Giro’s new clothing line focuses on versatility on and off the bike, and dispatches multiple proprietary materials (recycled, reclaimed, etc.) to do it.
Called Giro Ride, the collection is simple: a women’s and men’s jersey and short. In fact, they’re called just that: the Jersey and Short.
They use the brand’s proprietary Renew Series recycled nylon and polyester, plus materials like 4-way stretch Havoc Durablend and drirelease merino/polyester blend. The patterns, it says, aim to deliver clothing that looks good and feels comfortable anywhere on the mountain.
Giro’s recycled materials and sustainability claims
To get the Renew Series designation, at least 50% of the finished product must use fabrics and materials with recycled content. Materials include recycled nylon and poly, plus elastane and Lycra made from reclaimed fishing nets and other ocean debris.
Giro positions the new entries in a sustainability profile that it’s trying to advance. 54% of Giro’s entire apparel line uses recycled materials, and 55% now uses bluesign-approved materials.
It also says it’s “moving away” from using long-chain DWR coatings (read: waterproof coatings that rely on plastics that resist biodegradation), opting for PFC-free coatings instead. Its Chrono Expert series rain jackets, however, still use conventional DWR treatments.
Ride Shorts and Jersey
The new jersey and shorts’ performance, meanwhile, looks straightforward.
Havoc Durablend, made with Renew Series nylon, gives the Ride Shorts 4-way stretch in an effort to produce all-day comfort. The added durability of nylon is a plus. And a gusseted inseam should let you stretch out however you need to.
Plenty of pockets (2 in the back, one with zipper closure, plus standard hand pockets and a secure side zipper pocket) help you tote your essentials from the trail to the tailgate.
The Ride Jersey starts with drirelease merino/polyester blend fabric. Fast-drying and moisture-wicking are the focal points: drirelease combines merino comfort with the quick-drying properties of polyester.
Three back pockets plus a zip storage pocket help you carry tools, extra layers and plenty of snacks or whatever else you need for the day.
Each simple, sustainability-oriented Ride Short and Jersey comes in three low-key color combinations. The Shorts cost MSRP $130; the Jerseys cost MSRP $95.