Giordana FormaRed Carbon Custom Women's Jersey $184.95
Keep the team and your sponsor happy.
When you want a sleek race jersey that doesn't represent a team, turn to the Giordana FormaRed Carbon Custom Women's Jersey. Why FormaRed Carbon? Chances are its softness, aerodynamics, breathability, fit, and comfort far exceed your team-sponsored jersey, and after all, they only want the best for you.
Starting with the bulk of the jersey's construction, Giordana went with its slightly compressive and incredibly soft Asteria 2.0 fabric. With a nylon/Lycra composition weight of 140g/m2, the FormaRed Carbon (FRC) jersey provides a high-level of muscle support, nearly approaching the medical compression level (240g/m2). So, at FRC's denier, you can't expect much promotion of blood flow to the heart, but your muscle groups will receive some assistance at resisting road vibration and oscillation. Additionally, the material's threads per centimeter (TPC) is among the highest available on the market. In fact, prior to Asteria 2.0, the highest thread count hovered around 36 TPC. This means that, compared to most competition, the FRC is softer, more conforming, and has a higher level of wicking capability. And remarkably, Asteria 2.0 achieves this at a lighter weight than most Lycra blends. Why is this important? Well, if you've worn compressive fabrics, you'll have notice that their heavy in comparison to traditional Lycra. So, this fabric encompasses their key traits without the detriment of a weighty, poorly-breathing composition.
For moisture management, Asteria 2.0 features a honeycomb knit construction that rapidly pulls moisture away from the skin. From there, the moisture rapidly evaporates at the surface due to the fabric's new treatment. However, with Asteria's breathability being coupled with the ultralight Micro-mesh panels at the underarms and inner-collar, thermo-regulation and core temperature are so well managed that your perspiration will greatly reduced. But, should you need to perform an on-the-fly heat dump during an HC, the zipper is equipped with a full-length camlock zipper.
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. Essentially, this material features a lightweight composition with a carbon fiber filament. Why? Essentially, with the carbon filament, material stretch becomes omnidirectional and controlled, but not just in the supportive sense. Basically, the carbon reinforces the honeycomb-knit Lycra, making it lighter, yet stronger, and allowing to universally stretch in all directions, not just four-way. Additionally, the carbon fiber blocks out static and rogue atmospheric electrical interference for an increased anaerobic output and a delayed onset of fatigue.
Rounding out the construction is the most important feature of the jersey, its fit. FRC benefits from Giordana's innovative contoured cut. Essentially, the jersey has been created on an anatomic curve in order to clone the female body in the cycling position. By doing this, abrasion is minimized, and fabric bunching and pinching is eliminated. To secure this position, Giordana incorporated its Aerofix arm cuffs and waistband. At the cuffs, the new Aerofix design uses a low-profile, seamless cuff that holds strong while maintaining an aerodynamic presence. And for further comfort, the entirety of the jersey have been constructed with four-needle flatlock stitched seams.
For housing your ride essentials, the jersey features three rear cargo pockets and a zippered security pocket, as well.
The Giordana Trade FormaRed Carbon Custom Women's Jersey is available in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large and in the colors Giordana Black/white and Giordana Purple/white.
Note: Giordana cycling apparel has a tight fit, do not expect a baggy or roomy fit.
- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
- Natural Waist:
- Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
- Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Reviews & Community
Quality and great fit
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I'm almost 5'4", weigh 115 lbs, and wear an XS. Keep in mind that this is a race fit and it's supposed to be skin tight. It fits me perfectly in the chest (32" chest), arm cuffs, and belly area.
The photo shows a solid purple jersey, but the actual jersey is very thin and somewhat see through so it does not look like the photo exactly. I could see my bib underneath... Still a nice jersey though. The material is very soft and is not a waffle pattern so hopefully the UPF 50 rating is correct.
love the color
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I also got the matching bibs and the kit looks great together. The shirt runs small so I did order up and this worked.
Giordana FormaRed Carbon Custom Jersey
This jersey is the top half of my favorite kit. Bibs are here: http://www.backcountry.com/giordana-forma-red-carbon-custom-bib-short-womens
I love how light and breathable the jersey is. I love the three pockets in the back (why do so many bike companies think women need only two?). I love that it doesn't ride up in the back. I love the flashy silver bands around the arm openings. This jersey makes me feel fast!