Bicycling Website review the new line. Here is what they have to say.
Helmet and shoe manufacturer Giro just unveiled a new line of clothing designed for an underserved group of cyclists: Those who don’t want, or need, a tight-fitting outfit modeled after a racing kit. The collection, called New Road, retains plenty of performance features, but it’s rendered in a style that will let cyclists drop into a restaurant mid-ride without receiving funny looks. The design will appeal to a wide range of people, from commuters to messengers, and even mountain bikers. We haven’t yet had the chance to ride in the clothes, but after seeing how cool they look, we’re excited to test them on the road (and trail).
To design the new line, Giro hired Alex Valdeman, a third-generation garment maker who created the underground label HomeRoom, and helped develop Levi’s Commuter jeans. Most of the clothes are sewn in the United States. For now, there are no women’s clothes (that’s coming in about a year), but plenty of options for men will be available when New Road hits shops in March: 14 pieces that can be worn on their own, or as part of a system with other pieces from the collection. The collection includes lots of Merino wool, and has items specifically designed for either for short rides of about 5 miles, or longer rides of about 40 miles.
The collection’s foundation is two undershorts—a bib, and short. Both pieces look pretty similar to traditional bike shorts and bibs, but Giro’s bibs have a storage pocket that’s accessible through a zipper in the outer layers. And, in what may be a first, both the underbib and undershorts have a fly for easier pit stops.
Both the undershort and underbib work with either of the two overshorts—there’s a 5M version and 40M version. The 5M model is made of a two way stretch polyester/wool blend and features an cargo pocket on the left leg, and a rear U-lock pocket. The 40M Tech Overshort is made of a four-way stretch fabric treated to repel water. Gussets on the side and crotch give you a pedal-friendly fit and a satin lining at the leg opening prevents chafing. Both overshorts are available in slim and regular fits, and in waist sizes ranging from 28 to 38.
You can pair the shorts with any of six merino wool-blend tops, which come in a variety of cuts so that you’ll look good at any occasion, be it a ride to a picnic, or dinner out. There’s a short sleeve Merino Ride jersey. From the front, the crew neck and ¾-zip placket make it look like a regular T-shirt, but it has hidden shoulder vents and the traditional three rear pockets (supported to keep them from sagging) to add a measure of utility. The more basic Merino Crew short sleeve jersey also sports the three-pocket design, as well as a breast pocket, but does not have shoulder vents. An even simpler Bonded Marino Ride Shirt does not have pockets, but still has a zipper to let you access the pocket on your bibs. For cooler weather, there’s the long-sleeved High Neck Zip-up. The ¾ Sleeve Ride Shirt relies on a side-split hem for access to the bib’s pockets. A sleeveless merino baselayer takes advantage of wool’s natural ability to transfer moisture and has a close to skin fit, and adds a little warmth to any of Giro’s clothing.
To protect you from the elements, Giro will keep you warm with three pieces of outerwear. Of them, the Wind Shirt is the most intriguing. It uses waxed cotton to repel water, and completely seal out wind. Pleats on the back help the shirt fit comfortably when you’re in the riding position. The Wind Vest, and Waterproof Jacket break with the majority of the line in using synthetic fibers instead of wool or cotton, but both use waterproof zippers, to ensure that you’ll stay dry in a sudden shower.