The peloton's original sky.
Three years before the black and blue British juggernaut entered the cycling world, one of the oldest teams in the peloton switched title sponsors from Liberty Seguras to Team Astana. This involved trading in the purple/blue color of the former for the sky blue and gold of Kazakhstan's national flag, giving the Giordana Men's FR-C Pro Astana Team Jersey the right to claim seniority as the first kit to bring sky to the peloton. With a strong cast of up-and-comers (Lutsenko and Angel Lopez), a health roster of evergreen journeymen (Scarponi, LuLu Sanchez, and Fuglsang) and the current standard bearer for Italy's GC ambitions (the spectacularly animated Aru), we expect Astana to be a force in 2017 and for years to come.
Aesthetics aside, the FR-C Pro is the same FormaRed Carbon (FR-C) model that we self-sponsored racers have been lining up in for years with one key difference: the Pro's fabrics are made to be printed on. This is typically hard to impossible for high-end materials, but Giordana earned a reputation as one of the best cycling clothing companies in the world because it views "hard to impossible" as a challenge, not a limitation. The brand clearly accepted the challenge, and the result is a printable jersey that's built for the pros but can inhabit anyone's kit drawer.
- A pro version of Giordana's venerable FormaRed Carbon jersey
- 16 panel race design reduces material for a flap-free silhouette
- Paneling emphasizes stretch to maintain a low-profile fit
- Supportive rear panel stabilizes fully loaded pockets
- Light elastic keeps waistband and cuffs in place
- Collar lies flat while you're stretched out in the drops
- Ride essentials secured by a lip and a fourth, zippered pocket
- Reflective details help keep you visible during late spins and early departures
- Item #GIO008O
- Q & A
Excellent lightweight jersey
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'5"
- Weight: 155lbs
For my slim physique, the fit is perfect- not a single spot where it sags or loosens no matter what my position on the bike. The fabric has a light feel on the skin and breathes well, but seems sturdy and survived a recent crash intact.
The zipper is coarser than I'm used to and slightly more difficult to operate. I had to get used to the locking pull and remember to unlock before trying to open the front for better ventilation. You can't just yank it down, LOL.
I like the Astana team design and the classic, longer but tight sleeves.
The bottom rear of the jersey does not bunch up like some others, which cuts off a bit from the pocket bottoms. I find it easy to access their full depth.
A PRO JERSEY FOR US NON-PELOTON RIDERS
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 175lbs
Fit and quality are excellent on this jersey as they are usually with Giordana. The piece is a slim cut but not second-skin, it's perfectly tailored to contour to your body but at the same time not feel restricting. As with all Giordana's pieces it is a European fit so size accordingly. The sleeves aren't too long and have comfortable wide grippers and the pockets don't sag in the back, with a bottom hem below them that doesn't ride up. Material is light and breathable, especially on the back, your bib straps will be visible through it, so be aware of that. I'd recommend this jersey to anyone looking for a summer jersey to wear day in and day out.