As one of the women-specific pairs on test we were expecting the Elite In-R-Cool to fit better than men’s.
However, we found the shorts came up rather short and baggy round the thighs, despite fitting perfectly in the bib itself. Perhaps better for women who are a little fuller in the thigh.
Pearl Izumi has tried to cater for ‘comfort breaks’, which traditionally involves disrobing from the top down.
While the pull-down pouch worked great for relieving yourself, we noticed the shorts slipping down as we rode and felt self-conscious at possible unwanted exposure.