This was my first real cycling clothing
purchase, which I've avoided for ages. But it was worth the wait: as far as cycling clothes go, these knickers are really cute. In fact, they're kind of fab just as regular clothing
. The material is more matte rather than shiny, and it's thin but has UPF 50 protection, which I'm big on. I like that they don't have the usual silicone beading around the bottom seams, as this style is very pretty on and they don't ride up at all. I wasn't too sure about the chamois, though that's more of a general outlook on the chamois concept than anything specific to these knickers! It's the same one that Pearl Izumi
uses in (I think) all of the Select level shorts/pants, so there's no sacrificing of performance relative to regular, less stylish cycling shorts. I bought these with long rides in mind, i.e. 50 miles and over, and while I haven't taken them out for a long day yet, I'm happy with them: They breath well, they're comfortable in the saddle, and they are actually something I want to wear!