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Giordana Trade FormaRed Carbon Bib Shorts with Cirro Insert - Men's

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Hello, Aloe.

To answer the call of serious cyclists who want the same gear the pros use, Giordana proudly sells its FormaRed Carbon apparel. In constant development and testing by the most rigorous athletes, pieces like the Giordana Trade FormaRed Carbon Bib Shorts with Cirro Insert are as technically advanced as they are simply fast.

Upgrading over the previous-gen HC44 fabric, the FormaRed Carbon bib shorts are now made primarily of HC50 (HC standing for high-compression). Lighter, more breathable, and more abrasion-resistant, HC50's compressive properties also support the leg's primary driving muscles, enhancing bloodflow, and as a bonus, boosting aerodynamic slipperiness, too. Giordana's Zaffiro 2.0 textured Lycra is highly durable and used on the inner legs and on the seat panels for extra abrasion resistance where you need it. The LoPro 0 microfiber bib straps are perhaps the most comfortable and unobtrusive you'll ever feel on your skin, and they're anchored to the shorts by Giordana's Core Contour System, which wraps the waist in antistatic, carbon-reinforced fibers for excellent fit and support while in the riding position.

Inside, Giordana's revolutionary Cirro chamois varies in density by up to 14mm (at its thickest) to provide the support you need on long or vigorous rides, and in an industry first, the next-to-skin layer of the chamois is incorporated with aloe vera extract. Aloe accelerates healing while also cooling and soothing the skin to provide unprecedented comfort, and the infusion of the extract takes place in a special step during the manufacturing process to ensure it won't wash out over time.

Please note that the fit of Giordana's FormaRed Carbon apparel is very slim, so it may be necessary to bump up by one size.

  • HC50 fabric (body)
  • Zaffiro 2.0 textured Lycra (inner-leg, seat panels)
  • LoPro 0 microfiber bib straps
  • Core Contour System (waist)
  • Cirro chamois with integrated aloe vera extract

Tech Specs

[primary paneling] HC50 polyester, [inner leg and seat paneling] Zaffiro 2.0 polyester, [bib straps] LoPro 0 microfiber
very tight
Cirro OmniForm
Chamois Thickness:
[max] 14 mm
Leg Gripper:
Recommended Use:
road cycling, cyclocross, cross-country mountain biking
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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Great bibs

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Size Bought: L

Like a previous reviewer, I was a loyal Laser wearer and ran those bibs into the ground. When the time came to replace them, I tried the trade FRC bibs, mostly because they were a bit more affordable than the regular FRC bibs. The differences are mostly in styling, as the Laser used to be the more-subdued design of the two. The fit and feel of these bibs is second-to-none for me. They feel just as good as the Lasers, and I've been on 60+ and 70+ mile rides with no discomfort at all. These bibs are snug without being constricting. The styling, well, I'm willing to live with for the comfort.

Just not a fit for me

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

Sometimes a certain brand or a certain line within a brand is just not a fit. I find the shorts I go to again and again are tight to the point of compression; the pad slots in nicely and the family jewels stay put. I am 6'1" and 168. I wear a M in Santini, DeMarchi and Sportful. Have worn Giordana way back when clothing was not so technical and wanted to try them again. Certainly, they are as tight as any shorts I own. However, the pad seems disproportionally wide for the short and bunches at the junction between my crotch and leg. My first ride, I put it down to just not getting the shorts adjusted well before setting out but the second ride, I was careful to get them "just so" before leaving the driveway and then also adjusted them during the ride. Still very uncomfortable. I think I have the right size; it's just a case of not being quite compatible with the way my body is put together. Also, the leg with the Giordana logo becomes hazy when on the body. The look is how lycra can look after 10 years of hard use. At first, I was concerned that the shorts were simply too small and thus stretched beyond reason. However, the leg with no graphics looks just fine. I'm guessing maybe the heat transfer process used to put the logo on "over cured" the lycra a bit. Could be unique to this pair of shorts. All in all, while a lot of thought and care has gone into the design and manufacture of these shorts, I'm going to be a lot happier and better off spending the money on Santini shorts with the Nat pad; a short that I know will fit my anatomy to a T.

Avg. ride time: 7h 51m per week
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Very nice

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've used Giordana shorts in the past (Lasers, mostly) and loved them; used them until they wore out. Some of the reviews for 2014 Laser shorts were less than enthusiastic, though, so when the time came to refresh the supply I switched last year to Castelli Free shorts (the decision was also based on some great sale pricing). While I've liked the Castellis, I find their durability to be less than ideal, and end up fighting a saddle sore whenever they show just a little too much wear.

So I went for a pair of the FRC shorts recently and my butt is ever so glad I did. I took them for their first 50 miles today. For some reason the chamois in these shorts is perfect for me, does not move around when I'm pedaling, and is good for mile after mile. I'm sure it's got something to do with the myriad of technical features listed in the product description, but the fact is they fit great and the chamois just does the trick.

The note about them being "very slim" is true. I'm skinny (6'4", 165-170 lbs, 32" waist) and a large is perfect, but I could see how weightlifter-quality thighs might have issues.