Pearl Izumi Canyon Mountain Biking Shorts

24 Aug

Last year I spent the majority of my time on the bike out on the road, but this year I decided to mix things up a bit and enjoy the off-road trails in my area. Even though I own several pairs of mountain biking shorts I seldom wear them, mainly because most of them have a bad chamois or are just too bulky. Fortunately, I bought a pair of Pearl Izumi Canyon Shorts several months ago and have really enjoyed them—they changed my mind about MTB shorts!

Pearl Izumi Canyon MTB Shorts

Pearl Izumi Canyon Mountain Biking Shorts

The Pearl Izumi Canyon Short consists of an outer shell and an inner liner. The outer shell is made of 100% Polyester, a lightweight stretch fabric. This shell has a snap front closure with a zippered fly and an adjustable interior waistband (see photo below). Road cyclists are not used to having a pocket on their Lycra shorts, but most MTB shorts have several pockets. The Canyon Short only has one small pocket (on the right side). This pocket is large enough for an iPhone, billfold, or car keys (but not all three).

Canyon Shorts adjustable interior waistband

Adjustable Interior Waistband On The Pearl Izumi Canyon Shorts

The inner liner on the Canyon Short is made of 80% Polyester and 20% Elastane. The liner also has a Pearl Izumi MTB 3D chamois (13mm of 2-layer variable density padding). This chamois far exceeded my expectations and I’ve used it on several rides of over 60 miles or more without any trouble.

If you are used to riding in Lycra road shorts then you will find one of the biggest downsides to MTB shorts with a detachable liner is that they tend to hold in heat and moisture (mainly because they have two layers). This is not too bad of a problem when the temperature is in the 80’s, but on a humid day when the temperature is over 90 degrees I find it a bit uncomfortable.

Pearl Izumi Canyon Shorts retail for $70 are should be available at your local bike shop, or from major retailers like R.E.I., Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bike Nashbar, and Performance Bicycle. This product in available five sizes (S, M, L, XL, XXL) and three colors (Black, Shadow Grey, Silt). Pearl Izumi also makes a version of Canyon Shorts for women.


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8 responses to “Pearl Izumi Canyon Mountain Biking Shorts

  1. endomatt

    August 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Awesome blog. My fox shorts about done so glad to know these shorts have a legit chamois. Thanks for the share.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      Thanks for the comment! I also own a few pair of the Fox shorts — they are not bad at all, but I like the chamois in the Pearl Izumi shorts better.

  2. Cary Gossett

    August 24, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Is the liner removable?

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Yes! Not only is the liner removable, but you can buy them separately (in case you wanted to have two liners and not have to wash the shell every time you ride).

  3. africatravelweb

    August 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Reblogged this on Africa Travel Web.

  4. bamboogirl

    August 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    I haven’t worn MTB shorts in a year because I used Fox brand and the liners are not removable. The waistbands are never strong enough to keep the back from sliding down. Now, I prefer road chamois because I can get my butt on the rear wheel and not catch my shorts on my saddle. I may try this detachable version, however, because I like having pockets. 😉 Thanks for the tip!

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      August 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      I’ve not had any trouble with these MTB shorts catching on the saddle. But then again, I have only tried the men’s version — don’t know how they work for the other half of the population! 🙂

  5. Soozie Bea

    December 3, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Reblogged this on Alt Route Clothing and commented:
    Yes, these are dude knix, but I think its a great article!


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