By: Todd Anthes
I am a snob when it comes to my gear. Giordana Snob (/jee-or-dahn-oh snäb/)
- a cyclist who believes that their tastes in cycling apparel are superior to those of other cyclists.
Girordana is hands down the best cycling clothing I have ever worn. For me, a cycling kit comes down to the chamois and seams. If either of these are not right, the whole thing is off; as evidenced by kits and other gear I have that I have only worn once.
I am also a bibs guy. I like everything high and tight. I wear Giordana Scatto Pro bibs. These bibs use a Cirro Omniform pad. The upper layer utilizes a nylon microfiber that incorporates aloe vera. Below that layer is a waffled memory foam that aids in ventilation and perspiration management by moving moisture to the outside of the short where it can evaporate quickly. Under all that is highly ventilated open-cell padding that is handsewn to the materials above and cut to a unique smaller shape that “protects and supports the rider at crucial points against the saddle.” And that verbiage simply means to knowledgeable cyclists that your taint doesn’t hurt after a ride.
The leg opening of the bibs do not have any rubber gripping products. I can’t stand that type of tech as it ends up rubbing my generous leg hair (yeah, I’m not a roadie); and while I can stand to lose some leg hair, losing it in that manner doesn’t feel the best. These bibs instantly make your muscles feel instantly fresher by the compressive support and cut of the fabric.
I also wear a Giordana jersey. It is not the “tightest” fit Giordana offers, it is the second most form-fitting cut. For me, it is the perfect blend of aerodynamic and technical fabrics. The shoulder offer an all-way stretch with sleeve panels with just the right amount of spandex for an aerodynamic, yet extremely breathable, fit. The jersey offers seamless laser cut cuffs and mesh inserts under the arms. And what’s better than seams that don’t rub or irritate? No seams!
The front and back panels of the jersey wrap the torso with their side-panel-free design which is woven to move moisture away from the body to the exterior of the fabric where it can evaporate quickly. The jersey has three back pockets with pocket lip and a fourth zip pocket for valuables. The construction of these pockets keeps all my gear inside, yet getting items out is a snap and doesn’t require a stop.
Both the bibs and jersey, as well as other Giordana cycling gear, incorporate reflective tabs on all sides. A nice safety feature that is tastefully done. They also have a UPF rating of 50+, which means 97+% of UV radiation blockage.
If you want to wear what the pros wear, then put on Giordana cycling wear and join many of the top cycling teams in the World!
Giordana started in the 1970s in Italy. And while Italy is certainly known for fashion, sometimes fashion is not synonymous with fit or performance. However, this is not the case with Giordana gear. It is significant to note that the product development that to this day still occurs in Italy produces what Giordana says is “apparel that works in perfect concert with the human body, giving riders the ability to perform at their highest possible level.” In other words, the gear fits great, adds to performance, and is stylish to boot. Want to hear more about the company from the owner of Giordana, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbctWMy35hk
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