I bought both these and the Giordana Laser shorts at the same time. I currently own a pair of Lasers and I knew I already loved them. I figured I would try the next step up while they were on sale. One of my pet peaves in cycling shorts is the legs riding up which causes the chamois to move. These FormaReds don't have the leg grippers to help hold them down. I always thought of myself as having hefty thights, but evidently not as hefty (or muscular, I should say) as the elite cyclists who are more deserving of these shorts. The red perforated Aerofix fabric on the leg cuffs will not be enough to keep the legs from riding up. They are also too large around the leg cuffs. The Lasers fit perfectly around the leg cuffs and have a little bit of silicone dots to hold them down.
Regarding sizing, the FormaReds run slightly smaller than the Lasers everywhere except the leg cuffs. But I believe the material is meant to be slightly compressive.
I also really liked the material, it seems like it would wick moisture effortlessly.
The quality and workmanship are amazing. The slightly higher waistline holds me in and doesn't allow the shorts to roll under my belly. The chamois on both shorts is the same, and exceptional, I might add. Not too bulky, not too skimpy. They really thought of what a woman needs and incorporated that into the entire fit of the shorts.