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..)