The Giordana FormaRed Carbon Jacket is designed to get you through the heart of the bitter, cold winter. This is no spring jacket. The FormaRed Carbon keeps you warm in the coldest temperatures. Its design eliminates the typical bulk of traditional insulated jackets to maximize your freedom of movement and superior aerodynamics.
Giordana constructed the FormaRed Carbon jacket from the multi-layer Triguard fabric. Comprised of three layers, Triguard starts with a wind-resistant outer-layer. Both smooth and similar in texture to softshell, the outer-layer acts as a barrier between you and frigid winds. Situated between the inner-lining and shell is a WindTex membrane. While WindTex does aid in wind-protection, contrary to its name, the primary role of WindTex in Triguard is as a water repellent. The thin layer blocks seepage from the shell, keeping the skin dry without obstructing the transfer of vapor and sweat. Against the skin, Triguard uses a soft, polypropylene pile material called Dryarn to both insulate and wick away moisture. It works hand-in-hand with the cut in order to capture air above the skin. However, it draws perspiration out to the surface of the jacket in order to maintain a consistent internal temperature. Altogether, the material provides complete protection from the wind, water, and cold.
And while the fabrics of the FormaRed jacket are superb, the fit is what makes it Giordana. As Giordana puts it, the FormaRed is simple without being basic. It features a slim cut that guarantees ideal insulation. And to make certain that you have a full freedom of movement in or out of the saddle, the FormaRed uses a multi-panel, cycling specific construction. Further aiding the cut are the addition of stretch panels of WindTex along the ribs. Not only providing a malleable shape to the jacket, the stretch panels are also highly breathable and contribute to the jacket's thermo-regulation. The rear hem of the FormaRed has also been elongated to ensure protection from wheel-spray or rainfall when your're stretched over the hoods.
To keep everything in place, the FormaRed Carbon jacket has an elastic gripper along the waist. Giordana also included a full-length zipper that's been backed by a wind-resistant flap. The cuffs and collar use a doubled-over Super Roubaix fabric construction to ensure that no cold air infiltrates the internal insulation layer. Other accouterments include three rear pockets, a zippered stowaway compartment that's MP3 player compatible, and reflective elements throughout the jacket for extra visibility in low-light conditions.
The Giordana FormaRed Carbon Men's Jacket is available in the colors Black/black, Red/black, and White/black. It also comes in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large.
|Giordana Trade FormaRed Carbon Custom Jacket||$379.95|
|Giordana FormaRed Carbon Shorts||$189.95|
|Giordana FormaRed Carbon Jersey||$199.95|
|Giordana FormaRed Carbon Lightweight Jacket||$249.95|
I wore the jacket for the first time in 6 degree weather. It performed quite well keeping me warm yet managing vapor remarkably well. I was layered with only a lightweight long sleeve wicking base layer and a jersey. The jacket blocked all wind from getting through and was very comfortable to wear. I size in a Medium in most Girodana clothing and went with a large, which was perfect. It's a snug fit as designed, which seemed to help with moisture control. I couldn't justify the additional cost of the zero, I'm sure I would have been very happy riding in it, but if you want to save a couple bucks from either that or the Assos Fugu, this is a great option.
The jacket is for rides of 15 degrees and above, sizes run rrally small i ordered a large and usually wear a medium and is is way snug . Zips as a female jacket backwards.