Giro New Road Women's Ride shorts review

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

For
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    Lightweight

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    Comfortable chamois

Against
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    Cost

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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.

Hannah Bussey
Hannah Bussey

Hannah Bussey is Cycling Weekly’s longest serving Tech writer, having started with the Magazine back in 2011.

She's specialises on the technical side of all things cycling, including Pro Peloton Team kit having covered multiple seasons of the Spring Classics, and Grand Tours for both print and websites. Prior to joining Cycling Weekly, Hannah was a successful road and track racer, competing in UCI races across the world, and has raced in most of Europe, China, Pakistan and New Zealand. For fun, she's ridden LEJoG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, win 24 hour mountain bike race and tackle famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.