Sugoi RPM Jacket Review

Posted in Bike Commuting, Bike Gear, Gear Reviews, Mountain Bike, Road Bike by Eric Miller - 07.31.2012

The Sugoi RPM Jacket is a hardworking, full protection jacket. It’ll keep you dry, even in the strongest of downpours.

Sugoi RPM Jacket Features

  • Material: [shell] HydraShield (polyester), DWR coating; [collar] polyester brushed microfleece; [reflective accents] 3M Scotchlite
  • Fit: semi-fitted
  • Venting: core
  • Seams: fully taped
  • Price: $119.95

Sugoi RPM Jacket Review

The Sugoi RPM Jacket does exactly what it was made to do: keep water out. The DWR coated shell shed water, even in heavy rains. Off the hanger I didn’t notice the jacket “wetting out” at all. I give high marks for keeping water out.

Unfortunately the RPM also kept water in. It doesn’t do a good job at all with breathability. Pit zips help with venting your core but thats it. The positioning of the vents isn’t conducive to strong cross airflow but you do get some. Once I started sweating it was game over. Combine that with humidity from the air and you have a recipe for getting wet. The inside doesn’t have a liner so the sleeves stick your arms.

One feature I do like a lot is the reflective accents. They are very bright and great for getting attention of drivers in low light conditions. The accents are along the main zipper, a line design down the sleeves, and down the back.

The collar is a microfleece that is extremely comfortable on your face and neck, even when it’s soaking wet.

The wrist cuffs are elastic and velcro. They were easy to pull on over gloves and the velcro is enough to keep the cuffs tight and prevent them from pulling up. The back of the jacket is cut a little longer for additional coverage.

The Good

  • Keeps the water out
  • Good reflective detailing

The Bad

  • Not breathable
  • Keeps your sweat in

Bottom Line:

Great at weather protection and reflection, bad on breathability. Sugoi got many of the tiny details right on the RPM though.

Buy Now: Pick up the Sugoi RPM Jacket

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