Price-wise, Giordana’s Women’s Trade Vero short falls near the middle of Giordana’s line of cycling shorts. At first glance, this can be a bit misleading. The technology that the Trade Vero short utilizes and the meticulous design and quality that are immediately evident in this short land it way beyond the middle of the road as far as cycling clothing is concerned. In fact, although it isn’t the least expensive women’s cycling short on the market, we would have to say it’s one of the best values in the entire industry.
The Trade Vero short is made with Giordana’s Moxie fabric. With a nylon/spandex composition weight of 210g/m2, the Vero takes on an effective compressive nature. However, we wouldn't go as far as to call these bib shorts a compression piece. Instead, while assisted blood circulation will help your anaerobic output, we find that Moxie's most vital characteristics involve the inhibiting of muscle oscillation caused by road vibration — a common component to early onset fatigue. Supplementing the Moxie, the printed panels received Giordana's Shield Endurance fabric. This material is slightly more compressive than Moxie and is used for its durability and resistance to fading. Additionally, both materials have been treated in order to accelerate the transfer of moisture away from the skin.
As for the fit, Vero shorts benefit from Giordana's innovative contoured cut. The shorts are created on a curve in order to conform to your body in the cycling position. By doing this, abrasion is minimized and fabric bunching and pinching are eliminated. And for further comfort, the shorts have been built entirely with four-needle flatlock stitched seams.
The chamois is one that Giordana touts as being one of the most advanced in the industry—the women-specific Nimbo O.F. At the skin layer, the Nimbo utilizes a polyester microfiber to minimize skin irritation and abrasion. Below the skin layer, the Nimbo has a variable-density insert that has been perforated. This aids in ventilation by moving moisture to the perimeter of the chamois where accelerated evaporation is able to occur. The insert has been thermo-formed in one piece and shaped specifically for the female anatomy. So, comfort to your sensitive areas is ensured, while the pad's singular formation means that the pad will conform to your movements in the saddle and return to its original shape afterward.
Giordana finished off the Vero shorts with an "iPocket" in the back of the uppers for electronic devices, as well as a reflectivity strip on the drive side rear leg for increased visibility to motorists in low-light conditions.
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- Q & A
Fav Shorts, but Room for Improvement
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
Great shorts with awesome materials, comfortable chamois, and great fit. I wear them for MTB rides, usually 12-20 miles. They are lightweight enough for the hottest days and the leg elastic is awesome! Meshy and breathable - the gripper bits are thin and spread out on the leg elastic, not silicone in a wide band or thick dots like I've seen on other brands.
Sizing runs predictably small - I wear an L in Pearl Izumi and some other brands (but an 8 or Medium in casual pants) and the L in these fits fine.
The downsides: the seams are NOT flatlocked, just serged (if you zoom in on the photo you can see there's no visible stitching) so at the end of a ride the seams leave little impressions in my legs. Also, the waistband is just folded over with encased 1" elastic - so it does cut in a little bit and is not as comfortable as some styles with a wider or doubled waistband. Because of these two points, I might not buy them again - but so far they are the the first shorts I've reached for all summer long when going out for a ride.
What is the inseam?