Next Generation success.
The NX-G Women's Bib Shorts are the cornerstone of Giordana's entire 2016 collection, and they proudly represent the successful overhaul the brand gave its entire line of apparel. Giordana's new collection, designed around a Next Generation theme, aims to not situate its products on a vertical scale of price and quality but rather around specific types of riders and the riding they do. That being said, the NX-G features the most aggressive compression and fit in its line to accommodate cyclists who train and race extensively, complete with fabric newly sourced from the swim and undergarment industry guaranteeing lightweight, breathable support that moves with you over hours in the saddle.
Though the NX-G's stretchy, soft compression fabric was conceived outside of the cycling industry, it's well-equipped to withstand the demands of hours spent in the saddle — and the repeated washings that follow. Giordana uses its 1-on-1 construction process to craft each leg of the shorts, using only one piece of fabric secured by a single low-profile seam on the outside of each leg for a minimal appearance and significantly reduced likelihood of chafing. The compression added to the fabric helps support hardworking hip flexors and hamstrings as you pedal, and continues into the V-shaped waist and U-shaped back areas of the shorts. These are designed around the goal of providing as much support as possible when you're stretched out over the saddle.
As the fabric's compression continues along the entire length of the shorts, Giordana was able to forgo the added weight of leg grippers in the NX-G, resulting in clean, uninterrupted leg hems that hug your quads without the need for sticky grippers or too-tight elastic. The bib straps also received their own careful attention on the NX-G with the hope of being more comfortable in a standing position as well as in the saddle. Malleable and airy, the bib straps stretch more in the front than they do in the back for a more natural fit, sitting to the outside of the chest with a minimal, breathable design.
We'd be remiss if we didn't acknowledge the luxurious Cirro S-W chamois gracing the NX-G. The crowning jewel of Giordana's redesigned line of inserts, the NX-G features plush, ample cushioning arranged along a perforated chamois that's cut expertly close to the body, situated close to your skin so it can continuously breathe as you ride and disappear to all but the most trained eye when you're standing up.
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
These bibs are what you would expect from a high end bib. Super comfortable, stay put and a nice thick chamois. I rode with these bibs on a 70 mile ride fresh out of winter having not ridden at all and after the ride, I literally felt NO saddle pain or soreness (just the pain to my ego because I was so out of shape #WinterProbs). I usually wear a medium in Castelli, small in every other brand, a medium in Giordana fits me perfectly. Fabric in the pelvic area is a different material than the rest of the bibs, more of a soft breathable fabric (you can see it better in the picture for this review than on the photo on the website). Not a problem at all its just kinda weird looking, kind of diaper ish but really comfy and breathable, no complaints there.
- Excellent, thick chamois to wear on your longest and most grueling rides but not TOO thick that you can't wear these on your 15 mile commute. Comfort is comfort no matter how many miles!
-Comfortable fabric on straps that doesn't dig into my shoulders
- Awesome leg grippers so you can keep those tan lines #crisp
-Shorts stay in place remarkably well even with efforts in and out of the saddle
-Bib straps don't have a little hook or clip to make taking them off without taking your jersey off very easy. Makes going to the bathroom mid ride kind of a struggle but life goes on.
-Shorts are a lot shorter than most of my shorts but I'm also pretty tall so they would fit a normal person fine I think. But compared to the other Giordana bibs I've worn, these ones definitely don't go down as far on my thighs.