Where is the Product Review thread?

@Turpentine asked for review of these new PEARL iZUMi Vista Bike Shorts.
This is first look review. Will edit/update when I have more experience on the bike.
I purposely picked these up these to replace my well worn Swrve Cigarette shorts which have been really great but I sometimes wish were a longer lasting / quick drying synthetic free from cotton.
The PI shorts are about $15 cheaper at MSRP and have an interesting crotch gusset which isn’t quite a full diamond but does have one less seam to chafe in the saddle/crotch contact zone (+ one less fail point).
However this might make for less of a pouch for your jewels to inhabit. They feel pretty tight on me standing up but sitting in riding position is a little more tent shaped. I also sized down from a 32 (Swrve) to 30 (PI) since I usually wear 31 & noticed these have a high rise waist instead of low rise waist on the Swrve.
Real inseam on PI is 9.5 inches while wearing
I had my Swrve hemmed to 8 inches which is perfect for me.
However Pi shorts have interesting / gimmicky reflective features hiding in the leg cuff that can be exposed by rolling up creating effectively 8” inseam. There is a piece of reflective tape on both outward facing seams plus, on one leg, a really weird 360 degree XXXX weave of glued reflective material that looks like thread but isn’t. (Two legs out of budget?)
Pi Pockets are thin and synthetic (yay!)
Material pants are made from is pretty thin but shockingly not stretchy at all which is probably the most disappointing feature. Material looks decent and not techy but does appear to glimmer in the light making me wonder if it’s all reflective.
Rear pockets hitting saddle/butt zone TBD.

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My camera apparently caught the rotated vertical photo virus that Rusty’s was infected with

Could we get more crotch shots


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