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Giordana FormaRed Carbon Bib Knickers - Men's

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Winter knickers that will go the distance

Since FormaRed Carbon's inception, Giordana has continued to set the bar of quality cycling apparel higher and higher. Leading the way in the pro peloton, FormaRed Carbon's signature second-skin-fit make it an adored must-have -- even for the Competitive Cyclist Pro Team. Retaining the same features that have made FormaRed Carbon a favorite, Giordana added winter-weight fabrics to keep you riding warm with the Forma Red Carbon Bib Knickers.

Giordana's FormaRed bib knickers are constructed from a sophisticated blend of fabrics that share in the single purpose of keeping you warm. Starting at the seat panels, the SuperRoubaix AZ material has been incorporated to keep you protected from wheel-spray. FormaRed uses this thick, stretchy, and breathable material for its water-repellent qualities. Covering the quads is Giordana's bread-and-butter winter-weight fabric, SuperRoubaix. This material uses an interlocking, microfiber knit construction that creates a highly breathable and warming loft. But, Giordana didn't only place it on the quads for warmth, SuperRoubaix is highly stretchable and also provides a slight compression that dissipates lactic acid buildup. Rounding out the knickers' construction, the knees and calves are made from the brand new SuperRoubaix Carbon. Sharing the same interlocking knit as SuperRoubaix, SR Carbon controls the stretch of the knit in order to isolate muscles for a resistance to early fatigue. Additionally, the carbon fiber blocks out static and rogue atmospheric electrical interference for an increased anaerobic output. Altogether, the materials work in harmony to keep you insulated, protected from the elements, and riding at your best.

The FormaRed Carbon bib knickers use a curved, multi-panel design, that when combined with the malleable fabrics, anatomically conforms to your body's contours while providing a complete freedom of movement. However, to preserve the fit while in movement, Giordana has included a silicone gripper at the cuffs. Ultimately, though, the bib straps are most prone to causing abrasion and moisture buildup. Knowing this, FormaRed's bib straps use the warming, soft, and breathable AeroFix fabric. For ventilation, the 'rear window' over the small of the back is constructed from the Naxos Mesh material. With the FormaRed uppers, security doesn't come at the cost of abrasion and sweat.

The bib knickers' chamois is one that Giordana touts as being the most advanced in the industry -- the Cirro O.F.. We don't deal in absolutes, but we can say that it's the first chamois 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. These technologies amount to a chamois that won't get wet and nasty 100 miles into a ride, let alone 20.

To enhance visibility in low-light conditions, Giordana also incorporated reflective elements throughout the bib knickers.

The Giordana FormaRed Carbon Bib Knickers are available in the color Black and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large.

Tech Specs

[seat panel] SuperRoubaix AZ, [knees, calves] Super Roubaix Carbon, [quadsd] Super Roubaix, [bib straps] AeroFix, [rear window] Naxos Mesh
yes, Cirro O.F.
Chamois Thickness:
variable 4 - 14 mm
Removable Chamois:
Recommended Use:
winter road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size Chart


Men's Cycling Apparel

25 - 28in

(63.5 - 71cm)

28 - 32in

(71 - 81cm)

32 - 36in

(81 - 91cm)

36 - 40in

(91 - 101.5cm)

40 - 44in

(101.5 - 112cm)


37 - 38in

(94 - 96.5cm)

38 - 39in

(96.5 - 99cm)

40 - 42in

(101.5 - 106.5cm)

43 - 44in

(109 - 112cm)

45 - 46in

(114 - 117cm)

How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.

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happy customer

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: small

Usually don't take the time to write reviews, but CompetitiveCyclist treats its costumers right.

Initially purchased a different pair of bib knickers that were extremely uncomfortable and CC worked with me to get a new pair (this pair) to me immediately.

Taking full advantage of the cold weather/less riders on the road now.

Best knickers ever

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Xl

These are the best. I even crashed in them and they weren't damaged at all. Nice and warm too.

Avg. ride time: 17m per week
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My favorite knickers!

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

Not too thick, not too thin. I've worn these in temperatures from the mid 30's in overcast to upper 60's. I didn't get hot, or get cold descending Southgate Road on Mt. Diablo in the mid 40's. This makes getting dressed for changing temperatures much easier. I haven't tried them in the rain because I'm a wimp. They look new after 2 months of riding 4-5 days per week. They provide nice compression of those inevitable late 50's love handles. Some may not like this, but I'm actually mildly amused by the body contortions required to urinate while standing and not taking off my jersey-these are significantly more difficult than I have experienced in the past. In a public bath, I'm sure it would look quite bizarre to non-cyclists. No arrests for this to date.

Avg. ride time: 4h 56m per week
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Great knickers!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: LARGE

You can read the description to see what makes these knickers so good. Everything in the description is spot-on. The material is superb, the fit is true-to-size and the technical features are everything you expect from the FRC line from Giordana. Not familiar with Giordana? Get these and become a fan. The flex material across the knee is truly a great feature. Chamois is tops and overall I would buy them again.

very true, Giordana are my favorite.....

I also agree with his comments, and would add the length (covering most the calf) is correct. My first time in these was in 45 F weather. The knickers were great, but get a pair of tall wool socks to go along with them.

Absolutely and completely agree with what Chris has said!!! Giordana by far the best bib maker out there, hands down!!! I've owned 10+ Giordana bibs over the years and absolutely love this mfg!!! Chris's comment on the chamois is the truth! With the "Cirro O.F." chamois it's difficult to put down in words how incredibly comfortable this thing is,,,the best I've ever ridden on!!! Make sure to buy with "Cirro O.F.!!!