In the cycling shorts industry, the descriptor "premium" is often immediately followed by "bib shorts." That's why we're so pleased that Giordana is offering the FormaRed Carbon Shorts and their inimitable Cirro Insert in a bib-free version. Opting for the non-restrictive comfort of a bib-free ride no longer relegates you to the bargain bin models, but be warned: the FormaReds' exceptional fit and function can be quite addictive, and you may never be satisfied with any other shorts again.
The star of the shorts' construction is the HC-50 compressive Lycra on front and side panels, which replaces the previous model's HC-44 with an increased thread count — from 44 to 50 threads per centimeter squared — and a corresponding uptick in compression. With the added compression, these shorts are approaching medical grade, so they're more than capable of keeping your blood flowing and reducing the fatigue caused by road vibrations and muscle oscillation over long days in the saddle.
The inner thighs and seat panel feature another familiar name, with the Zaffiro material returning and upgraded to Zaffiro 2.0. It still features the same abrasion-resistant durability, but with an increased resistance to pedaling friction. As brand namesake Giordana herself cheerfully explains of HC-50 and Zaffiro 2.0, "Both are like their predecessors but better!"
While the above two materials headline the FormaRed Shorts, the 190 E leg bands do a fine job of occasionally upstaging them. The 190 E bands spread a soft, non-restrictive, and gently compressive grip across the 7.5 centimeter-wide cuffs. A silicone application is used throughout these bands to help keep everything in place.
The previous model's girdle of Ametista fabric returns unchanged, bringing 200g/m2 of gently supportive compression to your waist and core. It also incorporates carbon filaments, which reinforces the honeycomb-knit Lycra, allowing for a lighter build that retains the strength of a heavier material. The carbon implants impart antimicrobial properties, and Giordana claims that they also absorb atmospheric electrical interference for an increased anaerobic output and a delayed onset of fatigue. The Ametista is interrupted with a lightly compressive elastic at the waist hem, and silicone grip elements on the rear help maintain coverage.
The chamois is another returning star, the Cirro OmniForm (O.F.). It incorporates aloe vera particles for natural antimmicrobial properties with a pleasant cooling side effect. The Cirro's 4mm-thick pad of waffled-texture expanding memory foam actively ushers moisture to the perimeter of the chamois to speed evaporation and limit bacteria-prone dampness. The final layer of the chamois is a thick section of hand-sewn open cell padding with recessed channels for pressure relief.
- HC-50 compressive Lycra
- Zaffiro 2.0 on inner thighs and seat
- 190 E leg bands
- Cirro OmniForm chamois
- Ametista fabric
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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.
Reviews & Community
They ruined these awesome shorts
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Last year's version of these shorts were my all-time favorites, I'm nearly co-dependent on them. I was going to stock up on them again this year, but they've made them much shorter on the thigh. It's a mid-thigh short now, almost like a tri-short, not suitable for road racing. If you're used to short-shorts, these are still great, but if you like support through your thigh like a traditional road short, well they've ruined these.
Very good chamois, slippery fit
I don't use bib shorts because my hips and butt are big enough to keep my shorts up without suspenders. The shape of the chamois is perfect but it feels like these were designed as bib shorts and they just got rid of the suspenders. These http://www.backcountry.com/louis-garneau-fit-sensor-3d-short-mens-lgn0646
are my new go - to shorts.