Review: Giordana Silverline Cycling Shorts

Giordana Silverline Shorts review 2012

I rode more than 10,000 miles in 2012. Most of my shorts were Pearl Izumi, which has been my favorite brand for years. As they started to wear out, I needed to replace several pair. I bought more Pearl, but even the high end Pearl Shorts were not very comfortable to me anymore.

I’m not sure if they changed something, or if it’s just me. But either way, I bought cycling shorts from at least four or five different manufacturers over the past six or eight months to figure out which shorts are the best for me.

In a way, cycling shorts are a little bit like bike seats, where a lot of the difference between between shorts comes down to a highly subjective and personal opinion based on what is the most comfortable for you. Not to mention what looks good to you, which is even more subjective.

I’ve had good luck with Giordana jerseys, so I picked up a new pair of Giordana Silverline shorts on Ebay to see if they were comfortable.

I was just checking online, and it looks like it’s hard to find the Silverline in shorts only (not in the bibs form) in the men’s version right now in early spring 2013. I don’t know if they are in between year models, or if they are discontinuing the shorts for Silverline, or what.

But if you can find a pair of these shorts, they are good.

I wear medium shorts in Pearl Izumi, and also medium in Giordana. I have a 30 waist, and weigh in the low 150s, to give you an idea. The manufacturer says M is for 28 to 32 waist, L is for 32 to 36, and XL is for 36 to 40.

These shorts have a “compression” kind of fit around my thighs, which is just a little bit tighter than some of my other shorts. But they are not too tight, and I like the compression feature.

Giordana Silverline shorts chamois review

The chamois on these shorts is a very high quality one, and I find it very comfortable. The shorts are long enough on the thigh where they come down close enough to the knee that they look like pro cycling shorts, and not too short. They have held up well in the wash, and they are comfortable on long, 50 mile plus rides. As you can sort of see from the main photo, these shorts pull up pretty high. It’s a little bit too high for my personal preference. They tend to roll down a little bit in the front when I first start riding. Although after that happens I never notice them again during the ride, which tells me that they aren’t really bunching up.

I picked my pair up for around $6o including shipping on Ebay, and I think these shorts are a terrific value in that price range. I really prefer to spend in the $50 to $79 range for shorts, and when the price starts to get over $99, it is rare that I will be willing to spend that much.

The full retail on these is over $100, and I would say that the quality and fit lives up to that range for people who usually spend that much on shorts.

Here are some more manufacturer details about the shorts:

  • Anatomically shaped to conform to the movements of a cyclist on a bike
  • Moxie, a certified power lycra provides a high rate of compression that can create a massaging effect, delaying the onset of muscle fatigue
  • Supplex has cottony hand and exceptional fit due to its 500% stretch rate.
  • Feature Giordana’s new MC-3 OF insert, a seamless one-piece insert that stretches with body movement and returns to its original form at rest
  • Reflective Giordana logo on front and back for added visibility

Got any questions or have an opinion about these shorts? Be sure to leave a comment.

Review: Serfas Men’s Superleggera Cycling Shorts with Gel Chamois

Serfas Superleggera gel chamois cycling shorts review

 

I’ve been a fan of Serfas products since I bought my first Serfas bike headlight and bike taillight that I use almost daily. So when Serfas sent me a pair of their Superleggera cycling shorts for review, I was excited. I have been looking for a brand of cycling shorts to wear to switch away from Pearl Izumi, which used to be my favorite, but don’t seem as great as they once were in the past couple of years. (Look for my cycling shorts shootout post soon, where I will compare all the brands I have been trying out, including Mavic, Specialized, Bontrager and a few other brands.)

Although a lot of cyclist swear by bib shorts, I don’t like them and prefer standard cycling shorts. I don’t like the feeling of the straps on my shoulders, and I also don’t like the inconvenience of getting them on and off. Sure, the tops of standard cycling shorts might ride down a little bit over time, but that doesn’t bother me compared to bib straps.

Sizing for cycling shorts can be a crapshoot. As someone who weighs around 150 pounds with a 30 waist, I wear a medium in Pearl Izumi and Specialized. But in a Castelli, I have to wear a large. And with Serfas, I end up wearing a small. It’s really annoying if you want to try a new brand of shorts, because you can never know for sure what’s going to work for you in advance.

gelchamois

 

My first concern with “gel” in the name of the shorts is that they would be heavy or have a super squishy feeling to them. But the shorts don’t weigh any more than any of my other shorts, as far as I can tell by holding them. And the chamois feels like a regular chamois — a very comfortable one at that. The gel is described as “a lightweight, nitrogen infused, anti-migrational gel.”

Serfas describes the Superleggera as a “touring short that is designed to provide maximum comfort and performance for long rides.” But they fit just like any of my “racing” cycling shorts, and the price of $100 suggested retail puts them in the same category as the other mid to high end cycling shorts of other brands that I wear. I think maybe they just mean that these shorts are suitable for higher mileage days in the saddle.

The stitching and construction of these shorts is very high quality. I was impressed with the little details, like how they have the brand and model printed on the chamois, and how they have the brand on the inside of the really nice silicone leg grippers that keep the shorts comfortably in place. They call the seams “flat lock seam technology,” which I think just means that they use flat seams that don’t rub when you are pedaling.

The shorts have 10 panels, which give them a very comfortable fit. The inseam is 9.5 inches, and they come down on my leg to a similar position as other brands like Pearl or Specialized or Castelli.

These shorts are comfortable, and will keep a permanent rotation in my cycling drawer. If you get the chance to pick up a pair, you won’t be disappointed.

Did I leave anything out? Have any questions about the shorts? Do you own a pair? Leave a comment!