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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


Men's Cycling Apparel

25 - 28in

(63.5 - 71cm)

28 - 32in

(71 - 81cm)

32 - 36in

(81 - 91cm)

36 - 40in

(91 - 101.5cm)

40 - 44in

(101.5 - 112cm)


37 - 38in

(94 - 96.5cm)

38 - 39in

(96.5 - 99cm)

40 - 42in

(101.5 - 106.5cm)

43 - 44in

(109 - 112cm)

45 - 46in

(114 - 117cm)

How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.

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Runs thin

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

Nice jacket (size M) but not built for guys with a bit of upper body muscle.

Warm and breathable

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

I love to ride, all year and needed a good winter Jersy/Jacket, the Formared Carbon Jacket more than meets my needs. I find the fit true and it is nice and close fitting not loose and flapping in the wind. Yes you pay a bit more but I think it is well worth it, bring on the cold and head out for a ride.

I love this jacket!

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

it's my first winter jacket. I didn't want to be bulky to ride a bike in winter season so that I searched many jackets. Some had good reputation but pricey. and this jacket was little bit pricey, but I felt like functions are pretty impressive. I read all reviews and decided to have it.
now, I'm so satisfied on my decision.

Great Winter Jacket for range of temps

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

Had it a month. Temps 25 to 40 degrees here in CO. This is key: as with any gear you'll have to learn its capabilities. For rides during which I don't generate heat/moisture I wear a summer jersey and long sleeve jersey beneath. For winter interval rides -- i wear the long sleeve jersey under --- with two arm warmers tucked into bib tights and up the ribs at my side: they add a little lateral wind barrier for cold descents. This jacket breathes well -- vented at the sides or otherwise. Descending, the air escapes so fast at my sides (the jacket windscreen doesn't cover this area) that I cool down way too fast! The arm warmers divert the wind just enough to keep ribs warmer. Plenty of breathe-ability remains to allow moisture to escape from back of ribs with arm warmers in place. This must sound weird but I have to ride all year, unless weather prevents it.
I've tried many jackets of 55 yrs of riding. This one is the best for a range of temps and wind, as long as you customize what's beneath it.

Not really a Winter Jacket

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

The fit was still snug even though I got one size larger than I normally wear. I used it once so far on a day that was 35 degrees and 5-8 mile winds, overcast but no rain. I was barely warm enough even with a Rapha Merino wool long sleeve heavy base layer and a Giordana sleeveless light base layer under that. I think I will be forced to buy some other jacket if I want to ride below 32 degees. The jacket looks nice but that's all I can say good about it.

Avg. ride time: 11h 46m per week
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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

This jacket is superb quality, as you would expect for the price, and it is made in Italy. It breathes well, and also keeps you at the correct temps. I have used it from low 40s up to the mid 50s so far. I have only used it with a long sleeve base layer and jersey combo, and it fits fine. The jacket is not loose, so it is pretty aero considering.

My jacket from last season is a well known brand, made in China, and while it heats me up, it feels like a plastic bag flapping in the wind, and eventually producing massive sweat.

Great if you're a skinny European

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

I'm 5'6", 153 pounds, great shape, some muscle. Cycle 3,000 yearly. I ordered a Large based on the reviews. Not in the history of the world would a guy my size order a large in anything and have it be too small. The arm openings are way to small, the seems grabbed underneath my arms and around my shoulders. Very uncomfortable. Additionally, there is no room at all for base layers.

I have an inch on you and most likely 2lbs heavier, but a Small was just perfect for me with an Under Armour Cold Gear base layer.

A Large would've been far too big for me. I'm sure it will be longer in the arms (which annoys the heck out of me) and torso.

Maybe I'm just slimmer waist up? I wear a 36R or 38S suit

Avg. ride time: 4h 21m per week
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Solid product - Italian sizing

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

I needed a true Winter jacket for North Georgia and I think this is a solid choice. I have long arms and long torso so XL is the proper size to allow comfort and layering. Great value in my opinion.

good but not great

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

This is my second purchase of this jacket the first was a large two years ago and i have since lost enough weight that it was just a little to baggy when the pockets where filled with food and gear. So loving how the jacket performed i purchased the same one in a medium only to find out that the color scheme has changed slightly, why would Giordana make a high vis fluo yellow jacket with a solid black back? The only other problem i have is the venting zippers are a little stiff and can be hard to zip up with bulky gloves on, if they replaced the vent zipper with the same one that is used on the main jacket this would be a great improvement. All the negatives aside this is a fantastic product i used it in temps as high as 60 deg with just a jersey under and in temps as low as 30 with a good base layer. Just be careful when choosing your color and maybe competitive cyclist could do a little better job of labeling the views (include the current color in every view).

Unanswered Question

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!!!

Is this Jacket yellow on both sides(front and back) as it is on the picture?

No, and I had to return it for that reason. I hate wearing florescent clothing but when I do the reason is for safety so I am higher visibility. It makes zero sense to me why get a neon yellow jacket but it be black on the back. I returned it and got the less expensive Fusion which is yellow on both sides and it's a perfectly fine jacket. A little looser fit but I would recommend it. And anyone who complains about this jacket being too right doesn't want a race fit jacket and doesn't know what they're shopping for in the first place.

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: 2h 16m 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: 9h 40m 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.

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.

Informative review... especially with the photo! Thanks

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.