Last year, Giro launched a new line of clothing that sparked interest and confusion in equal measures across the Total Women’s Cycling team. At first glance the line seemed to be more about style than substance, suitable for no more than a jaunt around town and geared mainly towards hipsters. But alas here we are, ready to eat our words. There is a lot more to this range than one would assume on first glance.
I was lucky enough to be invited out to the Easton Bell Sports HQ in Scotts Valley California to get a closer look at the gear and really put it to the test. And I have to say I’m impressed.
Made from 89% merino wool and 11% nylon, the jersey is sublimely soft, has a full zip, three standard pockets on the back and a silicone gripper on the hem to prevent the jersey from riding up. The fit of the jersey is slightly roomier than a traditional fit. Aside from other benefits, it makes your cake stop slightly more comfortable!
Across the range the colour palette is filled with muted greys and blacks with the exception of a couple of bright orange offerings in the form of a wind and rain jacket. The rain jacket (£169.99) in particular is worth mention.
Another one of my favourite items in the range is the Ride Overshort (£89.99). Initially, I was extremely sceptical of the product, having never riden in anything except lycra. The idea is for this short to be worn over an undershort. Giro have two offerings in this department. The classic undershort and the boy undershort. Both are equipped with slim chamois. The latter unfortunately is not suitable for longer rides.
The merino wool boy short (£59.99), is as its name suggests a boxer short of sorts. Made from merino wool it is soft next to the skin, breathable and thanks to its discreet nature, perfect for popping on under your regular clothes for commuters. I however put it to the test on a longer spin and found out the hard way that it is simply not suitable for harder ride - I will leave the exact details of the consequences to your colourful imaginations but let’s just say there was a saddle sore or two by the evening.
The classic lycra undershort (£84.99) however is perfect for longer rides. It has a sleek, comfortable fit with the size small fitting my size 10 frame like a glove. It also fit under the Ride OverShort perfectly.
The Giro new road range has been a pleasant surprise. Additional items such as merino wool arm warmers and socks and feather light gilets prove that Giro has produced a comprehensive range of stylist, high performance products for women.
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