Giordana cycling clothing - Interbike 2012

High-end EXO range debuted

Giordana's new EXO System collection takes an ultra-scientific approach to cycling clothing. It's slightly unusual looking, but the company claims the garments will improve your performance on the road.

The common theme with the new EXO System range is its use of strategically located stitching and compressive panels, for what Giordana claims is improved muscle support and blood circulation, plus good aerodynamics courtesy of the very trim cuts. 

Highlighting the idea are the new long sleeve jersey and knickers, which aren't actually intended for use in cool weather. Instead, their main touted benefit is increased support for your calf and forearm muscles. In fact, Giordana claims both items are comfortable up to about 30°C (86°F).

Otherwise, Giordana injects its full suite of apparel know-how into each piece of the EXO System, which includes the knickers and long sleeve jersey plus a more conventional short sleeved top, bib shorts, gloves, socks and even shoe covers. 

The long sleeve EXO System top isn't meant for cold weather

Among the key features are carbon-infused wicking fabrics, laser-cut and perforated bib straps, laser-cut arm and leg openings with bonded silicone grippers, and generous applications of open mesh to help keep riders cool in hot weather.

As expected, pricing is decidedly on the premium end of the spectrum, with the jerseys costing US$250 to US$260, the shorts costing US$295, and the knickers commanding US$325.

Giordana has also revamped almost all its existing collection, including the ultra-trim and race-ready Forma Red Carbon, the mid-range Laser and more casual Fusion. Riders seeking a more traditional look will find new styles in the retro Sport heritage collection.

Giordana has added several retro-flavored styles to its sport heritage line for 2013: giordana has added several retro-flavored styles to its sport heritage line for 2013

Several retro-flavored items have been added to the Sport heritage line

Save for the new EXO System line, all the pieces in Giordana's men's clothing range receive analogous women's-specific designs.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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