Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (S)

Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (S)
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If you're a cyclist that demands the best technology at the best price, then look no further than the Performance Ultra Shorts. Designed in Chapel Hill, NC and made in the United States, the Ultra Shorts ensure you'll be riding at your best.

These shorts feature the new Ultra TMF Italian chamois with Skyving technology for seamless, pressure-free comfort, and its multi-density foam with Air Mesh layer provides shock absorption, breathability, and moisture-wicking. The shorts' high compression fabric has an embossed texture and uses push/pull technology to manage moisture while the six panel construction with abrasion-resistant side panels maintain a streamlined fit.

Coldblack technology reduces skin temperature under direct sunlight for the ultimate in cooling comfort on hot days and the an UPF 30+ rating means there's protection against the sun's harmful rays. Wide, sublimated leg bands are non-restrictive and the silicone interior helps to keep the shorts perfectly placed. Built with the same features found in high-end cycling shorts, the Performance Ultra Shorts give you all the benefits the pros are accustomed to.

Features: 

  • Nylon/spandex fabric blend with embossed texture improves aerodynamics, manages moisture, and provides high compression at a lighter weight
  • Abrasion-resistant side panels are made with a special knit that pulls perspiration from the surface of the skin and pushes it off the face of the material
  • Ultra TMF Italian chamois is anatomically shaped for long distance comfort, features multi-density foams to absorb vibrations, utilizes seamless Skyving technology to eliminate steps between foam layers, plus has a carbon brushed anti-bacterial top sheet
  • Italian made leg opening includes a wide sublimated leg band with silicone print to prevent them from riding up the leg
  • 6-panel design with high compression reduces muscle fatigue and speeds up muscle recovery
  • UPF 30+ sun protection
  • Flatlock seams eliminate chafing
  • Reflective accents enhance visibility in low-light conditions
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This product was added to our catalog on May 3, 2019

Verified Owner
Tuesday, Sep 24 2019 (about a year ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (M)
I've tried probably six different brands and styles of bike shorts, some of which were more expensive than the Performance Ultras. The Ultras fit me better and are the most comfortable at the end of a century ride. I have three pairs now and won't ride more than 50 miles with anything else.
Thursday, Jul 11 2019 (about a year ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (S)
Very nice bike shorts. When I shopped Nashbar for these I found very little information about sizing but I did find a description for an earlier version of the Ultra Shorts on the Performance site that said, "The advanced compression technology improves blood flow, and can increase the time to muscle fatigue. This does mean that the fit runs slightly smaller however, so if you're between sizes we'd recommend sizing up." I took this advice as I'm an older, less fit rider who has always purchased a size Large in other shorts such as Pearl Izumi, Garneau, or the old Descente AeroX shorts. So I sized up to an XL in these shorts and they fit appropriately. Take this advice with a grain of salt as I recognize that there are a lot of body types out there. I'm male, 5'9" 190 lbs, typically wear a size 36 waist in pants.
Verified Owner
Monday, Sep 28 2020 (yesterday)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (L)
Nice shorts that fit snugly but comfortably. I would like the lakes to be a couple inches longer. I am 6' 3", 180 lbs, 35" waist. I bought the large size. They fit well, but are maybe a little too snug. I will probably try the extra large next time, and see which I like best.
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Sep 8 2020 (3 weeks ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (L)
They fit good but the chamois might be too much got some friction sores and I used butt butter still got it!
Verified Owner
Friday, Sep 4 2020 (4 weeks ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (M)
Fit is impressive, looks are attractive. The chamois is a bit light on padding for my liking, but it's acceptable enough for me to consider buying another pair, so I guess that's not a real issue. Why are shorts so freaky expensive?
Verified Owner
Sunday, Aug 23 2020 (5 weeks ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (M)
These are the worst riding shorts I have ever bought. The design in terrible. The pad is too wide in certain areas, and this pushes the stitching out too far into the leg. The stitching then rubs on the inside of your leg. Plus they are so tight that it compress not only your quads, which is fine, but all your other parts in that area as well. 20 miles into a 70 mile ride I was dying. Not worth the price if they were free and of course they are non-returnable. What a waste of money.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Aug 19 2020 (6 weeks ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (M)
Excellent shorts - durable, comfortable, hell of a chamois, and really fine heat transfer, which is important in Houston.
Verified Owner
Sunday, Aug 16 2020 (6 weeks ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (L)
I didn't realize that I was wearing second rate gear until I got these and put them on. They instantly became my favorite riding shorts and I will be buying a couple more pair.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Aug 12 2020 (7 weeks ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (L)
The shorts look great. I have purchased them before and these look a little better. I have not worn them yet.
Verified Owner
Sunday, Aug 9 2020 (7 weeks ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (L)
Fits great. Padding in the right places and stays there. Waist stays up and legs stay down. All and all a comfortable short.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Jul 8 2020 (3 months ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (M)
I've used Performance cycling products and clothing for over 5 years. Their "Ultra" clothing is definitely better than their regular line.

