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    The BEST Lycra shorts??

    I use baggies for day to day riding and lycra shorts for some serious training sessions and definitely racing..

    Having tried the cheaper fox racing shorts (OK for the first couple of rides) I am now looking at purchasing some new nicks.

    Pearl Izumi Microsensors look the goods, but the price?? Is it worth it?
    I have heard some good reports from the Ground Effect Sputniks

    What others are good, how about the PACE ITS250

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan123
    I use baggies for day to day riding and lycra shorts for some serious training sessions and definitely racing..

    Having tried the cheaper fox racing shorts (OK for the first couple of rides) I am now looking at purchasing some new nicks.

    Pearl Izumi Microsensors look the goods, but the price?? Is it worth it?
    I have heard some good reports from the Ground Effect Sputniks

    What others are good, how about the PACE ITS250
    I've used all the pearl izumis from the 60 dollar version up to the micosensor version and a few other brands like descente. the descente aero-x were great for awhile but fell apart really fast.

    by far the best, or my favorite, are the microsensors. they are more durable, fit better, and have a nicer chamois than the others I've tried. the ultrasensors are nice as well but don't have the fancy chamois which I may or may not appreciate for really long rides(50mi+ type stuff) and they also don't have the seemingly tailor made fit the microsensors have. They are, however, durable unlike the lower end versions I've used from PI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan123
    I use baggies for day to day riding and lycra shorts for some serious training sessions and definitely racing..

    Having tried the cheaper fox racing shorts (OK for the first couple of rides) I am now looking at purchasing some new nicks.

    Pearl Izumi Microsensors look the goods, but the price?? Is it worth it?
    I have heard some good reports from the Ground Effect Sputniks

    What others are good, how about the PACE ITS250
    hands down the best lycra short is the Sugoi RS Flex Pro, and a whole lot cheaper than the PI micros (i own both in bibs)

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    Best? Probably some fine European lycra like Assos. Best for the money? Voler, hands down. Sure, there are better short than Voler but not for under $50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew
    Best? Probably some fine European lycra like Assos. Best for the money? Voler, hands down. Sure, there are better short than Voler but not for under $50.

    http://www.velowear.com/
    Nothing has lasted like my old pairs of Performance shorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew
    Best for the money? Voler, hands down. Sure, there are better short than Voler but not for under $50.

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    red herring time..

    it totally depends on your body and what fits YOU!.

    I'm a little partial towards voler and sugoi. They seem to fit me best so I find them comfortable. I think that performance shorts are pretty comfortable also, but I tend to wear them out a little quicker than others.

    I've gone tried Pearl Izumis, but I've only had success with one style, microsensor bibs. The rest of them just, hmmm, rub me wrong...

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    second the sugoi RS.

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    I've got a pair each of the pearl izumi ultrasensor lycra and baggies. the chamois is super comfortable, even on 6+ hour rides I've had no problems. lycra is a very personal thing though, what works for one person won't for another, but the PI's have been really good to me. They seem to last pretty well too and stand up to crashes and abrasions.

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    Yup, Performance Century

    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte
    Nothing has lasted like my old pairs of Performance shorts.

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    Performance Century shorts last for years and have a very good chamoix and a low price when they are on sale ($49 full retail, about $35 on sale). They size a little bit large I think (it's been a while since I bought any).

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    I looooove the Assos bibs I recently picked up. But they're awfully expensive ($200ish on eBay) and they may not be that durable off-road. I really believe the PI Microsensor shorts are worth every penny.

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    With the Voler shorts, you can also fly the MTBR colours!

    http://www.mtbr.com/author/jerseys.shtml

    I bought one pair, liked them enough that I ordered 3 more.



    (Matching jersey available too.)

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    The Volers are my favorites, too.

    Get the bibs.
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    Voler "Roadbike Review" shorts and jerseys are also available at the link above, including bib shorts.

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    Sizing ?

    Do the Voler shorts run small? I'm needing some new shorts. Been using Sugois' but they tend to be on the smaller size when compared to others

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    I used their sizing chart, and the shorts (& jersey) I received fit like I expected.

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    Second assos FI-13 - the best and cannot be beaten. Mine are 3.5 years old but still going strong. No complains about durability. Voler is close in sizing to assos - I have both in size L and they both fit well. How about these? On sale at moots.com for $55. I have a pair and they are OK.
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    The Pearls are definitely worth the money. Microsensors and Ultrasensors are top notch. I've got both and love them.

    Another thing to consider - I don't know any other apparel company that will honor a lifetime warranty. Pearl will. 10 year old jacket with a bad zipper? No problem. Stitching bad on a pair of 3 year old shorts? No problem. That's worth the extra bucks alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH
    I used their sizing chart, and the shorts (& jersey) I received fit like I expected.
    Agreed. And in case they do not fit they include a pre-paid return envelope for exchange. Never had to use it.
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    ASSOS are kings when it comes to shorts for riding.

    Expensive but very nice.
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    Assos Roubaix, nothing like 'em IMO. Nothing costs like 'em either unfortunately. .

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    Bibs

    I've been slowly moving up the food chain in bibs.
    Voler bibs are very nice for the price -- on sale through June if you're on the email list

    Canari Pro bibs are nice (find at Sierra Trading Post right now $49) --feel heavy duty but seem to breath well and not get too hot.

    Castelli -- bibs w/ Kiss or above chamois Very nice, lighter feeling than the Voler and Canari bibs (scored some at Sierra Trading Post a couple of months ago)

    I like all of the above bibshorts they all have good chamois pads. I have several pairs of Volers, a pair of Canari Pro, and a Castelli Kiss Bib that I save for long hot days in the saddle. I'm a bargain shopper and I only buy clothes when I can get them at closeout or sale prices.

    Had good luck with Black Bottoms & Giordana as well.

    Pearl Izumi's low level shorts don't seem to hold up all that well, stitching around the chamois comes apart.

    mc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch
    Do the Voler shorts run small? I'm needing some new shorts. Been using Sugois' but they tend to be on the smaller size when compared to others

    the beauty of Voler is they include a postage-paid envelope for exchanges... so you can buy what you think will fit and exchange if needed, or buy 2 sizes if you are in between and return the one that doesn't fit

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    Voler all the way

    Voler is all I've worn for 8 years. Tried a few others and haven't liked them. The price is great. They've got my card on file and all I've got to do is give em a call and two or three days later the shorts are here.
    You even get candy with the orders sometimes. I like candy.

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