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Scorching days and never-ending climbs.

Conjuring images of stifling desert air and soaring temperatures, Giordana's Sahara Compression Men's Shorts were created with inhospitable heat in mind. Made for cyclists who live in scorching climates or live for scorching climbs, the Sahara Compression is crafted using proprietary fabric borrowed from the swim and undergarment industry. While it's tailored for the durability cyclists require, the fabric stays true to its roots by remaining supple and soft as it wicks moisture away from your skin.

Giordana constructs each leg using just one piece of material, requiring the use of only one seam along the outside of the leg. Throughout each leg, the contoured, compressive fit encourages circulation and provides muscle support to help mitigate fatiguing vibrations. The only exceptions to the shorts' compressive hold are the leg bands, which are made from barely-there elastic mesh that gently holds the hems in place without constriction.

Though you may spend much of a climb out of the saddle, you'll spend the descent in the drops relying on a plush chamois to support and cushion you as you recover from hard efforts. In the case of the Sahara, you'll be resting your laurels on Giordana's top-end Cirro S chamois, a slim design that integrates seamlessly with the rest of the shorts. It provides luxurious relief and support where you need it, while the Copa Mondiale feature — specific to the men's line — protects and supports the male anatomy in a structured recessed panel at the front of the insert.

Tech Specs

Material:
microfiber
Fit:
compressive
Chamois:
Cirro S
Bib:
no
Leg Gripper:
elastic
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

Giordana

Men's Cycling Apparel
 SMLXLXXL
Waist

25 - 28in

(63.5 - 71cm)

28 - 32in

(71 - 81cm)

32 - 36in

(81 - 91cm)

36 - 40in

(91 - 101.5cm)

40 - 44in

(101.5 - 112cm)

Chest

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.
Chest:
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.

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Very unusual fabric

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

I have worn Giordano Lazier, shorts for years. They were/are my favorite. I had thought that this would be a fitting replacement. The fabric is very shear (light/fine/thin) and appropriate for perhaps desert conditions. The fit is snug (they are billed as compression shorts) no surprise. The fabric seems delicate and will not likely stand up to heavy use. I decided to shop other Giordano shorts/bibs.

Bleeding Edge Technology

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

I ride in the hot & humid Southeast, and bought the Sahara shorts for summer mountain centuries like Hot Doggett & Blue Ridge Breakaway. High expectations, having had good luck with other Giordana apparel, but there were serious problems after a dozen training outings and one event. Biggest problem is durability. The unusual waistband material unraveled around the top edge. Having the edge serged did not keep it together. Will have it topped with elastic edge tape, but this is a serious problem. Another issue is that top construction, though nicely light and breathable, is too low and softly stretchy. The waist creeps down annoyingly and feels loose. Lastly, the chamois is not up to the performance of other premium shorts. FWIW, my favorite is the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Series.

Great short!

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

I've been a Giordana fan for a long time and they didn't disappoint with this short. The new chamois is awesome and a great fit as usual with Giordana.