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Hmmmm... I have liked Pearl Izumis for a long time now, but it was only recently that I discovered why, when I went to buy shorts of other brands.
It is well known that shorts of one brand favoured by an individual might well be hell to wear for another, and much has to do, in my estimation, with the size and cut of the chamois or padded insert.
Too wide and the pad will bunch up to become an annoying chafe point between the legs and groin and butt. Too narrow, and it won't provide the padding in the sitbone area, and may result in other chafe issues.
PIs are not a commonly stocked short in my area, nor are they easily available on the internet at reasonable prices.
So, I have been looking at other brands, and it became a bit of a lottery as to what was going to be similar to the PI cut. Fortunately, it looks like I have found another brand (a virtually unknown one in North America), at a great price and I will be buying up four of them as training shorts and for short long-distance rides (imperial centuries and 200 randonnees).
So, ECT, don't get too enthusiastic about your new shorts based on the recommendation of one other poster, whose bodyshape you don't have a clue about. I hope it works out for you, but be aware that there might be issues with Voler shorts simply because of the shape of your butt and groin region. You might have to experiment with other brands to find the shape that suits you.