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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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How does this jacket compare to the Castelli Espresso? Which one is warmer, more comfortable, fit, comparisons? Thanks!

Total Satisfaction!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I've had two years to test the jacket before my final decision. And it has not waivered. The Giordana Forma-red Carbon is the Best investment for the serious cyclist, who rides all year. Living in Michigan, I reach for it anytime I am riding in the late fall to early spring, in temperatures of 25-55 F. No need for extra layers beyond a good base and Marino wool jersey. The Windex material is miraculous. Unlike a jacket for a person walking down the street, this material does not start to generate heat until after ten minutes of effort. And the fit and thought to detail is specifically meant for the cyclist only – not for running, X-C skiing or any other outside endeavor.

6' 3" 175


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

A couple of reviewers have reported of receiving the wrong colored jacket. The black options are "Black/Black" or "Black/Black/Red". Well upon receiving my order that was suppose to be Blk/Blk, I received the Blk/Blk/Red, which is a completely different look! So it appears they haven't fix the problem yet. If the Blk/Blk is no longer available, then remove it from the option box! Anyway, I purchased the jacket for an upcoming ride this weekend so I'm gonna go ahead and bite-a-bullet and keep it. But future customer might wanna beware of this.

As far as the fit, it does run quite small. I normally wear a large, I purchased an XL and I could have done well with an XXL---- (6'1" - 185 lbs)

The jacket does what it's says with regards to warmth and the quality is definitely Giordana's best! Love the zippered pocket and the other pockets are perfectly aligned! Although, fit is a little tight the quality, again, is second to none!!!

Red Hot Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

The first time I wore my new Giordano Formatted Carbon jacket I was surprised, it is surprisingly heavy for such a thin jacket and I had my doubts as I finished kitting up in my drive. The was a slight breeze and the jacket waslsetting whiffs of air in, I was a bit bit concerned. However once I got rolling this Jacket kept me very comfortable, nit hot not cold, comfy. I've won it down to 25 degrees, with a base layer and I've been happy.
The fit is true, I'm 5'6" 137 Lbs. and this is a medium, nice snug aero fit. Jacket is well made and I would definitely tell a friend to buy one. Yes, it is that good.

Avg. ride time: 6h 28m per week
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My go to cold winter jacket.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I have used this jacket several times now and yesterday I wore it on a 25 mile ride with about 2,000 feet of climbing in weather that started at 37F with a 30F chill factor, 13 mph winds, and 75 % humidity. By the end of the ride when the cold front really came through it was down to 30F according to what another rider's Garmin was saying. In other words, pretty damn cold. I was actually over dressed because I wore a thin De Marchi thermal jersey underneath the jacket with no base layer. I had to unzip a good bit on three of the climbs. I think just a short sleeve base would have been fine. It was a hard ride (at least for me) so I was putting out some heat. Well made, racer fit, and a XXL seems fine for me with a 44 in. chest size. I am 6 feet at 215lbs so I still got some gut and yes it is fairly snug in the body but I am fine with that (because I have lost 20;bs and intend to lose 20 lbs. more at least). To put things in perspective as to how all my other kit would contribute to my degree of warmth and comfort I also wore the following: Castelli thermo cap, Giordana neck gaiter, LG Defend gloves (thinsulate), Giordana G Shield long bib tights, and LG neoprene overshoe covers. This jacket ain't cheap but it does what it is supposed to do and does it well.

Avg. ride time: 8h 50m per week
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First winter jacket—amazing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This was my first nice winter jacket for cycling, so I don't have much to compare to. But basically, I love this thing. With the right base layers, I have biked from the low thirties to the high fourties. I have never had the thing fully zipped up for maximum warmth. I haven't yet tried the twenties, but only because I haven't ridden yet on a day that cold. The waterresistance seems good, but it's not the most amazing in the world, especially the arms, which do soak eventually.

The degree to which you can modulate the temperature via the vents and the main zipper is great. I've never been uncomfortable on a ride.

The fit is fantastic—tight, very comfy and with great sleeves. The pockets hold a ton (I have easily fit wallet, keys, phone, rain shell, food, a pair of mittens just in case, and a warmer hat, just in case).

Has this jacket been updated for winter 2015/2016? I just received mine (in black) and it's slightly different than the one pictured. First, there is red piping on the left shoulder seams but none on the right shoulder seams. Second, the chest vent zippers are red instead of black. Finally, there are reflective highlights around the main chest zipper. I'm not sure if this is a new design or if I just received an oddball/defective jacket. Thanks!

Joseph, did you get a reply to this question from competitive cyclist? I agree, this is not the same jacket in the photo!

No response from CC. But, I saw a picture of the FRC lightweight jacket in CC's jacket buying guide and it had the same changes. So, I'd say this is an updated design. See

Based on the pictures shown on the Giordana website, winter 2015/16 catalog...The jacket you show, appears to be an earlier version compared to what is displayed in the Giordana catalog. You can always contact Gita/Giordana by phone and ask them directly. Hope this helps you.

Avg. ride time: 1h 36m per week
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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

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

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.

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.

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.

    "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.

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

    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.