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This is my first piece of clothing from Giordana. I was drawn to it because I'd heard of the quality of cycling clothing from European companies.
Someone previously commented that they fit a lot like a pair of Pearl Izumi shorts do. I beg to differ. I found that Giordana seems to run slimmer in the buttox region. I personally was pleased with this, as I feel like most Pearl Izumi shorts are designed for women with more "junk in the trunk" than I have. The shorts sit slightly lower than your natural waist. This was a good thing for me, because based on the size chart my hips measurment indicated a small, but my waist size indicated a medium. I ordered the small and they fit perfectly.
The chamois was comfortable and didn't have any seams that rubbed on long rides (a problem I've had from lower-quality products), although I found it didn't seem to wick the sweat away from me and was soaked at the end of a long ride. Additionally, the panels of the shorts seemed supportive. The elastic at the bottom also seemed flattering in that it didn't dig into my legs like many lower-quality cycling shorts do, making even fit/toned/slender legs look like they are fat (I'm sure most women know what I mean).
Bottom line: a great short for women who aren't curvy in the hip/buttox region.