GIORDANA MEN'S SHORTS/BIBS - ROAD
Giordana knows that you like options, which is why it released the popular Laser Compression Shorts without the bib strap uppers. But, just like the bib iteration, the Laser Compression Shorts incorporate all of the same compressive fabrics and advanced technologies into this version. The result is, yet again, one of the most supportive and comfortable pair of cycling shorts available.
Starting with the bulk of the shorts' construction, Giordana used its patented Moovix fabric. This material features an omnidirectional elasticity, which promotes a complete freedom of movement. The moderate denier of Moovix also naturally promotes a positive blood circulation to the heart, meaning that the more blood that you're able to move to your muscles, the better your output and recovery will be. And while Giordana stakes the claim that Moovix will increase muscle output by 12%, we find that its most vital characteristics involve the inhibiting of muscle oscillation as a result of road vibration -- a common component to early onset fatigue.
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, unlike Moovix, Zaffiro features a purposefully denser weave with Giordana's SUPER 40 construction technology. This guarantees a continuation of Moovix's aforementioned characteristics, only with a higher level of durability and friction-reduction at the highest points of saddle abrasion. Around the area of the core, the Laser utilizes Kite mesh panels in order to effectively regulate your core temperature. 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 -- it puts 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, Giordana claims that 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 Laser benefits from Giordana's innovative contoured cut. Essentially, the shorts are created on a curve in order to clone 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 LoPro 45 leg cuffs. This new AeroLite design uses a wide, low-profile cuff that holds strong while maintaining a slight aerodynamic presence. And for further comfort, the entirety of the shorts has been constructed with four-needle flatlock stitched seams.
The shorts' chamois is one that Giordana touts as being the most advanced in the industry -- the Cirro Omniform. We don't deal in absolutes, but we're able to say that it's the first chamois that 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 Laser Compression Shorts are available five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the color Black/black.