Gear Review: Giro New Road Women’s Apparel


Photos by Gerhard Gross.

Outerwear: Wind Vest — $80

The New Road wind vest has some old school features you’ll be glad to have. A zipper cover keeps your neck free from chafing, reflective piping helps you be seen and its ventilated design means it breathes well, while protecting you from the elements. But Giro has added tailoring women will love—the shoulders are of a feminine width, and darting through the chest and back ensures a close fit. Throw it in your jersey pocket and it comes out wrinkle-free. Lightweight and available in three colors, this is a great piece to have for cool spring days, whether you’ve got a heavy group ride planned or a cross-town pedal to the brunch spot.

How we felt: Satisfied. Vests usually make us feel masculine but this one didn’t.

Bottom line: A great fitting vest that seamlessly goes over any kit.

Photos by Chris Wellhausen.

Helmets, accessories to match

Giro also offers a full range of accessories that run the gamut from race-ready to recreational rider. We tried the lightweight Feather helmet that offered a little more protection to the back of the head, suitable for commuting or trail riding. Gloves, socks, shoes and eyewear are all available to mix and match according to individual budgets, tastes and needs.

Giro Women’s Apparel Designer Karany Nihm, pictured here ride testing near Moab, Utah, is the driving force behind the new collection. Photo courtesy of Giro.

Giro New Road summary

When we go for a ride, we see all kind of cyclists wearing all kinds of fashion. There are running tees on the trails and board shorts pedaling home from board meetings. Racer kits zoom by cut-offs on cruisers and tank tops appear in spin class. Giro looked around and tried to create a collection that works for everyone.

“We saw that people were looking to do more with their bikes than just ride from point A to point B in a hurry,” said Richter. “People want to get fit on the bike. People want to explore. People want to commute and not have to change when they get to their destination. They want to use the bike to get to their meeting and then roll straight to their workout or to their social times. And frankly, traditional lycra-based apparel can be a barrier to cycling for some people because it doesn’t offer that kind of versatility or range.”

While the genius of merino wool, the bulk of a chamois or the importance of pockets may not be fully appreciated by someone who hasn’t already put in miles in the saddle, they will certainly enjoy the benefits, and hopefully that means they’ll reach for their bike more often.  Conversely, experienced cyclists can try New Road confidently knowing it meets their needs while adding fit and fashion ladies’ (and mens’) cycling has been missing.

How we felt: Optimistic. With the New Road line, Giro has shown themselves to be early addressers of a growing need we’ve sensed in cycling, especially among recreational riders and commuters. We’re not sure Giro will get the attention of the Strava-chasing, town-sign sprinting group rider or racer. But maybe.

Bottom line: These fashionable, functional pieces are a welcome change to the pink flowers, green curlicues or purple butterflies women have had to choose from so far. Designed with the specific needs of a woman’s body in mind, each piece fits cleanly and despite a few minor flaws, works as intended.

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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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