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Momentum Mag reviews the Giro 40M Tech Overshort.
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Giro aimed to delivery a versatile riding short that could deliver an uncompromising combination of comfort, performance, and style. The 40M Tech Overshort features a 4-way stretch fabric that works with side and crotch gussets to provide a tailored fit optimized for the pedaling motion. Available in three colors in slim and regular fits. Men’s sizing available from 28-38 waist.
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These made-in-California shorts are super comfortable on the bike for both commuting and “sporty” riding, but let you keep a bit more modesty than a pair of Spandex shorts alone. While made of quick-dry stretchy materials, they don’t look out of place at a casual event, and the neutral colors (Jet Black, Pewter, and Desert available) will blend with most casual clothing.
The fit is adjustable to accommodate whatever you’re wearing underneath. I am usually a 31 waist, so I was initially worried when I received a size 32, but with the adjusters inside the waistband, I easily adjusted them to fit me comfortably. If I was going on a longer ride wearing spandex underneath, I might loosen off the adjustment to compensate. The gusset in the crotch and inner legs as well as the satin-lined leg openings ensure that you can ride a long time in these shorts without discomfort.
The primarily synthetic fabric is stain and water-resistant (DWR treated) and looked great after washing and hang-drying.
I wish there were more pockets. For my regular city riding, I like to have front or rear pockets for keys, change, and more. These shorts have only a single left-side zip pocket. A small quibble, but if more pockets are important for you, Giro has other shorts options.
Giro’s 40M Tech Overshorts provide modesty for those who want to wear Spandex bottoms for riding, or they serve as a sporty short on their own. If I were riding to a summer party, I would probably choose something more fashionable from my wardrobe. For my commutes, however, these shorts have become my go-to.
Tim Tewsley is a green building strategist with Recollective Consulting in Vancouver BC and a cycling instructor with HUB. Though he rides road and mountain bikes, he most enjoys his morning commute to work.