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Giordana FormaRed Carbon Custom Women's Bib Shorts

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For years, Giordana's FormaRed Carbon bib shorts have been the benchmark of comfort. In fact, this position has been so reinforced that we've always found hard to believe that Giordana could top it once, let alone every year. However, 2013 brings yet another iteration of the FormaRed Carbon Custom Women's Bib Shorts, and not surprisingly, they've gotten even better.

Starting with the bulk of the shorts' construction, Giordana went with its compressive Shield fabric. With a certified Power Lycra composition weight of 240g/m2, the FormaRed Carbon (FRC) bib shorts have taken on a nearly medical compression level. To achieve this, the material features Giordana's new Super 40 generation weaving technology. This refers to Shield's 40 threads per centimeter (TPC), and as Giordana puts it, the highest prior thread count hovered around 36 TPC. This means that, compared to most competition, the Shield is softer, more conforming, and has a higher level of wicking capability. And remarkably, Shield achieves this at a lighter weight than most Lycra blends. Why is this important? Well, if you've worn compressive fabrics, you'll have notice that they're heavy in comparison to traditional Lycra. Shield Endurance 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 with a composition weight of 200g/m2. But, like Shield, Zaffiro features a purposefully denser weave with Giordana's SUPER 40 construction technology. This guarantees a continuation of HC-44's aforementioned characteristics, only with a higher 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. Again, we see a return of 200g/m2 Lycra, only now, Ametista 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 universally stretch in all directions, not just four-way. Additionally, the carbon fiber blocks out static and rogue atmospheric electrical interference for an increased anaerobic output and a delayed onset of fatigue.

As for the fit, the FRC 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 MicroQuad bib straps and Aerofix leg cuffs. MicroQuad features a differentiated stretch that anatomically regulates flexibility and movement. Additionally, this microfiber is highly-breathable and an efficient transporter of moisture. At the cuffs, the new Aerofix design uses a low-profile, seamless cuff that holds strong while maintaining an aerodynamic presence. 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. We don't deal in absolutes, but we can say that 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. These technologies amount to a chamois that won't get wet and nasty 100 miles into a ride, let alone 20.

The Giordana Trade FormaRed Carbon Custom Women's Bib Shorts are available in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large and in the colors Giordana Black/white and Giordana Purple/white.

Tech Specs

[seat panel] Zaffiro, [side and back panels] Shield (100% polyester), [uppers and cuffs] Aerofix, [core contour panels] Ametista
anatomic paneled
9 in
yes, W.Cirro O.F.
Chamois Thickness:
[variable] 4 mm
Removable Chamois:
1 media
UPF Rating:
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart


Sizing Chart

Note: Giordana cycling apparel has a tight fit, do not expect a baggy or roomy fit.

Women's Apparel
Dress Size 2 4 6 8 10
Chest 32in
Waist 23-25in
Hips 33-34.5in
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Natural Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.

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Wish the tag was placed elsewhere!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

I am 5'2" 105 lbs and ordered these in a small (although I am sometimes an XS but sized up). The sizing was fine, although I did not find them particularly flattering.... The chamois was great, but the problem was the tag on back. There is both an outer AND inner tag right at the base of my tailbone. Of course, I can cut off the inner tag, but there is so much extra stitching to support the outside tag that I am concerned that it would be a bother on rides. I was afraid to cut too much off for fear of ruining the seam of the shorts. I am returning them. Oh- I ordered the all black pair ( the one without Giordana in letters on the butt). Perhaps the ones with imprinted letters would be better.

Avg. ride time: 3h 25m per week
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Made for all-day comfort

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have been my go-to bibs for a year and they've held up beautifully. They offer just the right amount of compression and the chamois lives up to all that Giordana touts it to be -- the most advanced in the industry. Giordana runs small - size up if you're used to american vs. euro sizing!

Made for all-day comfort

great bibs

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

Ladies if you have not made the switch yet to bibs you should try this pair and there will be no turning back! I have three pairs all Giordana from backcountry. This pair it seems like with most cycling clothes run small. I like the bibs because no elastic is cutting into my stomach when I am on the road bike. Also no draft on my lower back because everything is covered up! The straps are fine over the shoulder and never fall off or are uncomfortable. The purple color is great because it seems so many shorts/bibs in the cycling world is black!!

Giordana FormaRed Carbon Custom Bibs

    These are the bibs I find myself reaching for over and over again. The fit is amazing (straps don't dig into my shoulders, leg openings don't cut into my thighs). The silver around the legs is flashy and fun. But what makes a pair of bibs great? The chamois. The fact that they keep you comfortable 3+ hours at a time. With just the right amount of padding and absolutely no chafing (even without chamois cream!), I have found nothing to complain about while wearing these bibs. Love them and would recommend them to anyone!

    Can someone comment on the inseam length is it truly 9". I've read other descriptions quoting inseam as 7.5". Thanks

    Gita Bike list these at 7.5" for a medium. Giordana offers a variety of inseam lengths, depending on bib 'style'.