Assos fuguJack Jacket $648.95
Freedom to move, freedom from cold.
If you refuse to let below-freezing temperatures relegate you to the trainer, yet you grow weary of stacking layers upon layers, the Assos fuguJack Jacket makes riding in the bitter cold seem like any other balmy training day.
Hold the Assos FuguJack in your hands and its purpose becomes clear — provide maximum warmth (it's rated for temperatures of 20-40 degrees) with an absolute minimum of volume. Giving you total freedom of movement was also a top priority, as was the ability to regulate your body temperature. The outer-layer of the FuguJack is made from Assos' legendary Airblock 851 fabric in order to provide you with total wind protection. Bomb down a descent on a frigid day and you'll be amazed at how none of the icy air seeps to your skin via the traditional-jacket-weak-points — collar, chest, and the fronts of the arms. Instead, the Airblock 851 material acts as an impenetrable force field against the cold.
The FuguJack was patterned from the Assos AEPD II cut, giving you a quality of fit that you've never before felt in winter cycling apparel. The AEPD II design is the culmination of Assos' efforts to eliminate excess material on the sleeves and chest while you're in riding position. Assos is the first to tell you that high-end materials mean nothing if the cut is bad. That's why it's spent a maddening amount of time on two points of study — how the body is shaped, and how it changes throughout the movements of cycling. Accordingly, the AEPD cut is made for the shape of cycling, not standing (just a little something to remember when you try it on). With the FuguJack, the cut greets the contours of your body and adds a slight compression to aid in muscle recovery and stabilization. It's worth noting that AEPD achieves this without adding a sensation of pressure. The characteristics of AEPD, combined with FuguJack's rear stabilizer panel, literally make the vest 'click' into place for the ultimate in cycling fit.
While Assos' Airjack 851 jacket works exceptionally down to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the FuguJack adds an extra dimension of thermal insulation by incorporating a microfiber inner-collar that spans from your lower-chest all the way to the top of your neck (much like a turtleneck). Accordingly, cold winds won't penetrate the jacket from the neckline, and given that this material is so light, you'll get this added protection without any added pressure on your chest. Rounding out the jacket's construction are double-layered wristbands, one large back pocket, and two zippered side pockets.
And, for the sake of comparing the FuguJack to the Airjack 851, your selection comes down to one simple question: Do you ride in temperatures below 32 degrees? If the answer is 'Yes,' then you need to take a long, hard look at the added protection that you'll get from the FuguJack.
The Assos FuguJack Jacket is available in six sizes from Small to TIR and in the colors White, Titanium, Red, Black, and Yellow.
|Height||4ft 11in - 5ft 2in
(150 - 159cm)
|5ft 3in - 5ft 6in
(160 - 169cm)
|5ft 7in - 5ft 10in
(170 - 179cm)
|5ft 11in - 6ft 1in
(180 - 185cm)
|6ft 1in - 6ft 3in
(186 - 190cm)
|6ft 3in - 6ft 5in+
(191 - 195cm+)
- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Measure around the widest part of your chest.
What community has to say
The best (pt. 2)
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Continuing about the functionality: This jacket, like other Assos tops, only feels right when in the riding position... otherwise, there is tension in the chest area. For being so form-fitting, it's amazing how much warmth this thing retains while still having the ability to put a layer underneath.
One of the most excellent features of this jacket is the unique balaclava/liner. The pictures on this website don't it, but zipper on the front of the balaclava goes all the way down to your abdomen... it acts as a zipper for the inner liner of the jacket as well! You can choose how far you want to zip up the liner and if you want, you can zip it all the way up to use the balaclava. When you're not going quite fast enough and your glasses start to fog, just pull the front of the balaclava down to your chin and then simply pull it back up when the wind begins to chill your face again. In extremely frigid temperatures I will actually wear my fuguCap on top of the balaclava, but into the 20s either works fine by itself. I tried to include a picture of the balaclava/liner in my low-quality selfie below.
In conclusion, this is, in my opinion, the best bicycling jacket ever. It looks cool no matter how you decide to wear it. I feel like I should strutting down the runway in this thing. If you are in good shape and you like flaunting your looks as much as you like performance, functionality and quality, then this jacket is for you.
The best (Pt. 1)
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Unparalleled, badass, glamtastic, bitchin' excellence.
The Fugu Jacket is one of my best purchases ever and it is worth every penny. Not only is it of the highest quality construction and materials, but it also looks incredibly & uniquely fashionable. Only Assos would put bling all over their jacket in the form of flashy Assos-logo zipper pulls. Only Assos would design a striped collar like this.
This jacket can be an outfit for any of the following: rock star, pop star or any type of musician, alien space invader, flashy post-apocalyptic motorcycle gang, evil movie villain, halloween costume and even a christmas outfit.
As far as quality and materials are concerned, this jacket is top-notch. Careful attention has been paid every little teeny tiny detail. The cuffs are incredibly warm and comfortable. The pack pouch is excellent. I don't put anything in the side pockets because they make my sides look fat from the front if there is anything inside of them... I just love them, in sheer superficiality, because of their flashy metal zipper pulls. The collar is incredible... the "stripes" are three-dimensional (the black ones form think ridges) and are composed of some sort of really thick, rigid wind-blocking material.
As far as functionality in concerned, this jacket amazes me. I have worn this in all types of winter weather, even in single-digit wind chills (in which case I wear my early fall base layer underneath). I wonder what temperature will actually cause this jacket to be ineffective. I go on night rides all the time in freezing temperatures and when I sprint up steep hills, I always have to unzip the front to allow heat to escape. When hammering along the flats and charging downhill in frigid winter weather, even in strong gusty winds, nothing penetrates this jacket... especially the ridiculous, thick collar!
(I will have to continue this review, since I am about to reach the maximum number of characters..)