pleased. Great padding, excellent fit and comfort. I would definitely buy another pair.

For those who don't know, or who are new to wearing padded bike shorts: these are meant to be worn without underwear... I rode off and on for several years with jockey shorts underneath bike shorts, and the chafing I suffered after long rides ceased to be an issue after I followed the advice from other riders to "lose the drawers".
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on December 9, 2011
Initially got the medium as with a 32 inch waist that seemed to be the correct size. Couldn't even get them past my knees. Amazon were great with the refund though and I then got the large which fit perfectly. Really notice the extra comfort over my old shorts
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on August 14, 2011
What's important - They are comfortable and appear well made.

How do they fit? I'm 6'3", 175# and have a 32-33 inch waist. The large fits great. Sure I'd like a little bit longer leg on the pants but that's not a deal breaker.

What rider are they for? I ride about 100 miles per week (that's about three times a week) and have worn these on everything from 25 miles after work rides to 150 miles weekend fundraiser (support Bike MS!).

I've had them for 9 weeks now and I have no complaints. While I'm not sure they are worth the MSRP, They are definitely worth the $50 or so bucks I paid on Amazon!
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on November 14, 2010
I took up bike riding last summer ahd have gradually worked my way up from one hour rides to 3 hour (40 mile) rides. In my opinion, if you're only going to be on the bike for an hour or less, don't bother with these. Just throw on a pair of shorts and head out. But if you get serious, any more than an hour on the saddle (at least for me) requires some extra padding. These shorts take care of that, are very comfortable, and hold up very well. I have two pair as they need to be hand washed and if you're riding every day and are working up a sweat you'll need to alternate.

Also, the fit on these is important. I bought my first pair at a local bike shop where I could try them on, and bought the second pair from Amazon. They want to be tight so they don't move around. THere's another version with a looser covering short, recommended if you don't want the spandex look...
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