The Flash:

Right side pocket for stowing small items

Cool/breathable "Transfer Stretch" fabric

Removable super-cush chamois (MTB 3D Chamois)

Lace-up closure with gusset

Screen-printed graphics

Shadow gray

12" inseam

Thumbs Up:

The temps were mild (mid 80's) when I rode with these shorts. As the rides progressed and I got higher in elevation, the body temp rose, but not once did I feel that my legs were getting hot. I thought that the "Transfer Stretch Fabric" was definitely living up to its name. They breathe super well, and stretch where your normal board shorts (or other shorts) won't; these shorts give when and where needed. Not once was there a tight feeling, unless you count that narrow rock slot or tree section that needs negotiation. As for the chamois, one word can describe it: comfort. When things heat up and get technical, the chamois is there to make it all better. Basically, it takes care of the tender bits in the thick of your ride. I didn't find chafing or rubbing an issue, just smooth sailing. The pocket sits low on the right leg, and definitely is a nice feature for a quick-to-reach grab for a gel-shot or bar. Although, being low on the leg, the contents will be moving quite a bit so I would't advise putting your keys or phone (for emergencies only) in there. The graphics are pretty cool, nothing too in your face, but enough to give them some style.

Thumbs Down:

The only drawback with these is their length. With the 12" inseam, they're a bit long for my liking, but given that they stretch so well, there is no "pull" from your knees that you would expect from shorts of that length.

Final Thoughts:

These shorts will definitely be taking rotations on my rides for sure. I love their breathability, style, and comfort. There's already a plan for a ride on the Colorado Trail next week and these shorts will see the aspens there. The chamois is super- comfortable, the material is cool/quick to dry, and they're light. My gripe about the length was almost a non-issue based on the stretchy material. I would definitely recommend them to friends and fellow riders.

The Pearl iZUMi Impact Shorts retail for $75 and more information can be had by visiting the company's official site:
http://www.pearlizumi.com/publish/content/pi_2010/us/en/index/products/men/ride/apparel/4.-productCode-11111127.html

About the Author:

Real Name: Erik De La Rosa

Secret Agent Codename: DLR

Hometown: Austin, TX

Current Location: Louisville, CO (just outside Boulder)

Riding History: Wow, I guess like most kids I had the typical BMX bike growing up. My older brother got his first mountain bike when I was probably around 10, and since I was into most of what he was into, I was drooling over that rigid steel Jamis. I think I got my first mountain bike around 6th grade and rode the gravel trails around my house and various friends' places. It wasn't until my senior year of high school that I fell back in love with the bike. I've been hooked ever since.

Favorite Trail(s): Well, there are quite a few from the different places I've lived, but my top favorites currently here in CO are the West Mag trails around Nederland, and of course the CO Trail in the Kenosha Pass area.

Life outside the Saddle: Since I just had my first child, I've been spending a good deal of time playing with her; well more looking at her and talking like a crazy-man getting no response. Is that normal??? I brew beer quite a bit, and write about it (with some riding thrown in) on my blog: www.stainlessbrewkettle.com

During the winter, I'm snowboarding or tele-skiing. And of course, there's work; I'm a lead hardware test engineer. Basically I'm good at breaking things. (Editor's Note: Drinking? Breaking things? You'll fit in just fine around here.)