Wallow in winter.
Giordana's water-resistant clothing has recently been hit with a big, environmentally friendly upgrade hammer in the form of the Acqua Zero Eco DWR treatment, and the AV Women's Bib Tight is one of the biggest beneficiaries. Giordana has dabbled in water-resistant bibs in the past, but the AV Bib Tights' all-over DWR and the addition of windproof paneling on the front effectively elevate "dabbling" to "wallowing," as in: The AV Women's Bib Tight represents the brand's most effectively weather-resistant bibs to date.
The tights consist primarily of two materials. The main body fabric is Acqua Zero Eco Roubaix, a classic, brushed thermal material whose improved DWR treatment is more effective than the previous treatment used on last year's G-Shield gear. It's also—as mentioned above and implied in the name—more eco-friendly. This thermal material is emboldened for winter cycling with overlaying panels of a windproof, breathable membrane on the tights' leading edges—thighs, knees, and upper shins.
The materials are assembled in a saddle-friendly pattern, which may not sit right on foot but disappears into second-skin status when you've clipped in and disembarked. Unlike the men's version, the women's AV Tights' bib straps are actually more of a zip-up vest, extending protection and a lightly compressive fit across the entire torso. If these tights provided lighter insulation, the additional torso protection would likely interfere with layering efforts; however, since they're built for extreme conditions, the increased core protection is a welcome addition.
The tights feature a similarly expansive application of reflective Pixel material, which maintains breathability while catching light—and, hopefully, the attention of other road users—at key areas of the tights. The tights are also finished with the same Omniform Cirro S-W chamois found in Giordana's summer-weight NX-G bib shorts, so the seasonal transition doesn't involve the usual unfortunate breaking-in period.
- Winter-grade bib tights for dedicated cyclists
- Eco-friendly DWR-treated thermal material maintains comfort
- Windproof panels on leading edges cut the winter chill
- Expansive bib strap design is more of a zip-up vest
- Features the same chamois as Giordana's summer race shorts
- Reflective accents help attract attention to increase safety
- Giordana has been defining the direction of innovation since it was founded in 1980
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- Q & A
A Solid Investment
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'1"
- Weight: 123lbs
I purchased a Giordana AV bib tight in the autumn of 2017. I’m now in my second season of wearing it, out on the frosty roads of Nebraska. It’s delightfully snuggly—so much so, that I only put it on if the temperatures drop below 45°F, and I actually still feel comfortable in it even at 30°F, especially once I get going. The zip-up vest component definitely helps to keep me cozy at my core.
My winter rides usually last an hour, at most. The tight has such a great chamois, though, that I’m occasionally tempted to go longer. I’m also impressed by how bright the reflective features are—this is an important safety feature on days that are short and gray.
The tights do have a fairly straight, almost boxy cut. For reference, my measurements are 33–28–38, and I ordered a size medium. Based on the sizing chart, I was a little concerned that a medium might turn out to be too big in the chest and too small in the hips. But the fabric is forgiving enough that the garment hugs those areas in the way that it should. The waist, in contrast, is slightly loose, and it would’ve been better for me if it was taken in an inch. The legs are also too long on my frame, but eh, that happens with all of my tights. I just close the ankle zipper only halfway, and I tuck the excess fabric under. That still leaves a 5" wide band of reflective material at the ankles, which works perfectly well. Ladies of average to somewhat taller heights will likely find that the inseam is about right.
All in all, I am very happy with with this purchase. It is a such a relief, to not feel confined to an indoor trainer every day from Thanksgiving to St. Patrick’s.