Pearl Izumi’s Pro InRCool bib shorts sit second-from-top in the range and deliver on a promise of performance, durability and comfort, but the leg length is shorter than expected.
Let’s deal with that first. Pull the shorts on and the first thing you’ll likely notice is the fit. It’s close, and very good, but the legs are undoubtedly short – almost 30mm off my usual fit, as my vague early summer tan line showed. The answer is in the quoted 9” inseam, whereas more of the shorts I’ve ridden and tested are around 10-11”. Still, it’s not a performance issue but something to be aware of.
Continuing on the fit and these are undeniably cut for use on the bike, not standing around drinking coffee. Which makes sense, really. It means that when you get on the bike they’re comfortable with a great fit thanks to the sculpted panels.