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I'm 6'3", 195 lbs w/ a 34" waist and the XL fits me perfectly. I normally wear XXL in Capo, but I've been finding the XL in the 2012 Capo lineup fits me perfectly. The first thing that stood out to me with these shorts is how light they are. But don't mistake light for not being durable. These are solidly constructed with strong stitching on the seams. The material is unlike any shorts I've seen before and once I tried them on, I really appreciated the technological advances by Capo. No silicon leg grippers, but these stay in place during all the rides I've taken. The straps are not your typical straps, as they are not mesh, but hold everything in place and I forgot about them once I was into my ride. The chamois in these is the best I've ever ridden and I wish they were in every pair of cycling shorts I have. I have a very sensitive taint and can tell within 5 minutes of my ride if the chamois is going to work or not - these definitely passed the test!

I took these on a real test last Saturday by riding 50 miles in 95 degree temperatures. First off, the cold black material definitely works! I wore the Padrone bibs with my white Capo Modeno jersey and the jersey actually felt warmer than the shorts! The black material did not heat up at all and kept me cool and dry! The carbon chamois kept everything down below dry as well. These shorts excelled at the 50 mile distance and would no doubt be great at 100 miles and beyond!

The inseam on the Padrones are longer than average, but I found this helped provide better compression and also since they are UPF rated, protects more of my legs against the sun.

Bottom line, these are the best bib shorts I own and highly recommend them. I also own high end bibs by Castelli, Panache, etc and the Padrones are top notch! I even compared the Padrones to the Capo Drago bib shorts and preferred the chamois of the Padrones.