cwi4958190wrote a review of Pearl Izumi P.R.O. In-R-Cool Bib Shorts - Men's on June 7, 2015
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've owned a number of Pearl Izumi bibs and shorts. The mediums have always fit me true to size, and I've always thought well of the inserts on the upper level products (had issues with the Attack inserts way back when). I recently bought a pair of the Elite knickers for a cool-evening, return-commute bottom along with a pair of these PRO In-R-Cool bib shorts. The insert is really nice, an improvement over those stitched into an earlier iteration of this bib I own (3 or 4 years old?). The other I like is the Castelli progetto. But this Pearl Izumi insert is possibly nicer. It's certainly newer. So we'll see how time wears on it. But it works effectively two rides into the life of the garment - some longer rides with substantial climbing. The fit is also very good. But I understand what some of the other reviewers mean about it feeling tight. It simply incorporates some compression into the fit and design. But once you're out there doing what you do on a bike, that sensation - if initially unsettling - falls by the wayside. Compared to the Elite knickers I just got, the PROs do feel a little tighter. ( I also like the knickers, by the way.) But it's just the compression feature doing its thing. They feel great, and I experienced no binding or numbness anywhere from them, whether I was in the saddle climbing or in the drops descending. I have Castelli's, Pearl Izumi, Capo (if you're into horse saddle sized inserts - rain rides!) and Gore bibs. These are now my favorites. There are my two cents.