After decades as a staple Pearl product series, the Attack Short continues to evolve and represent one the best combinations of value and performance. With this Women's Attack Short, the designers made some exciting updates to this consistent best-seller. From fabric to construction to an updated chamois version, the Women's Attack Short simply gets better, while the price point stays the same.
The evolution starts with a SELECT Transfer fabric made with recycled polyester yarns and Nylon that maintains the great moisture transfer rate of the previous version while providing better overall stretch and compression. The designers have employed the material’s natural stretch to excellent effect, allowing for fewer panels which reduces seams and increases comfort while simultaneously creating a stellar fit for even the most dynamic riding. It is imperative to note that the waistband has been re-designed as well, into a more flattering, wide, and supple system with the goal of giving the Women's Attack Short compression through the sides and back, while reducing constriction across the stomach for improved comfort and unrestricted breathing. The inseam is the Goldilocks version, at 8" not too long or too short.
The other crucial feature for any cycling short is the proper chamois pad for the intended use, fit, and body posture. Most road or mountain Attack cyclists ride in a semi-aggressive to more upright position, so the perfect option was the comfortable and highly breathable Women’s SELECT Escape 1:1™ chamois (those who ride in a more aggressive posture tend to prefer shorts with the W Pro Escape version). This selection provides optimal moisture transfer and breathability, along with a blended thickness pad structure that supports where you need to, reducing material where you don't need more pressure, with pad surface transitions that eliminate likely chafe points.
Is the Pearl Izumi Women's Attack Short the right option for you? Fit is always paramount, but Pearl has taken is redoubtable series to new levels of performance and comfort. It was designed for cyclists who log miles and ride variable terrain at recreational to enthusiast pacing. It wasn't designed for racing, though if it works well for you, why not? With details like a new thinner leg gripper and BioViz reflective highlights, you can wear this short as you see fit, and Pearl is no offering new color options as well so more individuality and presentation is encouraged.