Pearl Izumi Women's Expedition Cargo Bib Short review

With cargo pockets and a drop tail design, are these the perfect women’s long-distance bib shorts?

Mildred Locke wearing Pearl Izumi Women's Expedition Shorts over a white base layer, stood in front of a brick wall with a 'five star' badge overlaid
(Image: © Mildred Locke)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Extremely comfortable and useful bib shorts that can carry a boat-load of snacks and allow you to use the toilet without having to completely disrobe


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    Super comfortable chamois

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    Recycled nylon fabric

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    Drop tail design makes nature breaks a breeze

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    Two cargo pockets provide ample storage

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    Unintrusive bib straps once they're in place

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    No riding up or chafing

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    Lightweight and airy

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    Designed by a woman


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    The straps are fiddly to get into position and lay flat

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    Three-figure price tag

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When it comes to long-distance cycling, particularly for women, there are some very common barriers that can get in the way. While one is genderless — needing enough storage for all the snacks and essentials — the other impacts anyone who isn’t able to stand up while taking a nature break. 

It’s a well-known fact by now that even among the best women’s cycling shorts, the majority of designs require you to completely disrobe when you need to drop trou, which is at best a minor inconvenience in a cubicle, and at worst a major barrier in the bushes.

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Mildred Locke

Mildred joined as Reviews Writer for Cyclingnews and BikePerfect in December 2020. She loves all forms of cycling from long-distance audax to daily errand-running by bike, and does almost everything on two wheels, including moving house, and started out her cycling career working in a bike shop. For the past five years she's volunteered at The Bristol Bike Project as a mechanic and session coordinator, and now sits on its board of directors.

Since then she's gone on to write for a multitude of cycling publications, including Bikeradar, Cycling Plus, Singletrack, Red Bull, Cycling UK and Total Women's Cycling. She's dedicated to providing more coverage of women's specific cycling tech, elevating under-represented voices in the sport, and making cycling more accessible overall. 

Height: 156cm (5'2")

Weight: 75kg

Rides: Stayer Groadinger UG, Triban RC520 Women's Disc, Genesis Flyer, Marin Larkspur, Cotic BFe 26, Clandestine custom bike