Overall, I like these shorts so far. They work great for swimming and I suspect the will be fine for short''ish rides and runs. I will update this review after I''ve had a few of each in them.
I have several pair of these shorts. I am primarily a cyclist and runner during the warm weather, but I have begun training for my first triathlon and thus have to get comfortable swimming. I purchased these shorts as my first dedicated multi-sport attire.
To date, I have used these only in the pool. They fit nicely and feel like mild compression shorts rather than bike shorts. They work great in the pool. There is a pad, though it is much thinner and less obtrusive than in typical bike shorts (Note: for comparison, I wear Pearl Izumi Attack shorts for cycling).
I don''t know how well these shorts work for me on the bike and during the run. I suspect they will be fine for short rides (20 miles or so), though only time will tell for me. I HATE numbness, so if they hold up for that distance, I will be happy.
On the flip side, the thinness of the pad should make it almost unnoticeable while running. I don''t particularly notice it when I am walking to and from the pool or while I''m in the water. I''m hoping that will carry over to the run as well.