Giro’s Chrono range is their top end road offering – it’s split up into ‘Expert’ and ‘Pro’, the latter featuring some extra technical features and a more aero, race focused fit. There’s a full wardrobe of women’s kit – bibs, jerseys, base layers, warmers, plus matching gloves and caps.
Head designer Karany Nhim is the mastermind behind most of what’s on offer – and we reckon the shining example of her work is the Halterneck Bib shorts.
How we can take comfort breaks easily and quickly when wearing bib shorts has been a conundrum for the cycling industry since it became apparent that women wanted the superior performance of bibs. Many options have been created – from zips right across the crotch to zips around the waist, clasps and grips – but we have to say the halterneck is our favourite. The light mesh upper body stays in place thanks to a strap around the neck, which simply comes over the head when it’s time to visit the little-girls-bush. Not only is the idea beautiful in its simplicity, the upper can act as a base layer on its own, is hugely breathable, and we also think it’s a pretty flattering style.
The only major error we think Giro made was making these excellent bibs available with the very slightly lower end Chrono Expert chamois, then offering the top end Chrono Pro bottoms as a waist short only. Whilst we love the Chrono Expert Halterneck bibs (£119), the Chrono Pro shorts (£119) come with a clever lumbar support compression panel to take care of a cyclist’s hard working lower back, and a custom chamois that offers impeccable comfort – we’d love to see them in a halter bib version.
There’s a wide range of jerseys, but our absolute favourite has to be the Chrono Pro in its Galaxy Print (£139). Giro worked with their Italian production company to create their own unique fabric mix, and they came out with the perfect partnership of polyester and elastane that offers a race-fit aero fit that doesn’t flap around, but also wraps around the contours of a woman’s body to create a flattering silhouette.
Yes, the jersey is expensive. However, it’s genuinely a pleasure to wear, and we believe it is neigh on perfect for a woman after performance that’s comfortable, and makes her feel confident and stylish.