Pearl Izumi Women's Elite Intercool Short,Black,Medium
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- Material: Fit: form fitInseam: (medium) 8.75 inChamois: Chamois Thickness: Removable Chamois: Bib: Pockets: SPF Rating: UPF Rating: (body) 50, (mesh) 20Recommended Use: cyclingManufacturer Warranty:
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|Package Height||1.9 x 6 x 9.8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.45 pounds|
|Special Size Type||M|
Although the selection of women's bib shorts on the market is improving, some of us still prefer the practicality of a regular cycling short. Easy to get on and off and supremely practical during mid-ride pit stops, the Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool Women's Shorts gives you all of these advantages as well as giving your bum ample protection no matter for how many miles you plan on covering. Just as men do, we ladies tend to take a good, hard look at the quality of the pad before we plunk down our hard-earned cash for a pair of shorts. Pearl Izumi has impressed us with their Women's Elite 3D Chamois. This comfort-oriented pad is designed for riders who get out anywhere from three to seven days in a week. It has been pre-shaped to fit the contours of a woman's body and even has slightly thicker (13mm) padding than the P.R.O. Seamless Chamois for a touch more protection. The Pearl Izumi Pressure Relief Technology ensures that the pad won't cut off your circulation. The pad's four-way stretch will keep it moving with you and wicking sweat so that you wonAAAt have to worry about irritating, saddle-sore-causing friction, while the active carbon yarns improve thermoregulation and keep static-induced fatigue to a minimum. The stretchy Elite Transfer fabric in the Elite Women's In-R-Cool Shorts offers a great combination of moisture management capabilities with the special In-R-Cool technology that reflects direct sunlight to lower the fabric's temperature to reduce body surface temperature by up to 5%. Silicone leg grippers hold the leg hems in place without pulling or pinching your skin. If you are wondering where your tan line will fall, the Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool Shorts have an eight and three-quarter inch inseam in a size Medium. Reflective elements are included to keep you visible during times of low level lighting. The Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool Women's Shorts are available in Black and Black/White. They come in sizes X-Small through XX-Large.
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The chamois is incredibly comfortable - I hardly notice it - it doesn't bunch up or chafe at all. I rode the Seattle-to-Portland ride (2 x 100 mile days) with these and they are just super! I have some other shorts I bought at Performance for 25 bucks (on sale I think) and the difference in chamois comfort is like night and day - the Pearl Izumi wins hands down.
I wear a size 10 or 12 pants and the medium size of this short fits me nicely, with room to spare. I have fairly long legs, and these are longer shorts, the inseam is 8", but for me it is just fine, I'm biking, not tanning!
I was on a ride with a group a few weeks ago and one person was complaining that their backside was getting sore in spite of having bought really nice bike shorts. Padded shorts will help a little, but the only way to not have sore parts is to put the time in the saddle, get a good bike fit at a bike shop where someone is trained to fit bikes, and a saddle that fits your anatomy.
The downside is the white shows every bulge and bump on your body, so, if you're not 17, or a professional athlete, you're likely to feel slightly disappointed when you look in the mirror. Although I'm fairly thin, I'm 46, and those areas on the thighs that carry a few extra lumps do not look so great when coated in white spandex. However, I have always hated the spandex thing anyway, so I've been in the habit of putting on an extra pair of shorts over the bike shorts, which solves this problem.
The pad seems to work very well, although admittedly I'm comparing it to a pair of shorts I've had for over 10 years, so I'm sure the technology has changed a bit. For me on the long ride, these were comfortable and very unnoticeable, which is what I like. I would buy another pair, especially as the price is well under comparable shorts.