Pearl Izumi touts the Canyon short as an alternative to wearing form-fitting lycra shorts, and it is the lightest weight short and liner combo in our review with a simple design. We found the Canyon to be one of the better shorts we tested for pure pedaling, as its lightweight and minimal design didn't hamper our efforts on the bike.
The Canyon is a bit short on pockets with only one zippered hand pocket on the right and no matching pocket on the left.
The Canyon's liner short is constructed from mesh and is connected to the outer short by a strip of the same mesh in the rear portion of the waistband. This feature is unique to the Canyon out of the shorts we reviewed. Unfortunately, it eliminates the ability to wear the two pieces on their own. The strip of mesh could easily be cut with a pair of scissors, but we didn't like the idea of cutting a brand new short.