There is something to be said for presence: Pearl Izumi is one of the long-standing, recognized brands of cycling shorts. Our testers found this to be true for the Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit as well; solidly made, sturdy and dependable. This short is, in the words of one reviewer a "Goldilocks" short — good for short rides, long rides and everything in between. But, like Goldilocks, the short is not too hot, not too cold, settling into the middle ground somewhere. A dependable short, yes, but one that failed to knock our socks off.
We found the Elite Pursuit to provide great breathability and robust durability, but for overall performance, our testers resoundingly chose the more affordable Louis Garneau Fit Sensor 7.5. Besides saving you money, it also saves your backside on long rides and fits more comfortably on most riders.