Sweet on the outside.
We've been admiring the aesthetics of this year's Giordana Trade FormaRed Carbon Women's Jersey from afar since we first heard about its existence, and the jersey's expert tailoring and functionality make it something we'd reach for any day on the roads. FormaRed Carbon's reputation precedes itself as a longstanding Giordana staple, with the Trade distinction referring to the expertly sublimated confectionary stripes that adorn the jersey this season. Using a combination of highly functional fabrics, Giordana has brought back a staple piece just in time for your next road race, criterium, or weekend ride.
The FormaRed Carbon (FR-C) line has earned a close following for its streamlined, contoured fit, which Giordana achieves by using a meticulously-selected blend of fabrics, anchored by Asteria 2.0 and Gi27 on the main body. Asteria 2.0 establishes the compressive fit of FR-C garments, which supports your muscles over longer rides and protects your skin from the sun with built-in UV protection while Gi27 works with it to usher moisture away from your skin quickly. With such a close fit, moisture is wicked rapidly and continuously, and the fabric still retains its shape over hours in the saddle.
Whether you're riding or racing, breaking your concentration to pull down a waistband hem or bunched arm cuff repeatedly throughout a ride is like white noise; you don't notice how much it's been annoying you until it stops. With wide, sculpted panels of AeroFix Pro at each sleeve ending and along the waistband, the Trade FR-C comes equipped to stay in-place as you're stretched out in your drops or sitting up on your hoods to catch your breath.
As a finishing touch, Giordana adds the three standard rear pockets and practical fourth rear zippered pocket that we're seeing become the new high-end jersey standard, giving you more than enough space to stash a homemade cookie to reward the day's Cima Coppi, as well as a secure place for more mundane essentials like cash and keys. A panel of Host Carbon reinforces the entire panel of pockets, so you're free to load them up without distorting the fit of the jersey.
- A form-fitting, lightly compressive cycling jersey
- Sculpted, supportive fabric holds its shape in the saddle
- Moisture-wicking, UV-blocking fabric keeps you cool and dry
- Aerodynamic waistband and cuffs lay flat and stay in place