Pearl Izumi Ultrasensor Short Shorts

3.5/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $100.00


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Product Description

Pearl Izumi Ultrasensor Short. The short known for its comfort and durability gets a design update and a chamois upgrade.


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by adrian

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2013

Strengths:    Outstanding quality and durability. 3 major wipeouts and never a tear!!!!

Weaknesses:    Minimum padding. but ok.

Bottom Line:   
I bought a pair of these in 1998 and used them weekly, 50kms PER DAY until about 2008 with 3 major wipeouts and they stood the test of time(10+years) . AMAZING QUALITY, and Durability. Great Chamois. Elastics finally dried out this May and replaced them with Pearl Izumi Elite Energy today. Another amazing product. My Pearl Izumi jerseys are from 1998 and not even faded. Amazing!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Denver

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2008

Strengths:    Fit, comfort, chamois

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the Slice Ultrasensors. I've used countless shorts in my 19 years mountain biking, lycras and baggies, and these are by far the best chamois I've ever had. The all day comfort is great. I'm going to buy some more of these before they quit making them.

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Favorite Trail:   Reno-Flag-Bear

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $76.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   many PI's, zoic, bellweather, sugoi

Bike Setup:   Yeti 575 xt/xtr, stans 355 rims by Dave's Wheels, setup lighter than stock for more cross country than downhill

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ron ruffini a Cross Country Rider from warren, mi

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2007

Strengths:    great fit and material

Weaknesses:    1 piece pad

Bottom Line:   
My PI ultra sensors rock!! I feel bad knocking the new ones, but with 700+ miles on my old ones I have never had ANY problems with discomfort or chaffing.

The new onee, with the 1 piece liner are horrible. After a 23 mile ride, I was left with a couple of very raw areas!!! The old shorts had terry cloth on the sides of the pad which worked real well. I will be returning these to REI very shortly.

The quality of the product looks just as good as my old shorts, but the pad was a disappointment.

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Favorite Trail:   addison oaks, ishpeming

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   rei

Similar Products Used:   PI ultra sensor - old style (with 3d padding and terry cloth on inner thighs)

Bike Setup:   specialized stumpjumper, xt drivetrain, xtr shifters

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Joseph a Cross Country Rider from napa ca usa

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2006

Strengths:    Ultrasensor Fabric and 8 panel cut

Weaknesses:    The chamois, the chamois, and the chamois

Bottom Line:   
The previous PRT chamois in the ultrasensor short was a great product, it was incredibly comfortable, i have two pair still. Unfortunately, the new 3d elite chamois now in the ultrasensor short falls far short of that comfort level. They have left a channel right down the middle of the pad that has absolutely no padding. In theory if you dont move around on your seat you are supported by your sit bones and the padding isn't necessary, but who Mt. bikes and does not slide around on there seat? Everyone is built differently of course, but for my anatomy This padding less channel, just doesn't work, it is just painfull to ride with these shorts. Now I am scrambling to find some old stock ultrasensor shorts with the PRT chamois. I gave those shorts 5 flaming chilis for comfort.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   ebay.com

Similar Products Used:   PI Ultrasensor short with PRT chamois, which for me was awsome

Bike Setup:   Turner Flux, XT, Daves Wheels, Avid brakes, Thomson sp + stem, and CK headset and hubs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dude a Cross Country Rider from Indianapolis

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2005

Strengths:    Looks cool

Weaknesses:    Chamois is worthless, stitching around chamois is very irritating. The chamois material itself is very sandpaper like.

Bottom Line:   
These shorts are torture. They rub you raw after about thirty minutes! I am sitting here with my butt on fire because the stiching has rubbed everything raw. Please do yourself a favor and boycott these shorts. The new chamois is just plain awful. My older PI shorts were so much better. I think I will stick with Specialized shorts from now on because I can sit on that on for hours with no chafing.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $64.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Older PI Ultrasensors with the old style chamois. Specialized body Geometry Shorts.

Bike Setup:   Road and MTB

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior from Austin, Texas

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2003

Weaknesses:    durability
pad a bit too thick


Bottom Line:   
Wore out two pairs of these right where the pad is sewn into the leg. Fabric is too thin and too weak. First the stitches wore away so there was a big gap between the pad and the short, then the fabric tore right through. Not much use and most of it was on my road bike. Older Pearl shorts are still holding up great. These suck.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   internet

Similar Products Used:   other pearl products

Bike Setup:   gary fisher hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Racer from Lafayette, California

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2003

Strengths:    These shorts are extremely comfortable, durable, pretty good looking, and doesn't restrict movement whatsoever.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
These are a great pair of shorts that will last a long time, and will keap everything in working order.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Similar Products Used:   Other Pearl Izumis.

