Giro 'New Road' Is Functional Fashion For Women Cyclists

Giro, a brand commonly known for its helmets and bike shoes, released the New Road line of men’s bike apparel last spring. (See our ‘First Look’ at the men’s line.) I was immediately envious of my guy friends in these fashionable, comfortable cycling duds.

After a year of waiting, the women’s New Road line is now on the market. I’ve been testing it for a month.

New Road fills a void previously missing from cycling clothes. It’s neither the standard roadie spandex kit, nor typical urban wear. It’s a blend of fashion and function that I’ve been looking for.

Testing New Road for a month, hardly a day passes that I don’t wear something from the line. From commuting to long days on the road, the clothes work well. And once you get to your destination, you don’t have to change. I don’t stick out when I grab a coffee or post-ride happy hour.

The 2014 collection includes 22 pieces, from base layers to tops and bottoms. Here are a few of my favorites.

Boy Undershort – $70

A comfortable alternative to bib shorts, the Boy Undershorts are made to be worn with pants or shorts that do not have a built-in chamois. They’re made with a stretchy, breathable merino wool blend. A thin chamois provides comfort for long efforts in the saddle, but it’s small enough that I’m comfortable wearing it off the bike through the day.

Mobility Short – $90

The polyester/cotton blend Mobility Shorts have been an essential piece of my wardrobe this summer. They have a comfortable amount of stretch and still look casual enough to wear all day off the bike. The cut is shorter than my mountain bike shorts and more form-fitting, but I don’t feel like I’m showing too much leg. They’re perfect on my 7-mile daily commute to work, and I don’t have to worry about changing once I get into the GearJunkie office (we’re pretty casual around here).

Ride Crew Pockets – $120

Made of a soft and lightweight merino, the Ride Crew Pocket is one of the most comfortable jerseys I own. I use the term “jersey” loosely, as this piece looks and feels more like a T-shirt. The only distinguishing attributes are the three pockets in the back.

Rain Jacket – $200

The Rain Jacket is lightweight and versatile and provides waterproofness without sacrificing style. With a stretchy material as its base, this is one of the most comfortable rain jackets I’ve worn on or off a bike. It’s saved me from getting soaked more than once. Bonus: The Rain Jacket is a great piece to throw on when temps drop in the evening. It’s light enough that I hardly ever leave home without it in my backpack.

—See the full line of the women’s New Road on Giro’s main page.

Amy Oberbroeckling

Amy Oberbroeckling, an Iowa native, joined GearJunkie out of college and brought a passion for endurance sports as well as a flawless record in arm wrestling matches against famous rock climbers. Find her biking, trail running, cross-country skiing, camping, or tipping back a cold IPA.