Giordana's Sosta Women's Winter Jacket dispels the utilitarian notion that fashionable details and winter functionality aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. In fact, we'd suggest that the nexus between form and function is exactly where we'd expect to find Italy on a map of the cycling industry, and the Sosta is there waiting. When you find it, you'll also find a cycling-specific fit with a more relaxed silhouette than Giordana's race kit, letting you layer comfortably in order to warm up to winter and adding a bit of accommodation during those early spring base miles for riding off the fruits of holiday excess. The Sosta is built with a breathable, windproof membrane that's sandwiched between a DWR-treated face fabric and a merino wool liner. While the use of merino--cycling's classic "performance" material--is a nice touch that demonstrates the whole fashion/function relationship, the real stars here are the membrane and the DWR treatment. By blocking wind, the membrane prevents winter's chill from dispelling the warmth trapped by merino wool, and by repelling water, the DWR treatment helps ensure that not enough moderate precipitation or pernicious road spray can dampen your spirits. The jacket is finished with a few details that, though they're primarily function-oriented, still manage to incorporate plenty of Italian cycling style. The rear pockets, for example, zip closed for added security and protection from the elements but they do so with slanted openings and contrasting colors. They're matched with a pair of hand pockets that also zip closed, and the full-length front zipper's overflap protects against drafts and moisture while creating a cleaner look. The subtle Giordana branding across the upper back also finds functional value by turning reflective in low-light conditions.
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