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The next generation of protection.

It's a long-held truth that foul weather cycling apparel will be fraught with compromise, and nowhere is this more apparent than riding jackets. In days past, you had to choose between a waterproof hardshell, which invariably turned into a sweatbox, or a breathable softshell that did little when faced with a deluge. But Sugoi wasn't content with the status quo, which is why it built the RSX NeoShell Jacket. With Polartec's revolutionary NeoShell material, this jacket is able to blend the waterproof characteristics of a hardshell with the breathability and feel of a softshell. Now, it's possible to deliver a lightweight, protective jacket without having to rely on abrasive pit zips.

The big story is undoubtedly the NeoShell construction. Through an arrangement with Polartec, Sugoi is able to exclusively offer the material for cycling apparel. A 10,000mm waterproof rating means that the RSX jacket has the same wind and precipitation blocking capabilities as most hardshell jackets, especially when considering that the RSX jacket has waterproof tape applied to all of the seams. However, it uses a proprietary membrane that's not only waterproof, but it's also built to carry moisture away from the skin, even at low activity levels. And when paired with the soft polyester backing and durable nylon face fabric, the feel is that of a softshell, only with a level of protection that softshells cannot provide.

There's nothing quite like the irritation that comes with a jacket that won't stop flapping. Accordingly, Sugoi's Pro Fit was employed for the RSX jacket. As the most conforming fit in the lineup, Pro Fit keeps the jacket close to the body. The sleeves are articulated in order to more closely match your position on the bike, especially in the drops. The torso is cut slim, and it contours to your core, while the drop tail deflects wheel-spray and keeps you covered when you're in the drops. Whether you're mountain biking, or riding the road, the RSX will move with you and keep you covered through winter's worst.

When it came time to design the RSX, Sugoi opted to sweat the small stuff and build a jacket hell-bent on function. The low-profile removable hood is a nod to that approach. It's affixed with a hook-and-loop closure, and it quickly stows in the zippered back pocket for quick deployment. Speaking of which, the pockets are designed to be out of the way of your hydration pack's straps. And the reflective accents throughout increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions.

The Sugoi RSX NeoShell jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Cyan and Black.

Tech Specs

Material:
Polartec Neo Shell
Fabric Waterproof Rating:
10,000 mm waterproof
Fabric Breathability Rating:
10,000 g/m² highly breathable
Seams:
fully taped
Fit:
Sugoi Pro Fit
Hood:
yes, removable
Venting:
full-length front zipper
Season:
spring, fall, winter
Windproof Rating:
windproof
Pockets:
1 zippered chest, 2 zippered side
Recommended Use:
wet weather road and mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

Sugoi

Men's Apparel

Sugoi Men's Apparel
Upper Body
XSSMLXLXXLXXXL
Chest34.1-35.8in
(86.5-91cm)
35.8-38.2in
(91-97cm)
38.2-40.2in
(97-102cm)
40.2-42.5in
(102-108cm)
42.5-45.5in
(108-115.5cm)
45.5-48.0in
(115.5-122cm)
48.0-50.0in
(122-127cm)
Lower Body
Waist27.2-29.1in
(69-74cm)
29.1-31.1in
(74-79cm)
31.1-33.1in
(79-84cm)
33.1-35.4in
(84-90cm)
35.4-38.6in
(90-98cm)
38.6-40.9in
(98-104cm)
40.9-42.9in
(104-109cm)
Hip33.1-35.0in
(84-89cm)
35.0-37.0in
(89-94cm)
37.0-39.0in
(94-99cm)
39.0-41.7in
(99-106cm)
41.7-44.5in
(106-113cm)
44.5-47.0in
(113-119.5cm)
47.0-49.0in
(119.5-124.5cm)
Inseam29.5-30.5in
(75-77.5cm)
30.5-31.5in
(77.5-80cm)
31.5-32.5in
(80-82.5cm)
32.5-33.5in
(82.5-85cm)
33.5-34.1in
(85-86.5cm)
34.1-34.6in
(86.5-88cm)
34.6-35.4in
(88-90cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Natural Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Hip:
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Inseam:
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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5 5

Sets a new standard in outerwear

As someone who has developed, lab tested and worked at leading WPB fabric suppliers form very twenty years, my view comes from them world of comparing performance fabrics in lab and field. Although I have no affiliations with Polartec, I conclude their Neoshell is best-in-class, followed somewhat closely by eVent and Gore WindStopper, although the latter not quite being rainwear.

