I did it, ordered online from Love2Pedaldotcom. 32 bucks for a pair of shorts, but I went for the 2 pair for $57. Hey, might as well, only one dollar more for shipping. I just can't myself to sepnd the $200 for some models in the shops. Models that don't impress me while checking out the chamois padding.
At first sight upon arrival, I was pretty happy viewing the padding and chamois. It just LOOKED comfy! But after a little further inspection, I was disappointed with the thickness of the material. Hmm, I held it to the light looking through the somewhat thin material. The worn PI's and Performance shorts I had were still thicker and less transparent than the new shorts. Uh oh, I'm a little worried about the exposure factor! But I did luck out that I decided to go with the 3X as I usually wear a 2X. Figuring that the stretch would be less, I shuld be safe. First ride was alone so I had no reports from behind. The next ride was with Gina on the tandem. So I'm sure she would say something after having a closeup view of my butt all day hehehe! She assured me that nothing was showing after 3 hours of inspection!
So like I said, I was a little disappointed with material thickness, but a good save by going bigger than usual. Waistband? I'm not crazy about it, feels a little narrow but the biblovers wouldn't have any complaints. I can't really take away points in this category as I'm not a biblover and most shorts have a narrow band anyways.
My first ride in the shorts was a solo 55 miler on the San Gabriel trail. This trail is a little rougher than the trail I frequent so the padding was much appreciated on this ride. Short felt a little strange at the start as I'm used to wearing PI's. But by midride, they were fitting like a glove! I took a 10 mintue break on the 55 miler so not much rest time. Did this on purpose to test the padding. I'd have to say the shorts were more than comfy as far as the chamois and padding. I was quite pleased in this department. The most important dept in my book. I can deal with other issues as far as shorts but comfort is number one, and these were comfy! At the end of the ride, I was likin' them alot! 55 miles and the butt was happy, what more could I ask for?
The next ride was another 50 miler but on our tandem. Wow, big difference form the PI shorts! Much better and what I was expecting after seeing the comfy looking thick pad. 50 more miles on the tandem and the butt was still happy! The shorts gave a broken in feeling after the first 5 miles or so. I was worried about doing a long ride in new shorts but not a problem with these suckers! MY Pearl Izumi Ultra Sensors were $105 but the comfort level sucked compared to the Falconi's. The material thickness on the PI's are better but 3 times the price! As long as the Falconi's don't fade before too long, I can live with them!
So in review, comfort a big PLUS! Padding and chamois great IMO! Thickness, a little too thin for my liking but nothing shows as of yet, but still new! Durability opinion will take some time but concerns stem from material thickness. I've never bought a pair of shorts this thin so time will tell if the crack factor is an issue.
Well it's nearly cold weather season (for us Cali folk) so if worse comes to worse, I can always wear them under tights and have a comfy ride. If they wear nicley and don't become too transparent too soon I'll be very happy! But only time will tell!
Padding great, chamois great but in reality I'm thinking for thicker material, it just might cost me $200 that I'm not willing to pay!
105 happy miles this weekend, can't ask for more at this price!..Only that they last!
BTW, I have a $5 discount coupon. If it doesn't work after this review , no biggie! I think an honest review is worth more than $5!
Diggin' my Falconis!
Approaching the DAM. Everybody loves the steep lil climb to the upper section of the trail.
Close up of the Santa Fe Dam