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Old 07-26-15, 11:43 AM
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Gel Shorts

I know I hate gel on saddles, in any form; but I've always wondered about gel shorts.

Performance has a real good price this weekend, and I am tempted to buy one pair of Century Gel, and one pair of Club II.

Will I be really disappointed in them, given line 1? Or would I be better off just buying a couple pair of their Club II shorts. Either way it will cost $40 for two pair...

I have always been very satisfied with Performance shorts, as they are excellent quality at reasonable cost. Their guarantee can't be beat!

Woe is me, woe is me........
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Old 07-26-15, 12:02 PM
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I tried a pair long ago. Threw them away after 2 rides. Maybe they're better now. Maybe not. The pad was kinda hard, didn't breathe, didn't conform well. There's a reason no one else uses it.
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Old 07-26-15, 12:37 PM
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They claim the new pad is better than what they used to have, but the possibility of feeling like I'm rolling on the seat has me concerned......

I should know better, but always interested in trying new things...........

like I said - woe is me, oh woe is me!
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Old 07-26-15, 04:01 PM
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Once and done. Did 105 miles in the rain today using Sugoi Evolution shorts and they were great.
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Old 07-26-15, 04:07 PM
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I use Club II's thery work for my old backside. Value for dollar spent.
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Old 07-26-15, 04:16 PM
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I tried some gel shorts a few years back. They were not from Performance. One side of the chamois "deflated" after a few rides; therefore, my experience with that type of shorts has not been good.
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Old 07-26-15, 04:28 PM
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I tried them in the past.
The problem is: IF they put the gel only under the sit bones, then it would be a good idea.
BUT the idiots always make the entire chamois gel-filled, so it bulges up against your soft parts where you DO NOT want pressure.
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Old 07-26-15, 05:25 PM
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I tried them a number of years ago and I didn't like how they squished around while sitting plus they felt like I'd had an accident in my shorts...........But I might not be a great example because I tend to like less padding.
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Old 07-26-15, 06:00 PM
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I bought a pair of gel shorts from Nashbar a few years ago. They are not great. Too much padding and they don't breath well. and so I relegated them to use in spin classes, where they get some use In rotation. They work alright for 45 to 55 minute classes. Not so well for rides of an hour or longer.
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Old 07-27-15, 07:12 AM
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Thanks for the input - I decided to pass on the gel; but, 3 pair of the Club II for $66 was too hard to pass up!
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Old 07-27-15, 08:11 AM
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IMO, it's all about moisture wicking and removing heat. Padding is not a benefit.
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Funny story about gel shorts... a number of years ago I bought a paid from Performance. Oh my gosh, most comfortable shorts ever! They were my "go-to" century shorts.

So on a century... About 50 miles in I started to feel uncomfortable down there... like there was no padding at all. My friend rides up and says "what is that on your butt?" I pulled over and the gel had somehow come out of the padding and was just sitting on my butt. Of course could not ride with a "sausage" on my butt. I took the gel out and how to completed the ride with no padding whatsoever. Miserable century...

I now just buy shorts with normal chamois and learn to sit up off the saddle now and again to relieve pressure. Much better than something weird on your butt!
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Old 07-27-15, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by baron von trail View Post
IMO, it's all about moisture wicking and removing heat. Padding is not a benefit.
^This!
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Old 07-27-15, 02:37 PM
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Here's a novel Idea,,

Harden up !

I got after it, Got me some muscle In my back side now, I worked on my Glutes, It was hard work I tell ya !
My wife asked what happened to my flat rear end, She seemed quite shocked.
I do have padded shorts, I don't need to wear them, and I often don't.

It was true, the Harden up thing. I did exactly that. I started riding harder and more without concern for my backside, It got tuffer.

Baron von trail nailed it, "Moisture and heat,, Bad ! Thinner breathable shorts,, Good !"

Your Monkey but Is caused by using more and more padding.. Don't Do It ...

HARDEN UP !

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Old 07-27-15, 05:53 PM
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