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The Forma-Red Carbon lets you ride when nobody else can.

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.

Tech Specs

[outer layer] TriGuard, [membrane] WindTex, [liner] Dryarn (100% polypropylene microfiber)
Waterproof Rating:
Windproof Rating:
waist (with drop back)
front full zip
3 rear, 1 media
yes, accents
Recommended Use:
winter road cycling & racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart



Size Chart


Men's Apparel
Chest 34-35in
(86.4 - 88.9cm)
(91.4 - 94.0cm)
(96.5 - 101.6cm)
(104.1 - 109.2cm)
(111.8 - 114.3cm)
Natural Waist 25-28in
(63.5 - 71.1cm)
(71.1 - 81.3cm)
(81.3 - 91.4cm)
(91.4 - 101.6cm)
(101.6 - 111.8cm)
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.


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5 5

Keeps me off my trainer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Be seen with the fluo. Stay regulated with the brilliantly placed pit zips. Really, they are fantastic. Easy to open or close at any time, it's the details.

I've worn this in temps from 15 to 60 and was comfortable at all points between. Smart layering and this jacket are about all you need for fall and spring riding. I can't find much info on how windtex is made (is it ePTFE?) but this thing has kept me dry when everything else has soaked through. Not sure if it's actually "waterproof" but it's more water resistant than a DWR coating. I've yet to have it soak through. I'm impressed.

Keeps me off my trainer
Responded on

R U wearing the F.R.C. bib tights in this pic?

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No, I'm wearing the Castelli Sorpasso, which I really like. I haven't had the chance to wear the FRC tights, but I do have the FRC Bib shorts and I love them.

5 5

Top Choice Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is very versatile depending on the base layer used. I have been warm down to 28 and did not overheat at 52. The Windtex seems comparable to the Assos wind proof but moisture permeable barrier but the jacket has a better fleece like lining making it warmer at the start of a cold weather ride. The fit is great for me. A plus are the chest side vents that that can be opened after the ride temperature warms up to give a little additional ventilation. The collar is very comfortable. The pockets are about average but the right rear zip pocket is a nice touch. This is my favorite jacket, well made, quality fabrics, and very comfortable.

5 5

First ride great

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.

Giordana's  "WindTex"  fabric.

Giordana's "WindTex" fabric.

Giordana's answer to Gore's Windstopper...and it works pretty well, too.

"Cozy" Interior of the F.R.C. Jackets

"Cozy" Interior of the F.R.C. Jackets

Both the Men's & Ladies are constructed pretty much the same.
Form-Fit, and Warm. Excellent as a wind barrier, too.
The red material inside the jacket are the vents (for the ladies, they're located below, not under the arm-pits, about mid rib area for some reason); small zippers on the outside let you choose to vent, or not to vent.
At the very bottom of the jacket you can see silicone 'grippers' that help keep it in place as you zoom along!
Jacket is water resistant, very much so, but NOT completely water-proof. If it's really cold/rainy & nasty out, I sometimes wear the Gore ALP-X 2.0 GT overtop to keep absolutely dry (and the matching ALP-X 2.0 GT pants over appropriate tights for the season)...on that note: IF you can find them, the F.R.C. tights are really great (and great-looking). They're warm, and have great windblocking ability, almost, if not just as good as Gore's *Windstopper material!
B.C. says they're not showing them as being ordered/offered at this time, but highly recommended if they become available...size-up.
*Always size-up in the F.R.C. line.

3 5

formred jacket

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.

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Why not exchange for a size up...B.C. will still help you find the size that works.
You can also check out gitabike.com to see if there's a dealer in your area (state) where you may be able to try one on, then purchase here!

3 5

formred jacket

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.