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I ride MTB trails about 4-5 times a week and approx 55-65 miles per week. I have a tendency to wear out shorts as I ride a hard carbon saddle with no padding. I have several pairs of shorts ranging from mid $20s to $90s. Although these do not compare to high end shorts, they really put a hurt on the mid range bracket up to about $65 +/-. The fit is very good, the padding is better than just about everything I have tried under $50, Pearl Izumi included. This is actually my second pair as I have another with a different graphic design, yet same padding/construction that I've been using for about 2 months. The panels feel good in the right places and the legs have silicone to prevent riding up. If they made a solid black with just a small brand icon, they would be unbeatable. However, the colors of the graphics in the picture are pretty accurate. The yellow in these matches nicely with my O'Neil Elemental shirt (Black/Yellow/White).
I thought for a change, instead of paying fortune for Castelli shorts, I'd give these cheapies a go, not really expecting anything amazing. But, you know, whilst Castelli makes beautiful stuff, after wearing the sponeed shorts I am glad I didn't pay 3 times the price. I can't really find any real difference in the feel. It doesn't have Castelli on the side, but they feel no different, the quality is actually really good, so I am really wondering why I am paying so much for a nice name on the side. Really good shorts for a stunning price.
Great product, this is my 2nd pair, other products may have a bigger padding surface, but this ones are the perfect balance, big enough to make it comfortable for riding and eventual walking if needed. This may be an issue if you are looking for huge padding surface but for casual riding is more than enough. VERY important sizes are quite small, Im US medium and ordered large. fits perfect and both fabric and stitches are well made.
I am a PI fan and always have been. But before ragbrai I needed a new pair. Great price what the heck. After 1 training ride I bought 2 more pairs. Real test was riding consecutive days of 65 70 and 65 miles during ragbrai 2018. No chafe no bother and Best NO Numb butt!! I tossed my PI. Not sure yet on longevity but they rock. But heck I can buy 2-3 pairs and still cheaper than my pearl shorts!