Reviewed by tuffguppy from Utah on Thursday, March 12, 2015
I have a 32 inch waist. My quad is 21 inches. Small fits just a little more snug than other bike shorts I have. I usually wear a medium. I compared this to an expensive, high quality, made in Italy short I have(custom by DNA Cycling). The pad on this G2 short is a little thicker. Not much though. The expensive short pad thickness varies more across the pad. But the position of the pads(where they're sewn into the short) and the dimensions of the pads are almost identical. The Italian pad is 1/4" longer and wider. The G2 pad is stiffer, but the Italian pad has two years of use. Maybe with use the G2 pad will become more flexible. This short is meant to be worn while seated on a bike saddle. If you are walking around in it, it will feel like a diaper, and look like one. They are made in China. 82% polyester, 18% spandex. The Italian shorts I have are 80% nylon and 20% spandex. The G2 fabric is heavier and stiffer. I think this G2 short is comfortable. I bought one, wore it a couple times, then bought three more. I ride 300 to 400 miles a month. Road and mountain biking.
Reviewed by BES cyclist from Illinois on Thursday, January 8, 2015
This is my first pair of Canari brand shorts. I found them to be a nice product, especially considering the price I paid at STP. The pad is thick, probably the thickest pad of any of my cycling shorts. These seem to run a bit large too - I typically wear a large cycling short but in these a medium fits perfect. I use them for spin class and they work great.
Reviewed by Tom from Wisconsin on Monday, October 27, 2014
I'm trying to replace an old pair of Canari bike shorts that were perfect, so I tried these. Close, but no go. If you have big ol' biker quads, these would be a good choice. For average to slender quads, they will be loose. Chamois is really plush, and would be great on long rides, but set a little far back for my liking. I have to return them for something with more of a "compression" fit.
Reviewed by TSL RAAM cyclist from OHIO on Sunday, October 12, 2014
I wear a Medium in the Canari Vortex Gel. I thought I would upgrade to a more expensive and higher grade cycling short. Upon arrival, they looked like a premium short. So I tried them on. Way to big and the pad was to big as well. Bunched up in the groin area. The Canari web site said the shorts would be a tighter fit. Not the case. So I called up Sierra TP for an exchange on my old faithful Vortex shorts (medium). I got 5 pair of shorts and change back from the 4 I returned.
I am an ultra marathon cyclist. I ride over 6000 miles a year. Also ride in RAAM qualifiers. Save your money and buy the Vortex Gel.
Reviewed by S from California on Sunday, September 28, 2014
Bought a size down (M) and they were too snug. Went with the L for a 180lb/5'11" man that wears a 34/36" waist pant. Bought a second pair because the he said they were 'the perfect' riding shorts. Liked the draw string and the pad wasn't too bulky. Length was perfect too.
Reviewed by rdtindsm from small town Iowa on Friday, June 6, 2014
As a long time cyclist, I am experiencing problems with chafing in the crease between my thighs and pubic area. The skin has become very sensitive and is essentially a thin skinned burn area. I have to spend a lot of time trying to protect this area.
While the chamois does feel like diapers when you first put them on, they are comfortable on the bike. I suspect the gel padding has enough give to help prevent friction chaffing. It does seem to help.