Upgraded with High Compression 50 fabric (HC50), the Giordana Men's Trade FormaRed Carbon Bib Shorts with Cirro Insert are lighter than ever, with enhanced breathability and abrasion-resistance. HC50 fabric is highly compressive to promote blood flow. Adding extra abrasion-resistance along the inner-leg and seat panels, Zaffiro 2.0 textured Lycra prevents premature wear and tear.
Super-soft and comfortable, the LoPro 0 microfiber bib straps support these shorts without pinching or digging into your skin. They're anchored to Giordana's Core Contour System along the waist for a supportive fit, thanks to its carbon-reinforced fibers with antistatic properties. However, most impressive with these high quality bib shorts is the Cirro chamois with integrated aloe vera extract. This variable density chamois is 14mm at its thickest, supporting you on extended tours and fast-paced rides alike. The aloe vera soothes and cools the skin to eliminate chafing and irritation on the longest, most grueling rides of the year. Plus, it's integrated in a specialized engineering process that won't wash out over time, ensuring skin-soothing comfort for the life of the bib shorts.
- HC50 fabric (body)
- Zaffiro 2.0 textured Lycra (inner-leg, seat panels)
- LoPro 0 microfiber bib straps
- Core Contour System (waist)
- Cirro chamois with integrated aloe vera extract
- Item #GIO001Q
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Size Bought: L
Like a previous reviewer, I was a loyal Laser wearer and ran those bibs into the ground. When the time came to replace them, I tried the trade FRC bibs, mostly because they were a bit more affordable than the regular FRC bibs. The differences are mostly in styling, as the Laser used to be the more-subdued design of the two. The fit and feel of these bibs is second-to-none for me. They feel just as good as the Lasers, and I've been on 60+ and 70+ mile rides with no discomfort at all. These bibs are snug without being constricting. The styling, well, I'm willing to live with for the comfort.
Just not a fit for me
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Medium
Sometimes a certain brand or a certain line within a brand is just not a fit. I find the shorts I go to again and again are tight to the point of compression; the pad slots in nicely and the family jewels stay put. I am 6'1" and 168. I wear a M in Santini, DeMarchi and Sportful. Have worn Giordana way back when clothing was not so technical and wanted to try them again. Certainly, they are as tight as any shorts I own. However, the pad seems disproportionally wide for the short and bunches at the junction between my crotch and leg. My first ride, I put it down to just not getting the shorts adjusted well before setting out but the second ride, I was careful to get them "just so" before leaving the driveway and then also adjusted them during the ride. Still very uncomfortable. I think I have the right size; it's just a case of not being quite compatible with the way my body is put together. Also, the leg with the Giordana logo becomes hazy when on the body. The look is how lycra can look after 10 years of hard use. At first, I was concerned that the shorts were simply too small and thus stretched beyond reason. However, the leg with no graphics looks just fine. I'm guessing maybe the heat transfer process used to put the logo on "over cured" the lycra a bit. Could be unique to this pair of shorts. All in all, while a lot of thought and care has gone into the design and manufacture of these shorts, I'm going to be a lot happier and better off spending the money on Santini shorts with the Nat pad; a short that I know will fit my anatomy to a T.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've used Giordana shorts in the past (Lasers, mostly) and loved them; used them until they wore out. Some of the reviews for 2014 Laser shorts were less than enthusiastic, though, so when the time came to refresh the supply I switched last year to Castelli Free shorts (the decision was also based on some great sale pricing). While I've liked the Castellis, I find their durability to be less than ideal, and end up fighting a saddle sore whenever they show just a little too much wear.
So I went for a pair of the FRC shorts recently and my butt is ever so glad I did. I took them for their first 50 miles today. For some reason the chamois in these shorts is perfect for me, does not move around when I'm pedaling, and is good for mile after mile. I'm sure it's got something to do with the myriad of technical features listed in the product description, but the fact is they fit great and the chamois just does the trick.
The note about them being "very slim" is true. I'm skinny (6'4", 165-170 lbs, 32" waist) and a large is perfect, but I could see how weightlifter-quality thighs might have issues.