You've tried bib shorts, and for whatever reasons, have found that they aren't for you. Though you'd rather enjoy the freedom of regular shorts when you ride, your choices shouldn't be limited to entry-level kit. Giordana realizes this, and it graced the Lungo Short with the same elegant details and high-end construction as its bib short cousin — minus the restrictive bibs.
Giordana reworked its classification of product lines for this year, defining the Lungo collection as ideal for the "refined" rider. It took characteristics from its race-oriented Forma Red Carbon line and applied them to riders unwilling to compromise on impeccable fit, craftsmanship, and materials, but who don't find themselves requiring an aero-race kit and allover compression on their weekend rides.
The Lungo Short consists of a soft, silky fabric sourced from the swim and undergarment industry, and it comes complete with a few strategically-placed compression zones as well as the durability to withstand long days in the saddle. The short overall employs a supportive, tailored fit not far off from the fit of a more race-ready design, but with the ability to remain comfortable and more forgiving throughout a Gran Fondo or bike tour.
It's hard to look at the Lungo and not notice its wide, supportive waistband, which Giordana constructed using crossover, scooped shaping to provide support that doesn't awkwardly cut-in as you're stretched out over the bars. We've seen other manufacturers borrowing inspiration for waistband design from yoga, and with the Lungo, Giordana flawlessly adapts the design to the needs of cyclists.
The Lungo is lined with Giordana's Cirro chamois, which was updated this year with a slimmer, lower profile design. Still supportive and plush where you need it to be, the Cirro's lithe shape is also breathable and flexible, staying far out of your way when you're pedaling or moving around in the saddle. The fabric's compression helps the legs of the Lungo stay in place as you ride, but Giordana also included generous non-restrictive leg grippers to ensure you don't have to interrupt your ride to readjust creeping hemlines.
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