ira.goldsc1527338wrote a review of Giordana FormaRed Bib Shorts with Cirro Insert - Men's on August 18, 2017
Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
I love Giordana’s blend of technical features and quality construction, so I've wanted to own one of their bibs for several years now. However, their fit (both leg circumference and length) varies greatly between models. This has been a challenge for me as a small person (5’5”, 125lbs., 29”waist) with a leg length of a 5’2” person. Unfortunately the "hot pants" fit of these FR-C’s with a 5cm shorter leg length has led me to give up on Giordana for now. But first some background.
BACKGROUND: In my search to find a Giordana bib that might fit without breaking the bank I previously tried on two other models in a sz. Small. First the Laser a couple of years ago, but this was too loose especially at the chamois area & at the leg bands which came down to the narrow part of my quad just above my knee caps. I then recently tried on the Fusion since the Giordana "inseam" chart shows that it's the shortest bib @ a 10” inseam (1” shorter than the Fusion) but it was even looser fitting than the Laser (larger than a sz. Medium Castelli) and, because of this, they fit as long & with even looser leg bands than the Fusion.
Finally I decided to try the FR-C’s since they supposedly have a tighter fit than most other Giordana models. However, the feedback indicated that the supposed 11” inseam runs long which meant that they would once again end at my knee caps with leg bands flapping in the breeze. Competitive Cyclist recommended that I try the 5cm shorter (i.e., 2”) model which should've been close to perfect (that’s how much shorter the Laser & Fusion needed to be so that the leg bands could fit more snugly around a wider part of my lower quads).
CONCLUSION: The FR-C’s are definitely a much tighter "race fit" than the Fusion or Laser...not quite as tight as Castelli Free Aero’s but close enough. However the leg length on the 5cm shorter model was 1-2” shorter than expected such that the leg bands ended well above my tan line and close to “hot pants” in look. I confirmed this surprise when I measured the inseam at 8” (not the expected 9”). Based on this they should be called "7.5cm shorter" - what gives? Otherwise these are beautifully designed bibs in every aspect (closer to perfect vs. the likes of Assos Equipe’s and Castelli Free Aero’s), but I am tired of returning Giordana bibs due to their fit suprises…so I’m raising the white flag.
NOTE TO GIORDANA – Please make your fit more consistent between models. And why not make a race-fit bib (or a sz. XS one) with an inseam closer to that found on most other brands (i.e., 9”-10”) rather than giving me the choice between capri pant leg lengths (with leg bands that are too loose) and that of hot pants?