A Solid Investment
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Size Bought: Medium
I purchased a Giordana AV bib tight in the autumn of 2017. I’m now in my second season of wearing it, out on the frosty roads of Nebraska. It’s delightfully snuggly—so much so, that I only put it on if the temperatures drop below 45°F, and I actually still feel comfortable in it even at 30°F, especially once I get going. The zip-up vest component definitely helps to keep me cozy at my core.
My winter rides usually last an hour, at most. The tight has such a great chamois, though, that I’m occasionally tempted to go longer. I’m also impressed by how bright the reflective features are—this is an important safety feature on days that are short and gray.
The tights do have a fairly straight, almost boxy cut. For reference, my measurements are 33–28–38, and I ordered a size medium. Based on the sizing chart, I was a little concerned that a medium might turn out to be too big in the chest and too small in the hips. But the fabric is forgiving enough that the garment hugs those areas in the way that it should. The waist, in contrast, is slightly loose, and it would’ve been better for me if it was taken in an inch. The legs are also too long on my frame, but eh, that happens with all of my tights. I just close the ankle zipper only halfway, and I tuck the excess fabric under. That still leaves a 5" wide band of reflective material at the ankles, which works perfectly well. Ladies of average to somewhat taller heights will likely find that the inseam is about right.
All in all, I am very happy with with this purchase. It is a such a relief, to not feel confined to an indoor trainer every day from Thanksgiving to St. Patrick’s.