We've found that a serious cyclist is just that, regardless of gender. And every serious rider deserves top-end apparel. The Giordana Forma Red Carbon Women's Short Sleeve Jersey is built to be at least as good as the men's stuff -- just cut to fit ladies. And of course, there's no sacrificing of pocket space!
Like the men's version, it's cut to fit your body like a second skin in order to reduce creasing and puckering. After all it is part of the Body Clone line. The front and back center panels are made from super light Asteria fabric. It's Giordana's top-of-the-line fabric that is light, soft against your skin, and wicks sweat like crazy to keep you dry and comfortable. Its omni-directional stretch allows the FormaRed Carbon Jersey to move with your body, but never gets over-stretched, even after long-term wear.
Carbon threads have also been woven into the fabric in the two rear side panels where it limits the vertical stretch and stabilizes the pockets to prevent sag when they're loaded. The carbon is naturally antibacterial ...Giordana's finest women's jersey and cut to fit like a second skin... and inhibits the development of odor causing bacteria, which is a great thing. The carbon fibers also accelerate the evaporation of moisture, thereby keeping the skin dry and cool, and micro-mesh inserts underneath the arms help to give you maximum breathability.
At the cuffs, the Ametista fabric is backed with Antigua material to hold the jersey in place. The front has a full CamLock zipper, and it has a garage at the very top to safeguard your neck from irritation. A CamLock zippered fourth back pocket gives you a safe place to store your keys or credit cards. Finally, here is a woman's-specific jersey that recognizes you can't bring your purse on a three hour ride. Tastefully branded silicone grippers at the back of the jersey hold it all in place so that there is no slippage of the jersey. Reflective elements have also been added at the front and back of the jersey to keep you visible when your ride on low light conditions.
In support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Giordana offers this jersey in a color option with pink accents. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to help the fight against cancer. The Giordana FormaRed Carbon Women's Short Sleeve Jersey is available in X-Small through X-Large and it comes in Black/white/pink and White/black/red.
|Giordana FormaRed Carbon Jersey - Short-Sleeve||$90.00|
|Giordana FormaRed Carbon Shorts||$150.00|
|Giordana FormaRed Carbon Long Sleeve Jersey||$199.95|
|Giordana FormaRed Carbon Bib Shorts||$174.95|
I've been waiting on this jersey & the matching shorts for some time now. Particularly the blk/pink 'breast cancer awareness' version, as I have lost both Grandmothers to it, my mother to pancreatic cancer, one aunt to ovarian cancer, another to breast cancer, a cousin to leukemia, and sadly other distant relatives (and all live in various parts of the country). Lost a lady friend to cancer, and she had previously lost her 3 year old son to leukemia! Even one of my team members at work has ovarian cancer, and of all things, her cat! In fact, you hear of more & more animals being diagnosed with cancer (and they don't smoke)! You get the picture. A horrible disease that desperately needs a cure.
So, back to the jersey:
I so want to love it, but:
The front zipper has a peculiar puckering, in/out/in and so on all the way down the front. I tried pulling it taunt, and in the 'riding' position, but no change. Just puckering all the way down the zipper, very pronounced & obvious. Got this in my reg. Giordana size, couldn't fit in a smaller size, unfortunately.
Right now, I'm looking at 4 of my favorite jerseys (after I put them on to compare, again), hanging side x side...and you can definitely see the puckering of the new one, exaggerated because of the pink line against a black background.
It seems made very well, and I don't see any other flaws. Very sharp-looking, aside from this flaw. My Assos Ellisse (in Adua) is perfect; the older FR-C jersey (the purple/white sagg.) is also perfect. Even my Gore is straight as an arrow (the zipper line, that is).
Disappointed. Would order another. Might be just this particular jersey; or something to do with the pink/black style only. I'll probably give it another try, depending on if any other ladies have any issues with this particular version of this jersey, or not...
Still love Giordana!