Weaknesses: Crotch area is very tight. Middle seam rubs up against my male parts. Maybe some company will make shorts that actually cups a man's gentials rather than smash and seperate them. The other way to remedy this problem is to wear a thong that actually keeps everything together and up front.
a Cross Country Rider
from duxbury, vt, usa
Date Reviewed: July 18, 2009
Weaknesses: I bought one pair and rode them several times to prove their comfort. Then I went back to get three more pairs thinking I wouldn't have to shorts shop for at least a couple of years. By the end of the first season the fabric on all four pairs was giving out, showing those patches you see on old shorts where the stretch is gone. The owner of the shop where I bought them contacted Giordana re. warranty, but they would not back them up. $460 worth of shorts down the drain in one season.
I bike alot and I spend alot on biking, but Giordana will not be getting any more of my money.
These are some of the most durable, and comfortable shorts I have, the padding isnt too thick, theres just enought to make a long ride feel like a short one, the fit is perfect, great product for the money, these are just as comfortable as my pearls and casstella ?? sorry about the spelling...If you need some great shorts get these...
Strengths: Comfortable, fits well until it falls apart
Weaknesses: Cheap construction, especially with stitching. After only a couple of rides, the stitching holding the chamois started to unravel. Well, i've been able do a little sewing myself to retard this unraveling, but after about a month of use, about one third of the stiching has unraveled. This same thing happened on a previous pair of Giordiana shorts I owned, and although I've noticed a couple of other shorts unravel a little, none has come close to the speed and extent that Giordiana shorts unravel.
These were the most comfortable shorts I've purchased, but only for the first couple of weeks, which is why I purchased them, even though I knew that my previous pair of Giordiana shorts had some workmanship issues. Well, these shorts have the same issues. I don't recommend this brand to anyone who does a lot of riding, because they will fall apart, unless you're willing to do some sewing yourself. Hopefully Giordiana reads these reviews, because this planned obsolescence thing isn't going to work for me, as I will never purchase another pair until they address their workmanship issues. They can get 5 flamin chilis once they fix their hem issues.
a Weekend Warrior
from Los Angeles, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: May 20, 2002
Strengths: Giordana Silverline shorts Comfortable; Good fit; Doesn't creep, bunch, bind or bite; Stayed dry and felt cool in hot temps.
Weaknesses: Used 'em ONLY twice with NO crashes or abrasion and stitching on lower elastic bands on both legs is coming apart! Doesn't seem to have been any kind of lock stitch on the threads' ends. It's not just loose ends though (wish it was); loop and stitch are both coming apart!
May cost less than Pearl or like ilk, but it's still $60!!! and to put together a decent product and then blow it on the stitching is bad business, wasting the customer's time and money. Blame it on oem manufacturers and qc? I don't think so. It's made in Italy, not China (or that's what the label says).
a Cross Country Rider
from King George, VA
Date Reviewed: May 18, 2002
Strengths: Extremely comfotable and they stay extremely dry.
Weaknesses: None yet. Longevity remains to be seen though. Haven't put a great deal of wear and tear on them.
This review is for Giordana's 8-panel short. Best quality is probably the lack of moisture that builds up on these puppies. Almost bone dry even after a long ride. I personally like the style of the short as the inseam seems to be a little longer than some others. That's just personal preference though. Very good short that is comparable to some high end Pearls at a much cheaper price.
Similar Products Used: Lousy In Motions. You'd be better off wearing Depends.
from Ashland, OR, USA
Date Reviewed: May 2, 2002
Strengths: This review is for the Giordana Bib Knickers - these are not 8-panel shorts. In fact, I think these are 1-panel shorts. Strengths? Let me think about that...
Weaknesses: Yeah, lots of 'em. The chamois is not bad, no complaints. But the rest of the short? Buy these shorts if you clammy material that does not stretch with your body. I can't believe that these shorts passed any sort of real-world product testing. The fabric is the most uncomfortable feeling stuff I've ever pulled over my skin. And, like I said before, there no panels to speak of. Panels are good things because they allow the short to conform to your body. Hello, Giordana? Have you heard of these things?
The Giordana Bib Knicker is a poorly designed, highly uncomfortable short. Don't buy them.
Similar Products Used: Over the years I've used almost every brand of short out there. I've even had a pair of Giordana's that I loved and lasted a long time. Perhaps these shorts are unique in Giordana's line - I don't know. But do yourself a favor - buy a good pair of shorts and some knee warmers. Forget about these knickers.
Bike Setup: N/A
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2000
Strengths: Great fit, well-cut chamois, decent materials and workmanship.
Weaknesses: Padding could be a bit more generous. The lycra used has changed over the last couple of years so longevity of the newer models remains to be seen. Also, the pricing of the bibs (the only model I've used) has increased over the last couple of years after being $50 for years.
Long lasting and great fitting. If they had a bit more padding, they would be my overwhelming choice over Assos Proline due to the latter's cost. A staple product of my cycling quiver over the years.
these aren't themost durable short in the world--under heavy use mine started going threadbare after a couple of seasons. also, the chamois isn't very dense, so you can't where these shorts on rides longer than 2 hours without parts going numb. but, they are cheap and euro-cool.
a weekend warrior
from Columbia, Missouri, les Etats-Unis
Date Reviewed: January 25, 1999
BEWARE: You may have to go WAY out of your way to locate and purchase Giordana shorts, but if you do, you'll never want any other brand in future. I accidentally bought a pair of their shorts, and now own bibs, Roubaix tights et cetera. The material and construction are excellent, and, most importantly (especially after long rides), they are SO COMFORTABLE!! Cinq étoiles!
from Montebelluna, Italy
Date Reviewed: January 19, 1999
These shorts, (the Giordana shorts, not the Pearl Izumi shorts pictured above) are the best. The quality, the durability, the comfort, etc. are all incredible. I have their shorts, bibs, knickers and full length Roubaix tights. All highly recommended...
a cross-country rider
from Bend, or
Date Reviewed: May 3, 1998
got a pair or the paris-roubais bibs and they are the best cool weatheer knickers ever. well worth the $ for anything under 60 degrees. also after ridding in bibs i will never wear shorts with a waste band again. these bibs are super warm in cool weather but not too hot when it gets warm, have a great pad, nice sholder straps, and after a year+ (i bought them used from a pro who i'm sure put a few miles on them) they still look almost new.
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