GIORDANA FORMA RED FRC TRADE JERSEY
Whether you want to stick with basic black or color block with a vibrant red, the Giordana Trade Solid FRC Short Sleeve Jersey will give you a high quality option for a classically styled look. Pairing the Trade Solid FRC jersey with the equally elegant Giordana Trade Solid FRC Bib Shorts will keep you looking distinguished amid the flurry of garishly colored jerseys on the start line.
FRC is the acronym for FormaRed-Carbon, and all the jerseys in this line are high-performers, known for skin-tight fit and all-day comfort. The front panel, side panels and shoulders are made from the Asteria 3.0 material. It is a super light and soft fabric that is 86% poly micro fiber. A compact weave of 40 threads per centimeter will gain you not only better coverage but a modicum of compression. You’ll feel hugged, not smothered, but the compression will help reduce fatigue through vibration. Asteria also has a UPF 50+ valuation, which is so important especially for places like your shoulders to keep from getting scorched on a sunny day. For the back panel, Giordana employs their Host Carbon material. They have placed it on the rear panel particularly because it has an elastic composition that molds to and moves with the cyclist. But it never sags, so your pockets will always feel well supported on your back no matter how full you stuff them. Host Carbon also has that added advantage of mitigating the energy-sapping electrical charges in the atmosphere. Giordana believes that athletic performance is negatively impacted by the charges in the atmosphere caused by ubiquitous things like cell phone towers. The carbon woven into the material shields the body from absorbing static energy and UV rays. It’s always hard to quantify claims such as this, but one thing you can take to the bank is that the Host Carbon material is naturally anti-bacterial which means that you’ll get stinky from odor-causing bacteria less quickly. Your riding buddies will likely appreciate that more than you do, but it’s always good to remain popular.
As for the cut of the jersey, you can expect a race fit, suitable for your weekend crits but still comfortable enough that you’ll turn to it even for those recovery rides with the kids. The arms and waistband make use of the AeroFix material, which is a double-layer fabric comprised of Ametista on the outside and red perforated Antigua on the inside. Big deal, you might think, but actually what Giordana has done is made the perfect cuff with this combination. Taken in turn, Ametista is a Power Lycra using a honeycomb knit that allows it to move in all directions while the carbon threads woven throughout help control the stretch in the fabric, increasing its ability to sit solidly on your arm and waist while still making allowances for your biceps and belly. Meanwhile, the use of Antigua on the inside of the band helps your skin to breathe since it is a semi-perforated material that creates pockets of air next to the skin. And at the waist hem, the AeroFix Gripper System secures the jersey in place even when you are hoofing it hard out of the saddle.
It’s a good thing Giordana took such care with the coordination of the materials since you are also give three rear pockets along with a fourth zippered pocket for all your essentials like keys. The pockets have a flap over them, which does not increase how difficult it is to get into them, but does aid in keeping them pleasingly aero. The full-length zipper has guards at both the top and bottom of the zipper so that you won’t scratch your chin or rough-up your shorts, which is always so irritating when a new pair of shorts gets all balled up where the zipper hits.
Look great without being accused of fashionista tendencies by adding a few Giordana Trade Solid FRC Short Sleeve Jerseys to your wardrobe. You’ll get the quality and comfort that you can expect from all jerseys in the Trade FRC line-up in addition to enjoying the best of the Giordana design tradition.
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