When you are looking for a simple, straight forward, no-nonsense pair of bibs, you need look no further than the Pearl Izumi Attack Bib Shorts. The comfy fit and thoughtful use of materials will make these bib shorts as easy on the anatomy as they are on the pocket book. The core of any pair of shorts is the chamois pad; without a good one, you might as well wear your gym shorts out riding. The Pearl Izumi Race 3D Chamois is a comfort-oriented pad for riders who get in anywhere from two to seven days of riding in a week. It has been pre-shaped to fit the contours of your body and even has slightly denser padding than the P.R.O. Seamless Chamois to offer a touch more cushion. The advanced Pearl Izumi four-way stretch technology will keep the pad moving with you and wicking sweat so you won't have to worry about irritating, saddle sore-inducing friction. In addition to a pad that melds perfectly with your shape, the shorts have been given an anatomic eight-panel cut that will fit you like a second skin. Pearl Izumi used their Select Transfer fabric so these shorts wick sweat better than any pair of shorts or bibs currently in your closet. The Select Transfer fabric is the foundation for all the moisture management fabrics used in much more expensive Pearl Izumi products, so you can be sure of standard-setting performance. Not only that, but the flatlock seams won't bother you after a couple hours of riding in these bibs.The uppers make use of the Direct-Vent panels to help keep your upper body cool, while at the other end 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 Attack Bib Shorts have a nine inch inseam (size Medium). Reflective elements are included to keep you visible in low light. The Pearl Izumi Attack Bib Shorts are available in Black and Black/White. They come in sizes Small through XX-Large.
a Cross Country Rider
from Mars, PA, USA
Date Reviewed: September 15, 2009
Strengths: Very comfortable chamois. Very solid construction with a medium weight material. No problems in two years despite wearing 2-3 times a week for rides and trainer use (I alternate with another brand when washing and it holds up well in laundry). Leg bands grip well and the bib doesn't creep up.
Weaknesses: None I have found. They are a little pricey, but the value is they seem to hold up well.
Great bib short for long periods in the saddle. It can handle off road abuse and is comfortable where it needs to be. I would recommend it for anyone who wants some comfort when they ride.