Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

Pros:

  • Great Fit
  • Warm
  • Water resistant

Cons:

  • Not much

Product:

Giordana FR-C Windfront Light Jacket

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£159.99

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We tested the full winter version of this jacket last year and loved it so we had high hopes for the FRC Windfront.

Thankfully, the superb fit is maintained and by replacing the super-warm HD44 fabric with a thinner HD44 Light version to repel wind, and placing simple thermal fabric elsewhere, Giordana has made an exceptional jacket for the British winter.

 

 

Verdict

It’s DWR coated for water repellence throughout; has standard pockets; an additional zippered security slot; fitted, thermal-Lycra cuffs; a snug hem that stays in place and a ‘just so’ collar height to make a nigh-on perfect jacket.

Full Specification

Supplier:
www.yellow-limited.com

  • Amy

    A light dusting of snow doesn’t rlelay require anything special tires will cut straight through and you’ll still have good traction. Ice can be an issue though, so ride smoothly and avoid quick movements/braking unless you know the road is ice free.The real issue is in several inches of snow. Then narrow tires beat wide (i.e. a road bike is preferable to a mountain bike) since the wider tires tend to float’. Fenders are a big plus, but you want to be sure they aren’t too close fitting the snow can get between the tires and fender and rlelay slow you down!Temperature is another issue. I’m in Canada, and have done several rides this year at sub-freezing temperatures (I commuted year round at temperatures down to -35C for 12 years but I don’t do that any more!) and had a great time because I dressed appropriately.Down to about freezing simply wear layers (including tights, long finger gloves, a toque or earmufs, and a windproof jacket over bike shorts, and substitute a long sleeved base layer for the cycle shirt). As the temperature drops add another layer under the jacket, and consider neoprene booties over bike shoes. At temperatures around zeroF (-18C) add windproof pants, a face mask and goggles, and give up bike shoes in favour of platform pedals and winter boots.The secret is to dress in layers, protect exposed skin and try to avoid perspiration if you plan to stop mid ride. In general winter riding is a bit slower than summer.Bike Nashbar have a fair selection of cold weather bike gear. You can learn a lot just by looking at the selection.In terms of the bike, many people who regularly ride in winter advocate a beater bike’, but I found a good quality road bike stands up better than a cheap bike (more corrosion resistant materials), but you must oil the chain, brake pivots and cables frequently and clean off the worst of the road crud regularly. Even so plan to replace the chain, chainrings and freewheel/cogs each spring.Install a rear flashing light at minimum since it’s not unusual to get caught near dusk. In cities a front light isn’t rlelay necessary since street lights are enough to see, BUT, use a flashing light on your helmet if you might be out late. Finally, think visible colours. Yellow is best.Hope that helps.