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Knickers never generate as much attention as bib shorts or tights, but if you're the type of cyclist who has a hard time narrowing down what to wear during the shoulder seasons, we'd recommend you giving them a chance. Investing in a pair that doesn't require you to make compromises in fit is key, and it's something that Giordana was well aware of when constructing its women's Fusion Knickers. For 2016, Giordana revamped its entire line, refocusing each product family and situating it to a specific type of rider, rather than along a vertical hierarchy based on price and quality.
The Fusion line caters to those of us who are dedicated to training regularly, but who don't feel the need to wear full compression race kit all the time, so pieces from the Fusion line employ a tailored fit without the compressive quality of the Forma Red and NX-G lines. Following this fit, the Fusion Knickers feature luxurious extras that you'll appreciate on everyday rides, like jacquard elastic leg grippers and a wide, supportive Lycra waistband to help them stay in place.
For 2016, Giordana sourced all-new, proprietary fabrics from the swim and undergarment industry with the goal of delivering lightweight, breathable fabrics that feel soft and supple throughout your ride. The resulting microfiber used for the Fusion embodies this, and it's able to efficiently wick moisture away from your skin to keep you warm when you start a chilly morning ride and cool once the midday sun warms up the air. Giordana also revisited its chamois design this year, and the minimal Cirro chamois that lines the Fusion integrates expertly with the rest of the knickers without sacrificing the plush, well-placed cushioning you'll want during long days in the saddle.