Any brand can throw together a set of pajama-shaped thermal bib tights, but Giordana's FR-C Trade Men's Bib Tights represent the pinnacle of fit and function—and they have for multiple product generations. The secret lies in the tights' construction, which takes place entirely in Giordana's own Italian facility and gives the brand complete control over everything that bears the iconic centaur logo. With the FR-C Trade Bib Tights, brand namesake Giordana tells us she wanted to keep the focus on creating a classic Roubaix model, so the tights eschew the DWR treatment of the G-Shield and AV lines, making the FR-C Trade Bib Tights a pure expression of thermal cycling kit.
The tights' body is a blend of two materials: Super Roubaix and Super Roubaix Carbon. The former is Giordana's go-to thermal material because it combines the thermal insulation of a soft, brushed inner face with stretch and breathability that—while understandably not quite on par with the Lycra used in the FR-C summer bib shorts—go a long way toward informing the legendary fit of the FR-C bib tights. This construction is supplemented with strategically positioned panels of Super Roubaix Carbon wrapping the knees and extended down the calves.
While both materials are gently compressive, the Carbon version ups the compression game a little more, providing additional support to your knees when spinning in cold weather makes them even more vulnerable. The fabric's compressive stretch is highlighted by the tights' paneling, which is laid out in a cycling-specific pattern that we wouldn't recommend for gymnastics but that figuratively disappears when you're on the bike.
Obviously, the body materials differ from the FR-C summer shorts, but the bibs are virtually the same. Instead of saddling you with an unnecessary layer of thermal insulation on the chest, the FR-C Trade Bib Tights end their thermal work at the lower stomach, transitioning to a lightweight, stretchy, and soft bib construction that doesn't interfere with your layering strategy. The ankles help maintain fit with zippers that let you unzip to pull the tights on over your feet but then zip closed to help eliminate any gaps.
Like with the bib straps, Giordana opts for the same chamois in summer-weight kit, sewing in the same Cirro S chamois that it uses in the FR-C and NX-G bibs. The Cirro S chamois features a slimr, refined design that tapers on the edges to eliminate any transitional ridges with the tights. Giordana minimizes the feel and look of the chamois, striking a race-appropriate amount of bulk without eliminating its plush, long-ride cushioning. New for this year, Giordana also introduces its Copa Mondiale, a male-specific recessed area on the top of the chamois made to improve ride quality and add all-encompassing support to an area crucial to long-term comfort.
- Cold-weather cycling tights with a racing fit
- Multi-material construction targets compression and warmth
- Tailored with a cycling-specific fit for life in the saddle
- Equipped with the same chamois as Giordana's summer race shorts
- Minimalist bib straps lie flat and don't interfere with layering
- Since 1980, Giordana has been a leader in year-round cycling wear
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- Q & A
Superb product from Giordana
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 155lbs
I wore these bib tights today for the first time for a 65-mile ride in 50-70 degree weather. They were superb, just like any Giordana product I have tried.. Fit like a glove, no restriction anywhere, the chamois it top notch. Minor complaints: (1) The zipper on the back of the calf doesn't stay zipped all the way down, but possibly because they fit very snug on my calves. If you have skinny calves, you'll likely not experience this problem. (2) The black/red suspenders bled red on my white base layer. I haven't washed it yet so we'll see if it's permanent. (3) The chamois goes up quite high up front, and gives you a bit of a moose knuckle look. All in all, minor gripes.