Take the plunge.

If you've never worn bib shorts before and have been hesitant to buy a pair, Pearl Izumi's new ELITE Pursuit Bib Shorts make a versatile introduction to the world of bibs. Admittedly, the fit and price of bib shorts can be intimidating, but with the ELITE Pursuit, you'll get the chance to try a more affordable, versatile option — and you'll soon understand why everyone in your weekly ride club is telling you that you just need to try bibs already.

Pearl Izumi starts with its tried-and-true ELITE Transfer In-R-Cool fabric to give the shorts a contoured fit that won't bunch or chafe while rapidly pulling moisture away from your skin so you can stay cool and dry as you ride. The shorts' drop tail construction addresses one of the more valid complaints many of us have heard and made about bib shorts: they don't easily accommodating mid-ride nature breaks. The drop tail design promises to make those occasions far less of a hassle.

Pearl Izumi includes its ELITE Pursuit 1:1 Chamois, which combines plush, high-density foam layered under forgiving four-way stretch fabric to ensure you stay comfortable without feeling restricted as you begin to take on longer, more demanding rides. Lightweight, breathable mesh bib straps sit cleanly under a jersey or over a base layer without trapping heat, while silicone leg grippers promise to keep the legs' nine-inch inseams firmly in place without making you question whether or not they're cutting off your circulation.

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The Elite

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you've been riding around with some stock chamois that came with bike shorts that you purchased because it was a good deal, like me, your life will be forever changed by these bibs. I used them multiple times in a row (probably gross, but I was camping) and it didn't hinder my biking ability to stay on my saddle the next day. If you are a novice mountain biker like myself, the main thing that you have to get to get used to is the tender bum after a long day of riding. These have helped alleviate the tenderness. I like the bib style, so I don't have to keep pulling up my shorts during my ride. I would for sure recommend these bibs to anyone that needs that cushy seat.

First Time Bib User

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I have only used these once but they fit nice and the lines felt cleaner than my other spandex. It's also nice to have a little color in the shorts as all of mine are black.