Nothing ruins a ride faster than a damp chamois in cold weather. Whether from road spray or precipitation, once the chamois is wet, it's only a matter of time before it turns to a frigid, stinging mess. The Giordana G-Shield Men's Bib Tights address this issue, keeping your engine safe from pernicious winter water while maintaining the type of breathability and insulation found throughout the rest of the brand's thermal gear. Giordana's G-Shield line initially made its name by being as water-resistant as other brands' all-weather gear but while maintaining a higher level of breathability with less wind protection. This is an ideal balance for late fall and early spring rides when intervals and hill repeats demand better breathability, temperatures aren't as extreme as winter, and capricious weather can turn from overcast to rain in a matter of minutes. Since the tights extend all the way to your ankles, they also extend the G-Shield window to include winter riding. The secret to the G-Shield label lies in its DWR treatment, which was updated for the new model year. The latest treatment, Acqua Zero Eco, compels external water to bead up and roll off rather than soak into the fabric, letting the low-loft thermal material maintain a cocoon of dry warmth around your microclimate. As mentioned above, Acqua Zero Eco doesn't impede the material's breathability, so internal water vapor produced during the work/rest cycles of intervals and repeats is banished before it can convert to a clammy chill. The latest G-Shield Bib Tights also enjoy a bib strap upgrade, replacing the predecessors' lumpy mush straps with the lie-flat Low Pro 0 straps, aiding comfort by interfering less with layering. Despite the new DWR treatment and bib straps, the G-Shield is still built to keep seams to a minimum. And by minimum, we mean one, which reduces the chance of water infiltrating the tights. The new G-Shield Bib Tights' Cirro S chamois is the same model featured in the top-end AV Ti...
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