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New apparel combines performance clothing technology with lifestyle looks

Some of the most interesting clothing we’ve seen at this year’s Eurobike comes from Giro – yes, them that make the helmets and, in recent years, shoes.

To sum up the range in brief, it combines performance clothing technology with lifestyle looks. Lifestyle? You can wear it off the bike without looking like you’ve just fallen off the back of the chain gang. It’s bike clothing that in many cases doesn’t look particularly like bike clothing, so you won’t look out of place if you wear it to ride into town to go shopping, have a coffee, um, return your library books… stuff like that

Take this Short Sleeve Merino Polo, for example. Being made from merino wool, it should wick sweat to a decent degree and remain non-smelly after a ride because it’s naturally antibacterial. It’s cut pretty slim with vented seams at the front of the shoulders and it comes with a zipped pocket at the back, so it’s cycle-specific… but subtly cycle-specific. It’s available in four different colours; nearly all the products in the range are available in more than one.

 

The Mobility Polo is a vaguely similar shape but it’s made from a polyester/merino wool mix and comes with a zip and popper closure.

We really like the look of the Mechanic Jacket. Although it has a cotton face, it’s actually a three-layer waterproof fabric with taped seams to keep the rain out and a DWR (durable water repellent) treatment. It’s a neat design.

The Insulated Vest comes with a rip-stop nylon shell and 25g Primaloft Sport Insulation to keep you warm. Again, it doesn’t look especially bikey but it’s cut a bit longer at the back to avoid draughts when you’re stretched out on the bike.

The polyester Base Mesh Pockets is interesting in that – you guessed it – it has pockets around the back.

What’s the point in pockets in a base layer? Well, they’re just in case you don’t have any pockets in the top you’re wearing over it. The same base layer is available without the pockets too.

Tony liked the Mobility Shorts. They’re mostly cotton but with a bit of Lycra in there to allow you to bend forward on the bike and pedal in comfort. Unusually, as well as being available in various waist sizes, they’re available in two different cuts – tailored and classic.

The Mobility Trousers are made of the same fabric and they come with reflective tape inside the seam for extra visibility when you roll them up. It’s a feature we’ve seen in other trousers previously and it works well. Again, these come in two different fits.

The New Road range also includes, socks, gloves, windproof and waterproof jackets, and a complete women’s line-up, which we can’t really show you here because neither Tony nor Mat were up for modelling it (we’ll get more info on the women's stuff soon).

 

Here are the women’s Civila Shoes, though, featuring microfibre uppers, a nylon sole with a two-bolt cleat mount, and replaceable walking pads. The men’s version is the Republic. It has the same features but it’s built around a different last.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any prices yet. Go to www.giro.com for more info (all of these designs are already up there) or go to www.zyro.co.uk/giro – that’s the UK distributor.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Mr. Rossi [36 posts] 2 years ago
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I usually like Giro gear, but this just looks like a lazy and cynical attempt at hijacking the cycle casual wear market. They're basically just bad Vulpine & Rapha rip-offs. The cut on the orange jacket, trousers and the polo are abysmal. Stick to performance wear please, Giro.

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Cooks [490 posts] 2 years ago
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I don't get this bike casual niche. Not quite cycling wear, not quite casual wear, not quite anything... If you need to cycle into town to have a coffee what's wrong with a reular Tshirt?

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Fixie Girl [125 posts] 2 years ago
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And I thought it was just me.. +1 to a t-shirt without a useless rear pocket  16

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BikerBob [116 posts] 2 years ago
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At first glance it all looks okay to me  7 Of course as always it'll be down to the price point it's going to sell at.

"They're basically just bad Vulpine & Rapha rip-offs." ........... I'm not sure either of these two companies have exclusive rights to the casual cycle wear market.

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Low Speed Wobble [155 posts] 2 years ago
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Mr. Rossi wrote:

They're basically just bad Vulpine & Rapha rip-offs.

I think the variation of practical styles for the 'casual cycling' market is kind of self-limiting. Don't you?

What would you like to have seen? What would you have done differently?

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dafyddp [356 posts] 2 years ago
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I have to disagree with some of the previous comments. I fairly often go for family bike rides where we do anything between 18-40 miles but at a slow plodding pace and often on bike trails. Wearing lycra att this pace looks a bit dickish, so I'd welcome something that looks casual enough but will still do it's job on the breathability front.

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BBB [403 posts] 2 years ago
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There are plenty of non-lycra "normally" looking mtb and outdoor clothes available from many manufacturers... Endura, Ground Effect, Berghaus, Gore etc...

To me "dedicated" "urban" lines are an equivalent of smart casual worn for the trip to a supermarket or to take the bins out...;)

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robthehungrymonkey [148 posts] 2 years ago
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dafyddp wrote:

I have to disagree with some of the previous comments. I fairly often go for family bike rides where we do anything between 18-40 miles but at a slow plodding pace and often on bike trails. Wearing lycra att this pace looks a bit dickish, so I'd welcome something that looks casual enough but will still do it's job on the breathability front.

So true. I like clothes that look like what i'd normally wear but are breathable. Beforehand you were stuck with either lycra or looking like a downhill MTB'er.

I manage to sweat a stupid ammount, even trundling along. If you have no need for it, good for you. But I do.

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Mr. Rossi [36 posts] 2 years ago
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Well, I'm no clothing designer but besides my objections to the cut of the garments, I wouldn't have simply replicated the Rapha City Riding Jacket (Orange) and the Vulpine Harrington Rain Jacket (Blue). They look very similar to me.

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antozzi48 [20 posts] 2 years ago
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Now thats a boring range of clothing, looks like the contents of my Dads wardrobe! (sorry Dad)  17

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simonofthepiemans [14 posts] 2 years ago
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What are the shorts with the orangey/red trim in the first few photos?