If you're accustomed to wearing your ski jacket during a winter ride, by all means, proceed. But, if you want something that's flattering, functional, and lightweight, the Giordana FormaRed Carbon Women's Jacket is for you. With more technical features than your car, and a cut that eliminates bulk without being restricting, the FR-C Jacket is the logical choice for your wardrobe this winter.
To create a protective layer at a climate range below freezing, Giordana used multiple layers to form the FormaRed Carbon jacket. Each section of the jacket serves a specific function, and their careful selection ultimately avoids a bulky design. Starting with the outer layer, Giordana used a high-density material that looks and feels like a lighter, more malleable version of soft shell. While adding to the overall insulation, the fabric uses a tight, spiral weave to serve its primary function -- moisture transfer and evaporation. Sound out of place? Well, think of the entire jacket working like an ecosystem, with multiple elements working in harmony towards symbiosis. Directly under the outer-layer is a regulating membrane that's constructed from the patented WindTex fabric. WindTex provides a complete protection from intruding elements while still allowing escaping vapor and heat to pass to the outer surface. This characteristic is further enhanced through the addition of doubled, Super Roubaix wrist cuffs. The jacket also has a heightened neck with an inner-sleeve to fight the cold.
So, we have our regulatory layers, but aside from keeping the icy wind out, what's keeping you warm? Well, that would be innermost layer of the FR-C jacket. Made from a soft, breathable polypropylene (similar in makeup to polyester), the fabric insulates by retaining air close to the surface of the skin. As you ride, your rising core temperature heats this air, and the jacket creates a warming insulation layer. With assistance from the other breathing fabrics, FormaRed allows excess heat to escape and creates a consistent internal temperature. Equally important, the soft-pile inner-fabric pulls moisture from the skin to keep you riding dry, because you can't stay warm when you're wet. Remarkably, all of this is achieved within a construction that feels more like a long sleeve jersey than a jacket.
With a multi-panel, minimally seamed design, the FR-C jacket features a slim cut while retaining a full range of motion. Accent panels have been strategically placed around the jacket to ensure this, but they also double as ventilation ports. For on-the-fly ventilation, Giordana included a full-length front zipper that's been reinforced from the elements with a Aerofix AVTM inner-flap. This means that when the zipper is closed, no chilly drafts are going to infiltrate the body of the jacket. Giordana also added three rear pockets, a zippered compartment, and reflective piping for low-light conditions.
The Giordana FormaRed Carbon Women's Jacket is available in the colors Black/black, Purple/white/black, and White/black and in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large.
Absolutly love it! Not mentioned in the description is that it also has a small zip-vents on either side (not under the arm pits, but just below), nice extra touch! It does have a slim fit, thanks to the previous reviewer, I went up a size...it fits perfectly (I'm not a small gal, 5'6"), and as she said, the overall length is perfect, even the sleeve length (which is always a problem; that and shoulders). Cuts the wind. The overall quality and attention to detail is outstanding and worth the price (better if on sale, of course!). Functional, stylish, sexy (for bike clothes)...Italian!
*UP-DATE: Weather here has been crazy; needing either my Gore ALP-X GT; and sometimes a warm jacket...this is still the warm jacket I reach for & Loving It!
I broke in this jacket yesterday, on a ride that started in the 40's and ended in the (low) 60's. It kept me warm when it was colder, and breathed beautifully as the temperatures rose. I never felt too cold -- or too warm! The side vents really work, as did the overall design of the jacket. It stayed down over my hips - no pulling or tugging to keep down in back - and I didn't notice it all day, which means there was no pinching, or poking, or uncomfortable seams anywhere. There are plenty of pockets, and the purple color is just gorgeous. I'm 5'7" and 120#, and I ordered the small ... good fit, but I do have narrow shoulders. Definitely a keeper!
Bought this jacket on sale a couple of years ago. It is absolutely amazing. Beautifully made and fits like a glove. I just need a bigger size, since the shoulders run a bit small. This is the absolute best women's jacket I have ever worn. The sleeve and torso length is perfect (I'm 5'7" and got a medium) and the pockets actually hold my winter riding extras. Oh, and it looks great also!! I will definitely buy another - one size larger - when they come on sale :)
Love this jacket!