Dana C.wrote a review of Giordana FormaRed Carbon Men's Bib Shorts on November 6, 2013
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I purchased a FRC Giordana Bib a couple of years ago and love the garment. Have worn it multiple times and it's still in great shape and giving good service. Unfortunately Giordana changed the garment this year. I ordered the new version in June and it's a dramatic step down from the previous version. The first of the new bibs I received had a twisted shoulder strap that was rotated 180 degrees before being stitched to the front. The strap would not lay flat and I returned for a replacement. The new version has a simpler construction than the previous version and the quality of construction is not as high. I've worn the new bib less than a dozen times and there are places where the chamois stitching is beginning to separate. Not so for the old FRC bib. The problem reported by two previous reviewers for the lower leg compression strap is one I have also encountered. The bottom stretches out so easily that after just a few wearings it flairs out and doesn't grip the leg. This after only cold water wash and air dry. Giordana clearly changed the fabric for this portion of the short to a cheaper and less durable fabric and eliminated the wedge insert to cheapen construction costs (see photo, old version on left, new on right). I have bibs costing less than half the price of the new FRC bib that are better built and give superior performance. Loved the old version, but the new version discourages me from trying other Giordana products.