Frustrating. After wearing their Ultra bibs for over 10 years because they fit perfectly and were a fantastic value, I'm frustrated. For a couple of model years, I've tried the new Ultras. First ones had great fabric and chamois, but were about 2 sizes too small. After a few returns, I ended up with the right size and I still ride them. Based on this, and reviews of the newest model, I decided to pay the non-sale price of $110.
First impressions were great. Top quality fabric feels like its not there, the length is just right, a well designed and comfy chamois, and the Medium size fit again. Yay! Almost. The straps are about an inch short. They fit, but way too tight. And, I'm a pretty skinny guy without massive shoulders. Then, you take them for a spin...
Within minutes, the legs are riding up. What starts as a 10.5" inseam quickly turns into a 7.5" inseam. And where does that fabric go? It bunches up at the top of your legs. REALLY uncomfortable. So, you coast a bit and pull them down. 15min later, they've hiked up again.
So, I sprung even more $ for bibs from another well known brand from CO. Guess what, their legs stay in place. What is missing from the Ultras? Silicone. There's just not enough gripper material on the inside of the bottom panel to keep them in place. Come on, folks.
I used to recommend these shorts to all my friends. Now, I don't recommend buying these until Performance verifies that they've fixed the strap length and leg grippers!
I have an older pair of these bib shorts and they are really comfortable. However, there are two flaws with this newer version. First, as the other reviewer noted, the inseam is pretty short; if you like wearing short shorts, you'll be happy -- otherwise, you'll miss the comfort. Second (and this is the worst), the chamois isn't flat-stitched around the edges. This results in chafing -- the worst I've ever had in a pair of shorts. I can't believe they didn't flat-stitch them. I'll never buy them again.
I have several pair of these shorts from a few years back, purchased under the former Performance Bike. They have been some of my favorite shorts ever so I was glad to see them offered now. My hope was they would be similar to the shorts I have but unfortunately they are different in two key areas for me. First, the inseam is much shorter. Don't know what inseam these are but I like a long inseam (10" preferred). Second, the waist is cut much higher than before, and because these are bibs it makes it very difficult when it's time for a natural break unless you remove your jersey and drop the straps. On the plus side the padding is comfortable and the shorts appear to be well made.
It would be helpful if Performance would include specs and sizing on their website. Right now it's difficult to know what size to order if you're not familiar with the product, or if the product will suite your needs. Had more info been available I would not have ordered these shorts to begin with.
Felt smaller in size to previous Performance Ultra bibs. Chamois pad still the same type and quality.
I have been using the ultra bib shorts for several years now. Great shorts good fit overall I wish there were better grippers at the bottom of the legs though. Chamois is good doesn't bind for me, anyway. Will continue to use unless they come up with something better. These are also well priced.
Comfortable and fit well, two stars because the seams rip after just a few rides.
I have been riding in Performance Ultra bibs for many, many years. Last year I ordered two pairs and they were backordered. About every two months I got an e-mail asking me to continue the backorder or cancel the order the order. Ultimately, Performance canceled the order, so I knew they must have trouble sourcing the product. Ultimately, they came back in stock and I ordered a pair. Wow! What a disappointment!! There are not the Ultra bibs of old. As other reviewers have noted, there is no sticky material on the bottom of the legs, so they ride up your thigh. And the bib straps are about 3" shorter than they used to be, making them almost unusable for my 6'5" frame. Shame ion Performance - this is a terrible substitute for what used to be a go-to product for me.
I do like the bibs , however I have several pairs of older bibs in XL and theses are XXL and as they fit my seat area they are about three inches shorter from mid crotch to the top of the straps. When I put them on the straps over the shoulders is extremely tight and very uncomfortable. I will return them as I can’t handle the shorter straps .
I have no idea how or why the strap length was changed, I can not wear them !!
I have others that are 33 inches from crotch to the end of the straps , these are 29 inches, that’s a huge difference!
The fit is poor at best . From the croch to the top of the straps is 29 inches,, I have several other pairs that 33 inches from croch to top of strap .. when I did get them on ,, way to short and tight , no way could I wear them for even a short ride ..
I had to mail them back for a return that cost me 17 bucks , when just ten miles away was a Preformace distributor, I they said I couldn’t take returners unless it came back as USP . I did get my refund via email notice and I did order two more pairs of XXL , I pray to God they fit .
The bibs were great except the fit was way off , I don’t know who changed what but they are smaller than another pair of the same type .!
Best Performance bibs ever. Low price, high quality and long distance comfort.
I love these shorts. They stay centered on my rear and they are very comfortable.
Nice, but to small. Wish I could exchange for larger pair.
Great bib short for the money! I've already gotten 2 seasons out of my old pair, I'm sure I will get at least one more season out of them. In sure the new pair will last me the same.
Very comfortable; a good tight fit; has kept me comfortable on long rides. I ordered one pair for trial. After my first ride, I ordered two more.