A couple of months ago the folks at eCyclingstore.com sent me two pieces of cycling wear for review. Last month I reviewed their Criterium Cycling Jersey and I still think it is one of the best buys in a cycling jersey you will find anywhere. Today I am going to review another great buy—their eCycle Millennium 8-Panel Lycra Short. These are men’s cycling shorts, but eCyclingstore.com has similar shorts for women.
The eCycle Men’s Millennium 8-Panel Lycra Short is made from 82% nylon and 18% Lycra with 8-panel construction for a great fit. These shorts have a 9.5″ inseam and an elastic gripper cuff on the hem to keep the shorts in place. Since these shorts look like nearly every other pair of cycling shorts on the market I decided not to show the traditional photo of the shorts. Instead, I’d like to call attention to the chamois since this is what really matters to most of us.
When the package containing these shorts arrived at my house my wife was in my office when I opened it. She took one look at the chamois on these shorts and said, “I bet you are going to hate these shorts.” My lovely wife is not a cyclist, but she is a marvelous soigneur—she graciously washes all of my cycling clothing and is very familiar with cycling gear (am I a lucky guy or what?). The reason my wife thought I wouldn’t like these shorts is because the chamois is fairly thin. In fact, when I saw the chamois for the first time I thought the same thing she did. However, looks can be very deceiving!
The Millennium Short has a four-piece Italian made anti-bacterial chamois. As you can see in the photograph above, this multi-level chamois puts extra padding in the areas where you need it the most—your sit-bones. When I try out new cycling shorts I always start by going on a short ride (25 to 30 miles) just to make sure the chamois is not going to give me any trouble. These shorts passed my first test, so on the second ride with them I went out for 62 miles and they functioned flawlessly. In fact, the best thing I can tell you about them is that I forgot I was riding in new shorts! This chamois far exceeded my expectations. In the sense of full disclosure I need to point out two things: I didn’t have a chance to try these shorts out on a Century ride (100 miles), nor was I able to use them when the temperature was over 90 degrees (but I have no reason to doubt that they would hold up well).
The eCycle Millennium 8-Panel Lycra Short is true to advertised size, but not all sizes are always available on the eCyclingstore Website. Since not all manufacturers define their sizes the same way, it is important that you consult the eCyclingstore sizing guide before placing your order. These cycling shorts retail for $60, but they are currently on sale for only $25 (an incredible deal).
These cycling shorts, along with many of other styles, are available from the eCyclingstore.com Website. These folks have a large selection of cycling shorts, jerseys, shoes and accessories and many of them are offered at discount prices. They offer a “100% Satisfaction Guarantee” that you won’t find at most other places (“If you are unhappy with any purchase from eCyclingstore.com, just let us know within 30 days of your purchase and we’ll refund, exchange, or credit your purchase.”). They also offer free shipping on orders over $50.