Ultra shorts' padding is "good" yet inferior to that of a "cheap" pair of other brands such as Pearl Izumi. I use Ultra shorts for relatively short rides up to 50 miles yet my buns demand better treatment on rides over 50 miles thus use other brands for that.

These shorts were very kindly sent to me as replacement for a purchased pair that have defects in the sewing that holds in the padding. The seams of the original pair (high visibility with yellow bands) were separating to point one can see light (or my leg when wearing) between the seam and the stretch of the shorts. I have pictures though their review site does not allow attachments.
I noticed the defect after wearing once or twice and first thought I may have snagged them (shame on me if so). Further inspection shows the seams separating in same manner (though not as severe) at other points around the crotch seams thus know it was not a mistreatment of the shorts.

Performance asked for pictures and immediately sent a replacement pair (they evidently and sadly don't make the high visibility yellow version any more). They were prompt, understanding and kind.

Checking the replacement pair prior to using reveals the SAME DEFECT in the same seams although not exacerbated to the extent of the first pair.

It is unfortunate yet appears they have a defect being caused and produced in manufacturing.

Hopefully, Performance will correct the defective manufacturing. These shorts may last a long time yet I'm not holding my breath for these seams.
Verified Owner
Friday, Jul 3 2020 (3 months ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (M)
Excellent so far. Only had a couple weeks but fits well and felt great on an 80 mile ride.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Jun 24 2020 (3 months ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (L)
Great product. Very comfortable with a great chamois.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Jun 10 2020 (4 months ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (L)
Just got a pair. These were my favorite shorts for many years, but when PERFORMANCE changed hands they had stopped selling them. I saw they had them again (MADE IN USA), and hoped they would be same high quality. THEY ARE STILL GREAT!
These shorts are as good or better than name brand shorts costing lots more. They fit me great(the large fits me snugly (as bike shorts should) at 6" 36"waist, 197 pounds 45"chest
Verified Owner
Thursday, Jun 4 2020 (4 months ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (M)
Great shorts. I’ve been wearing Performance Ultra’s for over a decade, and these new shorts are even better. I have even gone for a 16 mile with no chamois cream.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Jun 3 2020 (4 months ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (L)
Performance Ultra and Ultra Stealth shorts are the best-fitting and best-performing I've ever had.
Verified Owner
Sunday, May 31 2020 (4 months ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (M)
Not the same Perrtformace Ultra Shorts I've purchased in the past. Fit too tight compared to prior years.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, May 20 2020 (4 months ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (L)
Nice padding, on the thicker side, firm.
I don't agree with reviews stating they are short. They fall above the knee, as normal.
Definitely feel the compression effect on the thighs. These are not loose!
I like em'
Verified Owner
Friday, May 22 2020 (4 months ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (M)
Do not buy these shorts. I have purchased five or six pairs of these Ultra shorts over many years and have always been satisfied with the fit and comfort in the saddle while wearing them. This time the gripper material in the legs will not hold the legs in place. They ride up and bunch in the mid-thigh area. I could not know this until getting out and riding in them. Customer service would not offer a refund for this defective item. They offered a discount on another pair of shorts, but would not say how much. After this experience I will never again purchase anything from Performance.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, May 13 2020 (5 months ago)
Performance Ultra Shorts (Black/Charcoal) (L)
These were the first bike shorts I ever purchased from Performance. I have shorts from Pearl Izumi, Rapha, and L Garneau and they are all super comfortable. Disappointed to say these Performance shorts are the most uncomfortable bike shorts I've ever had. The sewn in cushioning has extra material that chafes the skin in the crease between the inside top of the thighs and the body. I thought maybe if I washed them a few times, that material would get softer...no luck.. They are unwearable.