The silver lining.
The nice thing about so many manufacturers making technological advances in their pro-level designs is that some, like Giordana, adapt those advancements to apparel with a more accessible price tag. That's exactly what Giordana did with the SilverLine Women's Bib Shorts, which still feature a practical cut and functional fabric construction that leave them well-suited to everyday training.
Giordana depends on a soft, breathable microfiber to make up the SilverLine's main body fabric, constructing it in a contoured fit that will follow your body movements in the saddle without being restrictive. The lie-flat, wide waistband is something we're seeing more of in cycling shorts and bibs, and Giordana adds its own stretchy, mesh-lined version to the SilverLine, giving it a less irritating fit while you're bent over in the drops. Woven elastic lines the leg cuffs to ensure they stay put as you move around in the saddle, and the bib straps' minimal shape sits subtly underneath jerseys, wicking moisture away as you ride with a smooth, forgiving fit.
The SilverLine Bib Shorts are lined with Giordana's Cirro S-W chamois, a hardworking one-piece insert that provides a mix of relief and support as you ride without inhibiting your ability to pedal and move around. It's also designed not to hold onto moisture, and continuously wicks to lessen the likelihood of chafing and irritation. After your ride, it rebounds to its original shape, already anticipating tomorrow's miles.
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: extra-small
The chamois alone on these shorts is worth every penny of the price. Seriously. So, so comfortable. Not a single issue on 3+ hour rides, which is rare. And awesome.
Giordana (and the rest of the cycling world) seems to be trending towards a longer leg length on its shorts, which may or may not be a positive depending on your point of view. The Silverlines follow that trend, and are about an inch or two longer than I'm used to. A bonus of the added length is that these shorts work beautifully with knee and leg warmers - no bunching or movement at all. Initially, the leg bands were almost uncomfortably tight (the rest of the legs fit perfectly), but a bit of stretching and a few wears has loosened them up just enough to be comfy.
If you're used to wearing bibs, it's probably worth noting that these don't feel quite like regular bib shorts. The back is pretty standard bib construction, but the sides and front are more akin to a non-bib short with straps sewn on like suspenders. That, paired with the waist sitting a bit lower than normal, results in the uncomfortable waist band feeling that bibs usually eliminate, especially when first kitting up. I'm on the taller end of the spectrum though (5'8", size XS), so the waist edging may hit at a less awkward spot for shorter riders. That said, with a baselayer and a little adjusting of the waist once on the bike, I don't notice it much out on the road.
The sizing on these falls on the euro side of things, maybe leaning a bit to the American side of Castelli. The construction does have its quirks compared to more expensive options out there, but I'm giving these five stars for a ridiculously amazing chamois and top-tier fabrics at a great price.