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 protec...
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