After usin XC skiing and cycling, confirmed the wide comfort range afforded by the neoshell fabric, having been described more like a screendoor than a wooden door in effect. You can push the limits more, ride in higher temperatures and come indoors all without having to shed the jacket. It is less distracting and needing less fiddling/adjusting throughout an event, key in cycling. Heavy sweaters will still sweat and feel hot but maybe not as much and best stay (in non raining conditions) with more air permeable outerwear like non-laminate softshell with noticable air flow to further increase heat and humidity transport out of the microclimate inside jacket.

Waterproofness: not tested enough here in dry Colorado. Other reports have dinged Neoshell on durability of WP, but that might be much less an issue in cycling where abrasion and rough handling are largely absent, unless one is over stuffing in packs on daily basis. I do have some concerns with seam tape integrity. A clue is the large number of cross-over seal patches on key stress areas where tape intersects. This says "bitch to tape." Just looking at the denser (but very nice) jersey knit backing suggests much narrow "window" in production in seam sealing. The factory better be good and do a lot of QC check. (Been in that situation myself)". But that is what comes with pushing limits on new materials. Still, this laminate represents possible the most advanced WPB around, even beyond Gore-Tex, but noting the latter is king of durability whish is why backpackers an mountaineers mainly choose it.

Design: This jacket shows a lot of thought and design investment. I think the Sugoi team did a marvelous job in fit, features, ample reflective (not being cheapskates) and detachable hood to extend use into casual and backcountry use like skiing where sweat rates get very high. The red is a perfect shade for visibility while still not being pigeonholed into "cycle geek only wear." The looser fit of the RSX was ideal for my multifunction use. But the3L construction does not flap anywhere near as much as ultralight shells. Ultralight stuff often is a compromise I find, unless pure pack volume is the overwhelming need. Pure roadies might prefer the tighter race fit of the RSE but it will limit other user. I am 5'10" 170 lbs and liked the slightly loose fit of the Large RSX.

Bottom line: if you want your cycling experience to be the best in terms of comfort that largely eliminates a lot of distraction from overy humid, sweat accumulating rides, look at this best-in-class Jacket as an investment. Heck, you invest thousands to get that experience with th hardgoods (carbon bike), think the same with softgoods like this tech jacket.

5 5

RSX sizing a good compromise

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

A sizing comment since this seems to be a questionable area with Suroi's RSX and RSE jackets: Just received the size L and it fits my 6'0" 182# frame perfectly as a compromise between super racy fit (like the RSE) and too baggy (most cycling rain jackets). Wearing a thin fleece long sleeve jersey underneath, there is just enough room that I don't feel pulling and binding, but it's also not flapping around either. Seems like a perfect compromise shape/size for winter riding in rain and moderate cold around Seattle where I live. No comment yet on performance of the fabric.

3 5

pockets were a deal breaker for me

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

It's a shame because almost everything about this jacket is superb. But the pockets just did not work for me. The side pockets extend toward your back instead of toward the front. If you are in a forward leaning riding position you are liable to have your pocket contents come falling out if you unzip them. In addition to that the size of the pockets weren't very generous.

If that is not important to you, then disregard. This jacket is excellent.

5 5

Waterproof/Breathable MTB Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Difference in the RSX from the RSE is a little more of a loose fit, made specifically for MTB with a nice drop tail as well as a velcro removable hood and purposely placed off set pockets to stay out of the way of hydration packs, great for any day on the trail.

Worlds most breathable AND Waterproof

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