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Giordana FormaRed Carbon Short with Cirro Insert - Women's


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Item # GIO002F

Muscle love.

You expect a lot from your hamstrings, quads, abductors, and glutes when you're out chasing PR's on the bike, and unless you've found a way to arrange for a deep tissue massage after every ride (kudos if you have) Giordana's FormaRed Carbon Women's Shorts with Cirro Insert should be making regular appearances in your weekly training rides.

Using nearly medical-grade compressive fabric, Giordana labored over achieving just the right fit and fabric panel arrangement to ensure the FRC would support your muscles in the saddle. Working to reduce muscle oscillation from road vibrations, the short limits muscle fatigue and improves circulation to deliver more oxygen to your muscles and prevent soreness. With such a compressive fit, the FRC won't be the most enticing short to wear if you're trying to hide an indulgent weekend diet, but its next-to-skin cut comes with tangible benefits.

Compression is the main story for the FormaRed Carbon Short, but it's not the only one. Giordana didn't neglect features that would make the short functional and resilient, including abrasion-resistant inner leg panels and supple leg grippers that distribute compression over a wide area of the leg to help you avoid dancing around in the saddle to mediate pinching and bunching leg hems. Ever-important, the Cirro chamois Giordana lines the FRC short with doesn't skimp on luxurious multi-density cushion, and promises long-term comfort from its soothing aloe vera treatment and resistance to odors.

  • HC50 Lycra construction
  • Zaffiro 2.0 anti-abrasion inner leg panels
  • Cirro OmniForm chamois
  • 190 E leg grippers with silicone
  • Reflective acents

Tech Specs

[front and side panels] HC50 power Lycra, [inner thigh and seat panels] Zaffiro 2.0
Women's Cirro OmniForm
Leg Gripper:
Recommended Use:
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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just OK

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: med

chamois fit is personal - so, although Giordanas are my favorite shorts, the older version was better for me. I started feeling some pressure around the front groin area, for whatever reason. I am keeping one, having used it multiple times for 30+ mile rides but returning the other since I don't absolutely love them. the feel of the fabric is great- compressive and not skin tight. the leg openings aren't as grippy feeling as the older version but for some reason the leg hems DON'T ride up. I wish they worked.

Thanks for the reviews! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

Just-right protective and look good!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Size Bought: Large

I just bought the FormaRed Carbon size L w/ the white stripe. I'm 5'6", with a 140lb-ish middle-aged body. I love these shorts--fit and looks. I took a 35 mile ride the day after I got them. The chamois got along well with my soft bits and protected my sitz bone nicely--better than all my other riding shorts.

These are an updated version of the FormaReds I bought summer of 2014. I love those too, but the stylish red waistband liner has come unglued. I've contacted the BackCountry warrenty dept. and I'm hoping Giordana has a fix. Thankfully, the 2016 pair don't have a waistband liner.

One thing--when standing/walking in the shorts, the chamois feels a bit wide--I can feel it pressing on my inner thighs. It is indeed notably wider than the chamois on my 2014 pair. However, when riding, that wideness wraps over the saddle--gives better protection between the saddle and ischium, and it feels normal--"diaperness" disappears. I suspect as the shorts break in, I wont feel the wideness when walking. I do highly recommend these shorts, especially if you can get them on sale. Of course, good fit varies from body to body--fortunately, the Competitive Cyclist return policy lets us try things out.

Unanswered Question

what is the inseam on a large versus extra large Giordano formared carbon shorts? I just returned a pair that were very short. Can you recommend any Giordano's that have a longer inseam? I am 5'9 and very long legged. Thanks

Good shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

My question about sizing went unanswered so I stuck with my gut and got the L. They fit perfectly, no bunching in the crotch, the right length, not TOO compressive. I rode 45 miles and then went bike shoe shopping after my ride, the shorts were comfortable the entire time. I will be ordering another pair while they are on sale.

Unanswered Question

I wear a medium in the Silverline series. due to the more compressive nature of this short, would i size up to L? Also is the inseam the same for all sizes....8.5?

What is the inseam length in an xl?

Hey robp825093,

The inseam for size XL is 8.5".

Feel free to contact me with any questions or to place an order. I would be happy to provide you with a personalized experience here at Backcounty!

Ivan Mercado



Hope to see you out there!