You've probably ridden in winter tights that are plenty warm, yet completely awkward in the fit department. Don't worry, this is boilerplate in cycling apparel. All too often, you're forced to compromise between warmth and comfort. And knowing this, Giordana has shattered the mold of winter apparel, and thereby ending the argument on why you're still hanging on to your old winter tights. The FormaRed Carbon Bib Tights are made to fit like a second skin, while still retaining heat during rides of any duration. Basically, these tights are the pinnacle of Giordana's 30 plus years of making apparel.
Giordana's FormaRed Carbon 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 are the most prone to abrasion and moisture accumulation. Knowing this, FormaRed uses 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 tights' 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.
The Giordana FormaRed Carbon Bib Tights are available in the color Black and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large.
|Giordana Trade FormaRed Carbon Custom Bib Tights||$225.00|
|Giordana FormaRed Carbon Bib Shorts||$249.95|
|Giordana FormaRed Carbon Windfront Bib Tights||$279.95|
|Giordana Silverline Bib Tights||$199.95|
Used these during a very cold morning, 28 degrees and worked perfectly, kept the cold out and the warm in. Very impressed with the entire Giordana Forma Red Carbon line, all quality made, with ultra thin material but high tech such that it keeps out the cold.