Rain riding is not for everyone, but with the right gear it becomes a lot more tolerable and with Giordana's new G-shield clothing I can't help but think there are some of you out there who would be able to move over to the wet side and name yourself among the self inflicted wet weather cycling martyrs.
Getting wet on the bike is a little like jumping into a cold lake. Shock and shrinkage then exhilaration. Most cyclist will say they are OK with getting wet once on the bike but not too hip to leaving the house when it's pouring. Wearing Giordana's G-shield kit I find leaving the house when it's pouring does not involve that moment of shock and I get at least 20 minutes into it before I start feeling the water seeping through. The G-shield jersey, bib, tights, arm and leg warmers are made from a new Italian fabric called Acqua-Zero which is water resistant but not water proof. Acqua-Zero sheds water and as obvious as this sounds makes water run off like water off a ducks back. Seeing is believing.
Acqua-Zero has the same look and feel of Roubaix fabric and it's stretchy enough for bibs and leg warmers, it has a fleece lining and is pretty light weight. It breaths and even when not raining is perfect for cold weather riding.
The big deal about Acqua-Zero is how it repels water and does not absorb like other fabrics. For the cyclist this means you don't become water logged and you don't get as cold from windchill because you are soaked.
Riding in the cold and wet is different with G-shield, it's better and you can go deeper and enjoy the quiet of the bike more. For the racer it's a game changer in a long cold race. The arm and leg warmers would allow you to save energy not only by staying warm but with less water weight on your arms and legs over a few hours it's a significant advantage.
No jacket but a very well designed jersey with sleeves that cover the bicep and matching arm warmers with silicon grippers that stay put - this is a great combo.
Bib shorts that are unlike most in that they will keep you warm and dry at the same time. These can be used with the knee and leg warmers or without and in a race situation with the right embrocation would be a racing cyclists dream.
Bib tights which have as few seams as possible as it's at the seams where the water seeps through first. Very comfortable and the Cirro insert is excellent. The lightweight mesh upper is a thin nylon mesh that does not become water logged. No zippers at the ankles and silicone grippers that keep everything in place - nice!
G shield comes with a one year warranty and has a minimal yet stylish look to it. If it's going to rain anytime you ride consider Giordana G shield before any other. Bravisimo Giordana!
Giordana G Shield Bib Shorts
Giordana G Shield Bib Tights
Giordana G Shield Arm Warmers
Giordana G Shield Knee Warmers
Giordana G Shield Leg Warmers