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Gear Review

1 5

Meh...try again

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I returned this jacket after wearing it twice, as it was no where close to what I was expecting. I was expecting a semi-breathable, water resistant jacket that I could use on my daily commute to work when it is foggy/damp.

The jacket fits well and the fabric has a lot of mechanical stretch so that movement is completely unrestricted. The cut is typical of cycling jacket, slim fit, drop tail, longer arms, and a high front hem. The Sugoi logo printed on the arms is reflective and highly visible when on the bike.

Now for the reasons why I returned it. This is hands down the least breathable jacket I have ever used and quickly turns into a sauna suit after just a few minutes of aerobic activity. I wasn't looking for a jacket that is 100% waterproof as I already have a few of those and there is always a trade off between water resistance and breathability - I wanted a breathable jacket that could shed light moisture and block the wind. The lack of breathability is compounded by the rubbery feeling polyurethane membrane on the interior of the jacket. Sugoi tried to mitigate the clammy feeling by screen printing some texture onto the inside surface as well (similar to a Marmot Precip Jacket but far less breathable). The jacket also has two chest/core vents that help remove moisture from your body, but that doesn't prevent moisture from pooling in the forearms.

This jacket might work for you if you are cycling very slowly in very cold weather, but it definitely does not live up to the "Highly Breathable" rating that it claims.