It's not everyday that we get caught by surprise, but we certainly did when we first saw the Giordana FormaRed Carbon Women's Bib Tights. For the first time, Giordana has incorporated its carbon fiber technology into a winter-weight pair of bib tights. Combine that with one of the most thought out anatomic designs on the market, and you have the perfect blend of comfort and warmth.
Giordana's FormaRed bib tights 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 tights' 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 tights 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. You'll also find Camlock zippers at the ankles for both security and adjustability. Ultimately, though, the bib straps provide the most stability to the fit of the tights. Knowing this, FormaRed uses a design that you don't find everywhere else. Instead of the uppers being designed like a one-piece swimsuit or having two straps that fumble for position over the breasts, the strap comes up between the between the breasts before splitting off towards the shoulders. Combining strength with comfort, the uppers have also been made from the warming, soft, and breathable SuperRoubaix 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 tights' chamois is one that Giordana touts as being the most advanced in the industry -- the W.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 incorporated reflective treatments throughout the bib tights.
The Giordana FormaRed Carbon Women's Bib Tights are available in the color Black and in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large.