We all desire a jump on next year's competition, but most of us encounter miserable weather that conveniently coincides with off-season base miles. Leave it to an Italian manufacturer to design a jacket worthy of the harshest winters. With the Giordana Trade FormaRed Carbon Custom Jacket you will believe that winter is just a mild inconvenience.
The FormaRed Carbon Custom jacket is a part of the Giordana FormaRed Carbon line, an award-winning series that consistently sets the bar for technical innovation and performance. The hallmark of the line is its fit. FormaRed Carbon clothes allow total freedom of movement while fitting like second skin--a feature claimed by many cycling clothing companies but only realized by a select few.
The FormaRed Carbon Custom jacket was constructed with a multi-paneled design that used different fabrics in focused areas of the jacket. The two primary fabrics incorporated were HD44 and HD44 Light. 'HD' stands for high-density, and 44 represents the number of threads used in the yarn. The higher the thread count, the better the fabric is at wicking sweat away from your skin. HD44 and HD44 Light are three-layer fabrics that include a windblocking, but breathable, WindTex membrane and an inner layer of soft, sweat-wicking fleece that has both an antibacterial treatment and a Lycra component for added stretch. The evaporative cooling effect of air rushing over moist skin may be desirable in hot weather, but in a winter chill, dry skin is the key to warmth. The outer surfaces of these fabrics received a Durable Water Repellant (DWR) treatment for protection against rain.
Now, you're probably starting to wonder where the 'carbon' is in FormaRed Carbon. Well, it's actually covering the back and side panels — Host Carbon to be exact. This material is knit with a carbon fiber filament. Why? The carbon reinforces the honeycomb-knit Lycra, making it lighter, yet stronger, and allowing it to stretch in all directions, not just four-way. It is also a highly wicking material which, in conjunction with the HD44 and HD44 Light, works to regulate your body temperature. In addition, the inclusion of these carbon panels defines the fit of the FormaRed Carbon Custom jacket. Rather than tugging and pulling the jacket into place while riding and then readjusting at each stop light, the jacket contours to your form and moves with you.
Giordana chose its soft, insulated, and shape-retaining Super Roubaix Carbon fabric for the underarms, rear panel, pockets, cuffs, and inside the collar. The FormaRed Carbon Custom Jacket features an ergonomically shaped tall collar that seals out the elements but doesn't restrict your head movements.
The full-length, locking zipper is concealed using Giordana's AeroFix guard, ensuring that you remain aerodynamic in the wind. There are seven pockets on the jacket: two zippered pockets on the chest that also serve ventilation duty, three rear cargo pockets, an added zippered pocket in back, and a hidden media pocket at the chest with loops that allow you to route your headphones up through the collar.
Two reflective strips flank the rear center pocket so that you can be seen in low-light conditions. Light elastic at the cuffs and waist and a silicone gripper waistband keep the jacket's fit dialed.
The Giordana Trade FormaRed Carbon Custom Jacket is available in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large and in the colors Giordana Wings Black/red and Pinarello Black/white/red.