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Giro 40M Tech Overshort

Screen shot 2013-06-17 at 10.33.09 PMGiro’s 40M Tech Overshort is exactly what you imagine—high performance cycling shorts that you wear over your spandex. They provide style, warmth and perhaps protection in a crash, but mostly they’re for modest folks who don’t like to look like they’re riding around in their underwear.

DSC_8889_1Many people will tell you that there’s nothing like riding in just plain spandex cycling shorts. (The retired Pittsburgh bike messenger Ray Balls was living proof.) Wearing anything over them means you’re increasing the friction between you and your saddle, and impeding cooling and ventilation. Thus, one of the biggest challenges in designing a high-performance overshort is reducing friction. The 40M Tech Overshort features a seemless nylon and spandex panel where it matters most.

DSC_8892_1Another major factor in performace is fit, so Giro offers these shorts in sizes XS-XXL in both regular and slim fit. I have a 31″ waist, so Giro sent me the “32 Slim”. I don’t think I’ve ever had a better fitting pair of shorts. Granted, aesthetically I prefer a baggier look, but I simply can’t deny that the cut of the 40M is spot on.

DSC_8890_1Although they’re made for road riding, I’ve taken them on mountain bike rides, as well. Off road riding puts shorts to the test because you change riding positions so frequently. These never felt uncomfortable, nor did they ever snag on the nose of my saddle.

The shorts are constructed if synthetic fabric that has a nice look and feel, as well as a little bit of stretch. Giro makes use of additional spandex stretch panels at the waist, with both buttoned waistband adjustments and good old fashioned belt loops.

DSC_8893_1Personally, I would have liked a zippered wallet pocket on the butt, however Giro decided to keep the 40M Tech Overshort all business (noting that their accompanying jerseys all have plenty of rear pockets). These shorts have just two small pockets, a zippered cell phone pocket on the left thigh, and a key pocket on the right hip.

Like the rest of the New Road collection, the 40M Tech Overshort is sewn in California. Available in three colorways, they retail for $120. Check out www.giro.com

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  1. CruJune 19, 2013 at 8:54 am

    $120? For shorts? I’ll go with friction.

  2. RDPJune 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    $120….eek. Product is probably great, but who buys this? That is a quarter of the cost of a decent bike!

  3. sarahelizabethJune 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    dammit, i have not thought of ray since i moved. ha

  4. ncdJune 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    You’re paying for it to be made in the USA and the quality is higher then similar looking things.

  5. MCJuly 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    “seemless nylon and spandex panel where it matters most”

    It should be “seamless”, otherwise it would appear that the nylon isn’t suitable but the spandex is.

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