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Trade Flash FormaRed Carbon Bib Shorts - Women's

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Giordana's FormaRed Carbon bib shorts have been the benchmark of comfort for riders for years. In fact, we find it hard to believe that Giordana is able to continually outdo itself with each year's new iteration. Well it has once again. The Trade Flash FormaRed Carbon Bib Shorts are the perfect pairing to the matching Flash jersey.


Starting with the bulk of the shorts' construction, Giordana used its compressive Shield Endurance fabric. Shield achieves its compressive characteristics at a lighter weight than most Lycra blends, but it still encompasses the key traits, like inhibiting muscle oscillation and promoting a positive circulation, without the detriment of a weighty, poorly-breathing composition.


Moving to the inner legs and seat panel, Giordana placed an even stronger fabric called Zaffiro. This material is a certified Power Lycra that provides a high level of durability and friction-reduction at the highest points of saddle abrasion. Additionally, Giordana placed its new Ametista fabric around the waist as part of its Core Contour System, which is characterized by its woven-in carbon threads — thus, the "Carbon" in FormaRed Carbon. With the carbon filament, material stretch is controlled, but not just in the supportive sense. Basically, the carbon reinforces the honeycomb-knit Lycra, making it lighter, yet stronger, and allowing it universal stretch in all directions, not just four-way.


As for the fit, the shorts benefits from Giordana's innovative contoured cut. Essentially, the bib shorts are created on a curve in order to match your body in the cycling position. By doing this, abrasion is minimized, and fabric bunching and pinching is eliminated. To secure this position, Giordana incorporated its Micromesh bib straps and Aerolite leg cuffs. And for further comfort, the entirety of the bib shorts have been constructed with four-needle flatlock-stitched seams.


The bib shorts' chamois is one that Giordana touts as being the most advanced in the industry — the Women's Cirro OmniForm. It's the first chamois we've heard of with aloe vera particles directly infused into the threads of the microfiber. Aloe is not only a natural bacteria fighter, but its implementation in the fiber provides a cooling effect that protects and heals during activity. Below the skin layer, the Cirro has a 4mm-thick pad of waffled-texture expanding memory foam. The texture aids in ventilation by moving moisture to the perimeter of the chamois where accelerated evaporation can occur. The final layer of the chamois is a thick section of hand-sewn open cell padding with recessed channels for pressure relief.


The Giordana Trade Flash FormaRed Carbon Bib Shorts - Women's are available in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large and in the colors Blue/black/white and Italia/black/white.


Material
[inner legs and seat panel] Zaffiro, [uppers] Ametista, [cuffs] Aerolite, [side and back panels] Shield Endurance
Fit
form fit
Chamois
yes, W.Cirro O.F.
Chamois Thickness
[variable]
Removable Chamois
no
Leg Gripper
Aerolite
Bib
yes
Season
spring, summer, fall
Recommended Use
road riding
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year