Giro New Road Women's Ride shorts

A lightweight minimalistic pair of shorts with an upper end price tag

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Comfortable and lightweight pair of shorts that will fit some better than others, so best to try before you buy

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    Comfortable chamois

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    Large leg gripper

Using a super supple MITI lycra these were probably the softest shorts that I have tested recently, really giving a second skin feel when on.

While I appreciated the strokeability factor of the shorts, the lack of any muscle compression was noticeable, even if was just psychosomatic.

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The chamois on the Giro New Road Women's Ride shorts offered a well-balanced proportion of padding in all the right places, without being either too big or two small in width or depth.

Use of a wider than average waistband prevented any over tummy constriction, reducing it to a slight pressure, and a high back meant no risk of drafty jersey to short gaps once in a riding position.

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I found the circumference of the leg gripper too big for a size small, meaning the short legs rode to a wider part of the thigh before holding secure, so a better fit for ladies with more developed legs.

At nearly £80, these are in the upper tier cost wise for non bibshorts, but aren’t quite as perfect as I'd hope for at that price.