One of the big pains in sports gear is how specialized everything is and what items fit your needs. Cycling really isn't that much different. There are shorts for the cold, shorts for the heat, shorts that protect specifically from the sun, shorts for spinning, shorts for triathlons, and countless other things in between. The Aero Tech Designs Touring shorts are for touring. They come with a gel pad meant to dampen road noise for the long-haul, tough fabric, and side pockets. One of the great advantages it has in touring is that it's a short, not a bib. Most distance riders tend to prefer bibs, but most distance riders are finished in 2-6 hours of riding and might not need to quickly drop trou.
We prefer some of the qualities offered by other items like the SUGOi Evolution Bibs and Gore Power 3.0, like better padding and better durability, respectively. But the Aero Tech has the advantage of being designed specifically for touring. Throughout our review, we examine the standout qualities of the Aero Tech shorts and compare them to what is offered by items leading each quality examined.