At OutdoorGearLab, we typically weigh economy over flair, and most times, that's a solid bet when it comes to equipment that enables you to do the outdoor activities you love. The Canari Pro Gel short, however, challenges this view. With eight panels of a nylon-spandex blend, a gel-filled chamois, finished seams, and silicon around the legs with inspirational messages printed on it (really, check it out!), this short has a few features of its more expensive cousins for a fraction of the price. Overall, though, it's a basic short that offers sufficient protection, short-term comfort, moderate breathability, and the low amount of style you can expect to see from a short without all the bells and whistles.
For short rides (under 2 hours) and spin classes, this model is adequate and costs less than one-third of some premium models. If and when you're ready to increase your mileage with some long rides, though, the Best Buy-winning Louis Garneau Sensor Fit takes performance to a higher level at a fair price.