We would never claim that a pair of cycling shorts could actually make you a better cyclist there's some marketing mumbo jumbo going on there that we'd like to stay away from. We will say, however, that a short like the Giordana FormaRed Carbon certainly can't hurt. The FormaRed is the very top of the stellar Giordana clothing line and this one gets the works. From its near medical quality compression fabric to its women specific Cirro chamois, which is, frankly, one of the best on the planet, you can't go wrong with the FormaRed short. Unless, of course, you wanted a short that would make you slower.The star of the shorts' construction is the HC 50 compressive Lycra on front and side panels, which replaces the previous model's HC 44 with an increased thread count from 44 to 50 threads per centimeter squared and a corresponding uptick in compression. With the added compression, these shorts are approaching medical grade, so they're more than capable of keeping your blood flowing and reducing the fatigue caused by road vibrations and muscle oscillation over long days in the saddle.The inner thighs and seat panel feature Zaffiro 2. 0. It still features the same abrasion resistant durability as the original Zaffiro, but with an increased resistance to pedaling friction. As brand namesake Giordana herself cheerfully explains of HC 50 and Zaffiro 2. 0, Both are like their predecessors but better!The shorts' body is kept in place by the decidedly unusual 190 E leg bands down low. The 190 E bands spread a soft, non restrictive, and gently compressive grip across the 7. 5 centimeter wide cuffs. A silicone application is used throughout these bands to help keep everything in place.Inside the FormaRed Carbon Bib Short, you'll find Giordana's top of the line, women's specific Cirro chamois. This seamless, single piece insert has foam padding of varying thicknesses and densities to ensure comfort while minimizing bulk. It's elastic, so it moves and stretches wi...