Giordana's Sahara bib shorts are built for, you guessed it, hot weather riding. With purposeful breathability and focused compression, they're also aimed at uphill specialists whose goal is to minimize weight.
Giordana Sahara bib shorts specs
- Giordana's lightest weight bib short yet
- Developed for the hottest days in the saddle and the steepest climbs
- Ergonomic fit
- 1on1 Paneling System - one panel, one seam per leg technology
- Breathable core and back panels that shed heat quickly while keeping everything in place
- Perforated bib straps
- Dual stretch bib straps with stability enhancement
- Mesh-like breathable leg band
- Giordana rubber logo
- Cirro S chamois
The fit and ride
Pulling on the Saharas, the material has a distinctive mesh pattern to it. It definitely made me double check the mirror to see just how opaque or not they were. Thankfully, they provide proper coverage.
The Sahara bibs fit is tight. Giordana claims compression as one of the bib's main features, and the squeeze put on my not-that-big legs was certainly noticeable. If someone claims these bibs are anything but snug, tell them to go eat a cheeseburger.
The legs feature Giordana's 1on1 Paneling System which basically means one panel per leg for consistent compression. The single leg construction continues to the bottom seam, which has a perforated ultra thin layer underneath. Throughout my rides, the legs stayed put and were comfortable. I even grew to enjoy the slight compression. Whether or not it gave me a boost in speed is entirely up for debate.
I wore the Saharas in hot conditions and was pleased with the ventilation, especially the upper back panel which is fully mesh. They are definitely lightweight as well, so that certainly helped with the heat factor. Bombing down descents a breeze can definitely be felt through the Saharas, and in my experience it was always welcome after sweating my way to the top.
The Cirro S chamois felt soft and protective and its position worked well with my sit bones. Miles added up with nary a thought to my underside, which is high praise for any chamois. Despite its performance it's not a bulky chamois, I could feel my saddle underneath which was totally acceptable.
Giordana Sahara bib shorts pricing
$200, UK and Australian pricing not available