Gear Review: Giro New Road Women’s Apparel

Apparel Pro Review

Photos by Gerhard Gross and Chris Wellhausen.

Ride: Overshort — $100

For us, these shorts were the crème de la crème of the whole collection. Instead of the typical small/medium/large sizing, Giro opted to use the much more precise dress sizing, from 2-12. They fit like a dream, and thanks to innovative paneling, they pedal like your favorite bibs. They’re fitted enough that they don’t flap around but baggy enough to hide all signs of your Boy Undershorts (and anything else you might want to keep to yourself). Traditional pockets decorate the front and back providing a place to put cards or keys if you walk away from the bike. And they both wash well and drying dry wrinkle-free. We loved them on the road, we loved them on the trail and yes, we’d wear them off the bike, too.

How we felt: All our mountain biking friends are going to be jealous.

Bottom line: Your new favorite shorts.

We liked the sportswear look of Giro’s Crew Jersey, but too much gear makes for droopy pockets. Photos by Chris Wellhausen.

Ride: Crew Jersey — $80

This soft jersey is made of natural merino wool (the original technical fabric) and it easily stood up to our test rides, whether facing a chill off the coast, or super-heating on hill repeats. It kept moisture off the skin and regulated temperature beautifully. The snap button Henley-style collar made this piece feel a little more posh, and the subtle ruching adorning each of its three back pockets was a lovely feminine touch. However, the skeletal design Giro says adds structure to the pockets on this piece fell short against the standard items we put in them—phone, multitool, tire levers, CO2, snack and house keys. Once loaded, the jersey sagged in the back almost to the point of interference. A saddlebag, pannier or hydration pack would solve this issue, but so would stronger reinforcement in future versions of this jersey.

How we felt: Disappointed and a little dorky thanks to the sag. Close but no cigar.

Bottom line: Fashionable and functional, but be sure to travel light to avoid some serious sag.

Photos by Gerhard Gross.

Ride: Legging — $120

These equestrian-inspired leggings come in a sophisticated herringbone. They’re a great layer for a cooler day and while they could pass as a regular pair of pants, they’re packed with features that make them appropriate for the bike. A high waist means you can bend at the hip and pedal with confidence about your rear view. Faux pockets add a touch of class without compromising on fit (don’t worry, there’s a real zipper pocket hidden in the waist band for extra storage that won’t interfere with your ride). And the stretchy, washing-machine friendly black material in the inner calf looks great while protecting you—and your pants—from any accidental bike grease “tattoos.” You could put a pair of dress boots over top of these leggings, a fresh shirt and head straight out to dinner.

How we felt: A little shy. These are definitely “new” and might take some warming up to.

Bottom line: The kind of leggings fashion-forward commuters dream of—stylish at face value, but don’t be afraid to race off the stoplights either. They’ll keep up.

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About the author: Kristen Gross

Kristen Gross is a freelance writer and pro mountain bike racer based in Carlsbad, California. Currently preparing to check the BC Bike Race off her bucket-list, you can find Kristen training on the road, coaching with Ninja Mountain Bike Skills and keeping the rubber side down wherever the trail takes her. She’s known for her smooth, flowy lines and authentic sound effects.


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