As my only pair of bike shorts currently, I've used these almost every day for the last month and a half (washing often of course). With a few nicks to the material, they've held up great;taking a beating from bushes and dirt. They're a great short for biking and everyday use, and dry very quickly as well. The chamois is connected but can be detached by simply cutting the fabric loops that connect it to the shorts themselves. Well worth the price. I'd easily buy another pair or two.