Having the right kit can make the difference between a glorious day in the saddle and a three-hour torture session. The only thing worse than chafing, heat retention, or just ill fitting clothing is having a workout ruined because of an issue with your bibs or jersey. The team at Giro knows this all too well and recognizes that when it comes to kit options, “one size fits all” does not work for anyone. So when they launched their new Chrono Apparel Line at Eurobike last week, they went with a multi-faceted approach.
“Chrono is a natural evolution of Giro’s philosophy—delivering race-inspired and informed performance to all riders, regardless of whether they’ll ever pin a number onto one of our jerseys,” said Giro Apparel Product Director, Nathan Mack.
And because of this, Chrono consists of three levels of accessories – handling the needs of the burgeoning rider right up to the neo pro.
The Chrono Pro Bib is the result of more than two years of design, research, and testing by Giro. The primary goal was all-day comfort, and to do so, Giro created a suite of new performance features, including the custom Chrono Pro chamois, custom bib straps, and a unique lumbar support panel. The Chrono Pro Jersey pairs lightweight and breathable fabrics to create Giro’s best fitting performance jersey possible. Design benefits include a tapered collar and secure zip pocket that features a moisture barrier for your valuables.
Chrono Pro Jersey/ Chrono Pro Women’s Jersey: $180 (USD) / £139/ €179 Chrono Pro Bib: $250 (USD) / £189 / €249
Chrono Pro Women’s Short: $150 (USD) / €149 / £119
The Chrono Expert Bib utilizes Italian materials to ensure a blend of compression, comfort, and durability. Also available as a short, this bib features a custom Chrono Expert chamois, developed in partnership with Cytech.
For women, the Chrono Expert Halter bib pairs the performance of a bib with the convenience of a short, with a unique breathable mesh halter that can easily be pulled over the head for nature breaks. The Chrono Expert Jersey features stretch wicking polyester in a contoured, race fit.
Chrono Expert Jersey/ Chrono Expert Women’s Jersey: $100 (USD) / £74 / €99
Chrono Expert Bib/ Chrono Expert Women’s Halter Bib: $150 (USD) / £119 / €14 Chrono Expert Short $120 (USD)/ £89 / €119
The Sport Bib is Giro’s most affordable option in the Chrono line, with many of the design features of its higher-end companions such a custom chamois developed with Cytech, mesh shoulder straps, and a radio pocket. The Chrono Sport Jersey has a more forgiving performance fit with a mesh back panel for ventilation, three cargo pockets, and features 90% polyester and 10% elastane for a comfortable fit.
Chrono Sport Jersey/ Chrono Sport Women’s Jersey: $80 (USD) / £50 / €79 Chrono Sport Bib: $120 (USD)/ £89/ €119
Chrono Short Short/ Chrono Sport Women’s Short: $80 (USD) / £59 / €79
A proprietary Wikpro blend of nylon, polyester, and elastane designed to transfer moisture efficiently while feeling soft against the skin. Chrono Base is available in a lightweight engineered fit that will enhance the performance of your jersey. $60 (USD) / £49 / €59
While we love getting opportunities to ride in the most high-tech kits available, we know these aren’t exactly the every day options that most people will have the opportunity to use. And this is why we love to see what Giro accomplished with this Chrono line. They have options for riders of all levels at a range of price points. Obviously the real test is getting these kits on and taking them out on the road, specifically to see how the different kits compare. Keep an eye out for a review coming later this year and a closer look at the Chrono kits at Interbike just two weeks away.