Pearl Izumi Attack Shorts

3.1/5 (21 Reviews)
MSRP : $59.99

Product Description

Pearl Izumi Attack Shorts: A Pearl Izumi favorite, the ergonomically designed eight-panel men's Attack Short delivers comfort, durability, and a great fit...

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by cebass a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2011

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    everything you need in a bike short. BUYER BEWARE!!! the new models are BAD.

Bottom Line:   
I had a pair of attack shorts I bought a few years ago and liked them. Good for all but 80+mile rides. I use PI pro shorts for long rides. Anyway I wore out the old attack shorts (threadbare in back) and got a new pair. Very disappoiinted in new shorts. Material is less stretchy (decreased spandex %), leg grippers don't work as well so, legs ride up, padding is more bulky than old style and is now a cheap foam type that bunches up in the back like a diaper full of cr&p. The padding also is less comfortable. So, PI made the shorts cheaper and less comfortable to save a few $, but they lost me as a customer.

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Favorite Ride:   hhh

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   amazon

Similar Products Used:   PI pro, PI attack (3+ year old version)

Bike Setup:   Giant TCRC1

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by johnlisa5135 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2011

Strengths:    Good entry level short for new road bikers going up to 30-40 miles. I don't think you'll find better at $50.

Weaknesses:    Same as everyone else. Pad is like a diaper, seams split open (5'9", 145lb, so no fat jokes, please), sometimes catch on saddle when standing or getting off bike.

Bottom Line:   
This was my first road bike short, purchased in 2004, from the store that preceded Dick's (I forget their name). The difference between the Attack and the $20 pair I had was dramatic, and for the first time I was able to bike 30-40 miles in relative comfort.

Ah, how standards change with experience! When the front seam split, I bought a pair of Sugoi RS Flex shorts. They were $100, and WAY better constructed and more comfortable. My wife fixed the PI shorts (at least 3 times), but I only use them on 8-10 mile rides now. For casual rides of 10-30 miles, I used the Sugoi shorts, and recommend them over the Attack shorts unconditionally.

Then I bought a Cervelo RS, and saw a pair of Cervelo Test Team bib shorts. I'd never tried bibs, and these are made by Castelli (cervelo branded Castelli Free Aero Bibs). They were a revelation. The Progetto X2 chamois is incomparable; much better than the Sugoi (which I still consider terrific). The non-elastic waistband improves breathing, and the non-elastic leg grippers hold perfectly. The bibs keep the chamois in place better than any short could, and the fabric breathes like nothing else I've tried. Since the Cervelo Test Team folded, I was able to buy 2 pairs for $250, which is about half the price of the Castelli Free Bibs without the team logos. Such a deal! I wear them on all rides of over an hour.

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Favorite Ride:   The one I'm on

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Dick's Sporting Good

Similar Products Used:   Sugoi RS shorts, Castelli Free Bib shorts.

Bike Setup:   2009 Specialized Roubaix Pro (Dura-Ace), 2008 Cervelo RS (Dura-Ace), 2005 Bianchi Virata (Ultegra), 2006 Trek Pilot 2.1 (Upg. to Ultegra), 2000 Colnago Master X Light (Chorus), couple of Trek 7500 hybrids.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dennis French a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2010

Strengths:    Good quality materials,fit well. I liked the lower leg band. They fit lose at fist and then seem to stick to the leg well.

Weaknesses:    they irritate both sides of my rump. The string pulled trough the hole one time and it was a pain to get it back out. Tided a extra knot and it never happened again.

Bottom Line:   
I have used these PI for about 2 months and at first had no problem with them. I have increase my cadence speed (50rpm to 65rpm) to keep up with the club I joined 2 weeks ago. Now I get irritation where the ridge of the padding stops on both sides. It's really painful to ride more than 40 miles. I thought that it might be the soap I use to wash them. Not the case! I broke out my old schwinn shorts and had no problem doing 40 miles. I think the high ridge of the padding causes a sharp corner to rub up against you soft tissue rubbing it raw. Just my opinion. On the bright side, Performance refunded the price for in store credit!! Go Performance!!! I bought a cheaper pair of Performance shorts, hope they solve the problem. Seems as tough others have the same problem as I do with the PI brand. I am a 200 pound rider. Was curious if the others that have the issues I did are in the 200# range? I have always liked PI clothing in the past, and am sorry to write a bad review of the attack shorts.

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Favorite Ride:   sweetwater road

Price Paid:    $6400.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   performance,schwinn,sugo

Bike Setup:   Lemond Zerick,san marco saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2010

Strengths:    VERY comfortable on any distance ride. Did a 116 mile tour of Okinawa last year with no problems.

Weaknesses:    Maybe a little more pricey than other shorts, but well worth every penny.

Bottom Line:   
In my opinion Pearl Izumi are the best cycling shorts you can get for the money. I've got one or two PI shorts and they are more comfortable and wear better than the other three brands I have. You get what you pay for and Pearl Izumi puts out a top notch product.

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Favorite Ride:   Tour de Okinawa

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Louis Garneau and Adidas

Bike Setup:   Specialized Allez

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2009

Strengths:    comfort

Weaknesses:    stitching

Bottom Line:   
I have used this short for about 5000 miles. I have no soreness issues and think the short is great. I have had stitching issues with the chamios where I had to have it re stitched. considering getting a couple new pairs to replace the ones i have.

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Favorite Ride:   Holland Mountain

Price Paid:    $64.00

Purchased At:   Perfomance Bike

Bike Setup:   Madone 5.2

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