Reviewed by Smithhammer from Idaho on Thursday, October 1, 2015
These Canari shorts are a great fit and well made. I'm normally a 33-34 waist, and I ordered the Med. and they fit perfectly. The gel pad is really nice. The only think I can't comment on yet (and why I only gave 4 stars) is I haven't had them long enough to comment on long-term durability. But they seem like they will hold up just fine, and at STP prices, are a great value.
Reviewed by MacBike Pro from Central Iowa on Friday, September 25, 2015
1 STAR FOR DURABILITY
5 STARS FOR COMFORT AND FIT
I'm a big fan of Canari gear, and this is a great pair of drawstring cycling shorts that fits well, is extremely grippy in the thighs (maybe a little too much,) and is rather thick in padding (red chamois.) These are my favorite shorts for long rides. HOWEVER, there are little triangular gel pelvic inserts that WILL MOVE if you are an active cyclist, use these shorts to ride off-road/cyclocross, or wash them a few times and run them through the spin cycle too fast, even on the gentle cycle. If you JUST SIT STILL on long rides, these are superb shorts. They would be my favorites, except that the gel inserts MOVE AROUND and get folded. I've sent back two already because of this problem. Luckily, Canari has a lifetime warranty (keep your receipt) and they've stood by their product for me.
Another minor problem, easily solved, is that the thigh grips are so grippy that if you don't fold them back now and then, you might get a red, raw, line where they have pulled at your skin. Just fold the grips over after an hour or two, and then back again.
I have since settled on the Vortex Gel shorts with the green chamois and though they aren't as thick, and don't have a drawstring, they do not have the 2 layer problem, and seem to be more durable.
Reviewed by Dudeman from Colorado on Friday, July 31, 2015
Love these cycling shorts. These seem to have more padding than most cycling shorts which results in comfort for me during long rides or spin cycling. My wife had been looking for a decent pair of cycling shorts and these (regardless that they don't make a Women's version) have helped her stay comfortable during spin cycling.
Reviewed by Geoff from Connecticut on Wednesday, June 10, 2015
I purchased these on recommendation from one of my riding buddies. They are my favorite chamois, by far. They're the kind I'll wear dirty, or do an extra wash to make sure I have them for my next ride. I've ordered a few pairs.
Reviewed by OmiBryan from Japan on Thursday, May 7, 2015
So these shorts are whatever. For very short rides (say 20km) , I guess they would be fine, but at that point why were padded shorts to begin with?
Anyways after 20km in they started to put pressure on the soft tissue in my groin area and caused numbing. In fact I had earlier onset of this numbing with these shorts then I did without shorts.
Google what people think about GEL chamois and everyone will tell you that it's not what you want. It's a gimmick. It's definitely not worth the money.
On top of that the pad is really thick and does look pretty unattractive when you are wearing them, more so than usual.
Anyways, the pearl izumi attack shorts I got for the same price are much better and comfortable.
To clarify, I recommend that you do not buy these shorts. You want a chamois with dense foam like all pro brands use. There are very affordable options here on STP. I recommend Pearl izumi, castelli, or sugoi. If these are Canari's pro line, i can't imagine what the other stuff they make is like.
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 BS 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.