I’d been looking for tri shorts (basically bike shorts with a thinner, perforated pad to allow the water to drain off more easily and make for easier running) for a while. I was finding $45 to $60 to be a pretty common price range. Fortunately I stumbled across a pair while digging through ebay from a company called Aevero for considerably less. The buy-it-now was just $19.50 + a few $ shipping.
Of course I asked my friends if they’d ever heard of the brand and they hadn’t. I had heard of sugoi and louis Gareau, but never Aevero. I looked up their site and they were obviously not a big company, but the site didn’t look like a fly-by-night. Turns out they also sell cycling shirts and shorts. Too bad they didn’t have a tri shirt for cheap.
I decided to pick up a pair. I got them in just a couple days. The shipping packaging was a simple bubble mailer, but definitely sufficient – plus it keeps the cost down. The packaging of the shorts was a simple plastic bag with a paper insert. It also included care instructions and a pair of free cycling gloves. The gloves weren’t anything special, but the shorts looked pretty good.
I took them for a spin on the bike and the pad is about 1/2 the padding of a typical bike short, but good enough to get the job done (especially on a Sprint distance tri). I emailed the company about wearing them in chlorine and got a response before days end that it was o.k. They also recommended hand-washing and not wringing out the pad. Drip dry would do and that’s what I did.
My practice swim went really well. I was used to wearing the old saggy, baggy swim trunks and felt 1,000,000 times faster with the tri shorts. Afterwards, I just rinsed and hung them to dry.
I’ve now run one sprint tri with these shorts and they worked like a charm. I really don’t know how they could have been better. I didn’t even notice them at all, which I’d say is pretty sweet. I experienced no discomfort and abrasion or anything through the whole race. I went right from the lake to the bike and through the run without missing a beat.
My final thoughts…
Durability has yet to be tested, but I’ve now trained for 4 weeks in them and ran 1 race and the reflective Aevero silkscreen logo on the bum hasn’t even begun to peel off and I really thought it would. I think this is a great product so far.
GREAT DEAL and Great product so far.
***UPDATE AS OF 10/9/08***
So far these are holding up quite well. My training has slowed considerably, but I’ve been using them in the pool and they’re still in good shape. I haven’t been using them on the bike since the big first tri in July, as regular bike shorts are just more comfy. They have faded a little bit and aren’t quite the crisp, dark black they were when new. I’ve been pretty careful with them, in terms of washing and drying, so the pad is still fully intact.
Over a year after purchase…
They’re still going strong. I wear them in the chlorine-filled pool at least twice a week and they’re still holding up. Even the silk-screened logos are all still there. I’m still very careful with them, in terms of washing and drying, but I’m very pleased. Great value. I’m actually looking at getting another pair, even though the price is now $29.