Wanted to Love Them, But....
A customer from Chico, California on 4/11/10
I have ridden in knickers for probably 15 years, lots of it up in Alaska in cool weather, and in Northern California winters, and have found them to be one of my absolutely favorite pieces of riding gear. I LOVE knickers.
The trouble is, it's hard to find knickers in bike shops, so I went to the internet, and Adventure Cycling, where I read reviews of the El Fito Knickers which raved about them, so I bought a pair.
I hate to say it, but I am disappointed in them for one simple but very important reason: they do not cover my knee low enough, and the elastic band at the bottom rides up too high on my knee, even thought I opted to err on the large side.
I bought XL's and my inseam is only in the 34-35 (and waist 36) inch range, so length should not have been an issue. I have used two other major brands and this has never been an issue. On a cool day, I find myself continually tugging on the knees to pull them down lower, over the "bump" below my kneecap.
If it were not for this, I would love the El Fitos.
I have one other issue. They are supposed to be dried by "laying flat." I wanted to take these on a long tour---to Alaska from California---and I don't know how they would handle being laundered on the road, or how I would deal with cleaning them if I had to "lay them flat" every time I washed them. That could be a problem on a long tour where it can be nice to just throw gear in a dryer---even if it's on low heat---so you can get back on the road with clean gear.
I have taken to trying to stretch them when they come out of the washing machine, but don't think that will solve the problem. If they were an inch and a half longer below the knew, or maybe even an inch, they would probably be perfect. But a knicker that rides up on your knee defeats the purpose of the knicker in the first place. The weird thing is that they ride really high up on your waist.... A little of that material on the legs would have solved the problem.