I have spent far more days in the Hydromatic shorts since they’re much more breathable and more of an everyday piece of kit. The tailor-fit shorts have become one of my favorite bottoms to ride in. Aside from being waterproof and having such a tailored fit, they are just like any other pair of riding shorts.
I developed an issue with the pockets, specifically the outer taped seams, although I’ve since realized it was most likely user error. The pocket’s taped seams have begun to lift and tear, potentially hindering the waterproofing of the pockets. Full disclosure here, I have sent the shorts through the dryer a time or two, which is a big no-no with waterproof gear. We’ll call it, “product testing” and not negligence.
The shorts do not come with a chamois, though I don’t consider this a negative as I ride with a G-Form bib. One thing I did find to be a negative however, is the lack of any type of gripper around the waistband to prevent them from moving around while riding. This would be a nice bonus feature especially since the shorts are designed to be worn in the wet.