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.
I have been wearing Performance gel shorts the last seven years. These were my first chamois shirts. I have worn them on a 23 and 60 mile ride. The shorts were very comfortable. The chamois provided plenty of padding.
Good shorts for the price. The pad is substantial and maybe even a little bulky. But I think it will be just right with some use. The legs are nice and tight and the material is substantial and feels like it will last a long time.
I bought these shorts for my husband. He is a 66-year old strong recreational rider who has ridden many centuries over the years, and has always worn Performance Ultra Shorts. He needed to replace a few of the older style Ultras that were sold by the old Performance Bike Shop before they went bankrupt. Seeing that the New Performance Bike Shop was now selling a new version of the Ultra, he was somewhat concerned that the different chamois might not be as good, but having always had good luck with all the previous versions of the Ultra he had me order two pairs. After wearing these new Ultras for about two months now, he told me they are the worst Ultras ever. He said after about 1/2 hour in the saddle he is already wanting to turn around and head home - they are that uncomfortable. He compared them to a couple of pairs of the old style Ultras he still has and he noticed that the padding of the new Ultras is way too thick and stiff - probably twice as thick as is needed. The chamois also is one inch wider than the old style Ultra. The combination of those two factors results in way too much bulk in the crotch, leading to excessive discomfort. It also leads to numbness where you don't want it. In addition to the problems with the chamois, the shorts are too short and the grippers too weak, allowing them to ride up on the thigh way too easily. He said he wouldn't recommend these new Ultras to anyone. He also said that he hopes the New Performance Bike Shop will bring back the old style Ultras. He said they could sell them as Classic Ultras, and he would be willing to pay more for them!
ETA: When I originally submitted this review, the published review indicated a size of 3XL. I actually purchased the shorts in Medium. Could not see a way to delete the review of the 3XL size.
I've been buying these shorts for quite a few years. They fit me well and are a great value for the price. Please continue to make them.
I like these shorts because the padding is just the right thickness and stays in place.
Most shorts that I find in sports shops or even bicycle shops have too much padding, and usually gel.
Snugness of the fit is perfect. Quality of stitching and the feeling of the padding is excellent. My only complaint, and it's not insignificant is that the shorts are too short... they are about 8 inches above the knee. That's a problem and would keep me from recommending these shorts to anyone.
This is my 4th pair of Performance Ultra Shorts. I have found them to be very comfortable and durable. My rides are generally between 30 to 70 miles without discomfort.
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.
Terrific shorts at a great price. I had the bib version already (which I love) and wanted a short also. The chamois liner is terrific, so well padded. Fit is one size up. I have a 32 in waist and a large fits perfectly.
not favorable at this point. On 3rd wash the leg seam joining the leg fabric with the elastic band on lower leg has come un-sown making them unwearable. I will contact complaint department.
Nice riding shorts, comfortable with quality chamois rated for long rides. Rode 30 miles on my first ride with these shorts and experienced no tail fatigue or discomfort. I would like to see some options in Blue.
I've only worn the shorts for two 40+ mile rides. The fit, material and workmanship appear to be very nice. The padding does not work well for me; whether it's too thick or stiff, I'm not sure, but I find these shorts to be much less comfortable than the less expensive shorts I own. Maybe a few more rides will help break-in the padding, but I am skeptical.
So far so good. They run small, so choose one size larger.
Pro: Good comfortable Chamois with good padding, value price. Con: short legs, poor grippers. Size Medium fits true for 5'9" 158#. Good compression for upper/lower abdomen and bits. Lycra is summer weight thin, comfortable. Admittedly, Bike shorts and saddles are subject to personal tastes. I ride long Rando miles on Leather and Veggie Brooks with the bars at seat height or within 1" below. First ride was over 200km and the chamois was more comfortable than my shorts of 3x the $$. The short legs do ride up and expose an inch or so of pale above tan line. If Performance were to make these with legs 1" or so longer and functional grippers these shorts would be giant killers! Despite the flaws, I bought 2 more pair because the chamois did not abuse my undercarriage on long rides.
I Ride 4 days a week. These are the best shorts for me.
Very great value. True to size. Used for a few rides already, Chamios is everything the description says it is.
I love these things. I’ve been using Performance shorts for years, and they keep getting better. The latest Ultra short compares favorably to other nice bike shorts at 2/3 the price. Every year I buy 2 new pair and try to wear them out (which is hard to do). Highly recommend!’
By far my favorite shorts made anywhere. Incredible value for the money. I was really happy to see them for sale again. Now I hope you can bring back Ultra jerseys too.
bought yesterday to go on my first ride on my new bike. I have to say that for the price they were amazing felt great fit perfect did not move around and had great padding in just the right spots. I'm by no means a small guy i wear a size 38 pant and i ordered a XL and fit great.