Bike Setup:   2002 Specialized FSRxc, Mavic Crossmax, XT/XTR, Fox Float RL front and back, Thomson, Selle Italia, etc...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Long Island, NY

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2003

Strengths:    Great fabric; nice pad; awesome cut

Weaknesses:    The pad doesn't go far enough in the front, which makes it a bit less comfortable than it would be otherwise

Bottom Line:   
Incredible! There is almost no discomfort, esp. compared to my old Trico Sport shorts. The cut is great, it fits like a glove. The fabric is pretty light and breathable. Overall: great.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Trico Sports gel shorts (POS)

Bike Setup:   '98 Cannondale F500 upgraded with XTR brakes & shifters

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jason Yunker a Weekend Warrior from Santa Rosa CA

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2003

Strengths:    Chamois

Weaknesses:    Fabric lacks strength

Bottom Line:   
The UltraSensor shorts are a big jump from the Attacks, allowing more movement with more give, and a big improvement on the chamois, but they both suffer from a lack of tensile strength. In less than 8 months, I've blown out a pair of Attacks and a pair of UltraSensors from nothing more unusual than contact with the seat during aggressive riding times. The P.I. Rep says the warranty doesn't cover that kind of abuse, to which my reply is: My testicles are still intact... why ain't your shorts? The shorts get a five for feel, but a two for function. and a big fat goose egg for PearlIzumi standing behind their warranty... Overall score: 3. I'm switching to Primal.

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Favorite Trail:   all of 'em

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   Sports Basement

Similar Products Used:   Zoic Baggies, Primal Wear

Bike Setup:   N/A

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wenona a Cross Country Rider from Albuquerque, NM, USA

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2003

Strengths:    Awesome short! I have and old pair that doesn't have the new PRT chamois and they don't get worn much anymore - basically only used for spin class. The UltraSensor's fit well and provide good muscle support. They hold up really well, too. My husband has a pair that he's crashed in numerous times. The only time he got a hole in them was when he slide down a steep embankment and the shorts got caught on a log (that snag prevented him sliding much further down the hill). It's a very small hole and it hasn't gotten any bigger.

Weaknesses:    A bit pricey unless you can find them on sale.

Bottom Line:   
Buy these shorts if you want comfort and durability! Like a previous post said, think of this as an investment. If you've ever ridden in poorly designed shorts you know how uncomfortable it is (my old pair of Sugoi's were like this). Do yourself and your "seated area" a favor and buy these shorts. For you ladies that like a little shorter length, try the Pearlie Attack shorts.

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Favorite Trail:   North Foothills on warm winter days

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Sportz Outdoors

Similar Products Used:   Sugoi and PI Attack shorts

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper hardtail with RS Duke Race fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Glenn Vernes a Cross Country Rider from Middletown, CT USA

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2002

Strengths:    Comfy, durable, great fit

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
The best shorts I've ever used. They're comfortable, they fit well, and they last a long, long time. I've never worn a pair out. They also don't have that silly butt-cheek patch that a lot of the Euro brands have. Better than the more expensive Microsensors, by the way (see my review). They're also a better value than cheap shorts (unless you crash and tear up your shorts a lot), because they're a lot more comfortable and last a lot longer. Think of them as an investment.

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Favorite Trail:   Cockaponsett, Chester CT

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $75.00

Similar Products Used:   Performance, cheap Sugois

Bike Setup:   Sugar 1, Bomber, XTR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William March a Cross Country Rider from Chandler, Az.

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2002

Strengths:    Wears very well after many spills and washes. I am average size 5'10" 175 lbs and they fit good.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is a much better short than the more expensive microsensor. Average ride is 1 to 2 hours in desert and never have any problems. Have went down on asphalt, sand,and rocks and they have yet to tear. As my other shorts wear out I will replace them with these.

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Favorite Trail:   National

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $85.00

Purchased At:   Landis

Similar Products Used:   microsensor from pearl - pace

Bike Setup:   Super light with Nisene Fizik seat

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