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Give yourself some Sugar.

After a sunny ride, you no longer have to endure an evening out with an awkward tan line when wearing a short skirt, that is if you were wearing Pearl Izumi's Sugar Women's Short's. This is thanks, in part, to the shorts' five-inch inseam. However, that's only one benefit that makes these bottoms one of Izumi's bestsellers.

A six-panel, anatomic shape compliments the female body, which has been further enhanced through the incorporation of Izumi's SELECT Transfer fabric. This material features a four-way stretch that conforms to your contours, while also being quite efficient at moisture management. As a result, the shorts will stay cool and dry over the course of your ride.

Furthering this level of comfort, Izumi included its Woman's Tour 3D chamois. This insert provides a next-to-skin fit that lets the Select Transfer fabric to effectively pull perspiration from you skin and quickly evaporated it -- allowing you to stay dry and irritation free.

Silicon leg grippers hold the shorts in place while pedaling, and the seams are sewn flat in order to be smooth against your skin.

The Pearl Izumi Sugar Women's Shorts are available in six sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black, Black/white, Black/lime, Black/orchid, Black/scuba blue, Black/paradise pink, Black/true red, and White/black.

Tech Specs

[shorts] Select Transfer
anatomic paneled
[size medium] 5 in
yes, Women's Tour 3D
Chamois Thickness:
Removable Chamois:
Leg Gripper:
UPF Rating:
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

Size chart

Pearl Izumi

Women's Apparel

Pearl Izumi Women's Apparel
Chest 31-33in
(78.7 - 83.8cm)
(83.8 - 88.9cm)
(88.9 - 95.3cm)
(95.3 - 101.6cm)
(102.9 - 108.0cm)
(108.0 - 114.3cm)
Waist 23-25in
(58.4 - 63.5cm)
(63.5 - 68.6cm)
(68.6 - 74.9cm)
(74.9 - 81.3cm)
(81.3 - 87.6cm)
(87.6 - 94.0cm)
Hip 33-35in
(83.8 - 88.9cm)
(88.9 - 94.0cm)
(94.0 - 99.1cm)
(100.3 - 106.7cm)
(106.7 - 114.3cm)
(114.3 - 120.7cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Natural Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
Measure from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.

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Here's what others have to say...

5 5

The best padded cycling shorts I own.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These are my go-to cycling shorts. Hearing rumors of Pearl Izumi's "epic padding", and especially women's padding, I had to try a pair. They are affordable, tuck in your tummy ever so slightly as you ride and offer amazing comfort for 40+ mile rides. Fit great, durable and comfortable!

5 5

My Bestie loves them!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

These bike shorts have saved me so much pain! The padding is shaped to not only fit my body, but also my bike. It is light weight, durable, and fit's nicely underneath my work pants and skirts. These are comfortable to wear for only 5 minutes and up to 8+ hours for the extreme biker. Overall, these are comfortable, durable, and give me the protection I need to enjoy biking.

5 5

Pearl Izumi Sugar Women's Shorts

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I love the way these shorts fit. I wear them for RAGBRAI and for the BRAN. I have zero issues with them re: the quality (materials and how they hold up on LONG rides with frequent breaks) I wish they were a little cheaper so I could purchase many pairs

3 5

good beginner/short ride shorts

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two pairs of these Sugar Shorts. I bought one two years ago, and the other last year. I bought them because I liked that they were shorter and that the bottom cuff of the shorts weren't too tight on my thighs, plus the price was great.
But I've started to ride more often and for longer. These shorts do not do the job for that- not enough compression, and padding is weird. I still really like wearing them for short rides (30-40 min)... but if that's not what you want- then bite the bullet and get the more expensive pair with better compression and better padding- it's worth it.

1 5

Quality has changed

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I have a couple pairs of PI Sugar short. I really like my other pairs - substantial material, nice compression and a very good length for me. I bought a pair in the spring of this year and thought it was a fluke knock off or something. Very thin fabric. I kept them to use on my indoor spin bike but never planned on using them on a long outdoor ride. They bunch up, they get baggy and because of the thinner fabric, more lumps and bumps on my body are more visible. Keep that in mind if you don't like the sausage leg look of bike shorts - these will give you that because of the thin fabric. I just ordered another pair thinking that maybe I had just gotten a bad quality pair last time. Nope. Same thin fabric that would stretch out and bunch up. I sent them back and will never order/buy Pearl Izumi Sugar shorts again if this is a permanent change in fabric. If you have a 1/2hr spin class, they'll most likely do the job, but I would never wear them out on the road for any longer than that. Really disappointed in Pearl Izumi for making this change.

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Try Giordana...specifically the *Lasers. The Silverline is a more intermediate level. The F.R.C. is top notch. ALL are absolutely fabulous, with none of the problems these shorts have (and on sale at this posting!). Or, try next season!

4 5

Does the job!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I like my bike shorts short, and these were super comfortable! The hip band hit my shape in the right way so I didn't have to deal with the awkward "hike them up too high or way too low"and they had ample padding so ensure a comfy ride. I'll definitely get more of these in the future.