Dialed for the cold.
Streamlined, form-fitting, and precision weren't always words we'd throw around about winter cycling gear, however, in recent years we've seen a revamp of jerseys, jackets and bib tights designed for the performance cyclist who chooses to commit to base miles throughout the winter. Giordana steps up to the plate ready to bat with their FR-C Raggi Long Sleeve Jersey for Men. Wrapping together the versatility of a thermal jersey with Giordana's FormaRed-Carbon line, the result is performance that takes you above and beyond your average thermal jersey, for total warmth, moisture wicking, and a form-fitting cut that minimizes excessive fabric that would flap in the wind.
The jersey is constructed from Giordana's Dolomiti fabric, blending together microfiber and spandex to result in a thermal material that offers a soft brushed lining to trap heat and wick away sweat, and a smooth exterior that gives cold breezes something to reckon with. Dolomiti is named for the Italian mountain range that hosts intense high-altitide climbs that stay cold through the summer, requiring layers of warmth to keep you going. Its high-stretch threads offer the perfect balance of breathability and lightweight insulation that manages your core temperature so that you can achieve the perfect balance of staying cool on fierce climbs, and warm against icy crosswinds. Designed around the idea of performing as a cold-weather race jersey, Dolomiti's breathability also makes for a perfect mid-layer when the temperatures truly plummet.
Continuing to host characteristics of the FR-C line, the Raggi Jersey uses flat-lie bands at the cuffs and hem, keep things streamlined and avoiding the bulk. While the jersey sports a drop tail, the front sees a departure from other jerseys, by cutting short, which may cause a gap between your shorts and jersey when standing, but that's not what the jersey is made for. It's made to keep you comfortable on the ride, and when you're in the saddle your kit will slide right into place, and eliminate extra wrinkles and bulges that trap cold pockets of wind along your core. The jersey is equipped with three rear pockets, and a fourth zippered pocket to keep your keys and cards secure and separated from spare tubes and nutrition. Camlock zippers with Aerofix garages help to reduce drag on your ride, and reflective elements along the back increase your visibility on dreary winter days when the lighting is low.
- Conquer winter cycling in this race-cut jersey
- Thermal materials breathes and insulates
- Aggressive FR-C Race cut reduces drag and fits slim
- Reduced bulge and wrinkles thanks to flat-lie cuffs
- Reflective details help motorists spot you in low light
- Store essentials in 3-rear pockets and zippered stash
- Ideal for cool to cold days, or as a mid-layer when the mercury plummets
- Q & A
It's the zipper!
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
I like the Giordana line, however this is designed for cold weather yet they forgot to put any material between you and the zipper. So the zipper sits right on your skin, there is no fabric strip, no insulation. Not to mention if you have any hair on your chest and zip it up or down - you'll get a big surprise. Tried it on, product is going back.