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Sugoi Versa

- published March 2016

85

2016

RATINGS

Weathershedding
7
Breathability
9
Function
9
Fit/Comfort
8
Packability
4
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

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THE GOOD

  • Easily interchanges from jacket to vest to shrug/sleeves
  • Sleek and flattering fit
  • Good ventilation
  • Zippered chest pocket with cord port
  • Rear zippered pocket holds the detached shrug/sleeves

THE BAD

  • Catches wind if magnets aren’t perfectly aligned
  • Not water-proof and water-resistance is very minimal

THE VERDICT

The Sugoi Versa is a lightweight jacket with a very high-degree of breathability. Magnetic snaps make interchangeability between jacket, vest and arm sleeves/shrug fast and precise. However, it offers very minimal wind- and water-resistance.

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WEATHERSHEDDING
The fabric is a wind-resistant, non-stretch shell which works very well in light to moderate wind. However, it is not water-proof and its water-resistance is limited to the lightest of drizzles.

BREATHABILITY
A mesh panel on the back allows air to circulate when wearing as a vest. When wearing as a full jacket, the lightweight nylon fabric and semi-fit provided a high degree of moisture-wicking through the arms and torso. The sizing of the jacket allowed for enough roominess to transfer moisture and keep the tester comfortable on high-exertion rides.

FUNCTION
The Sugoi Versa delivers on the three key pieces of outerwear that every cyclist could need for one ride: a jacket, a vest, a shrug/arm sleeves. Switching the Sugoi Versa from jacket to vest to shrug is simple. While wearing the vest, put on the shrug, hunch your shoulders and stretch your arms until you hear all magnets snap together. The tester found that lining up the magnets was critical. If they are not lined up perfectly the jacket peels open and catches wind.

FIT/COMFORT
A soft fleece lines the collar to wick moisture on high exertion days and adds warmth to the neck on cooler, low-exertion days. There is also a mesh panel on the back that provides good ventilation. 

The Sugoi Versa has just the right amount of roominess to accommodate shirt weights ranging from the standard thin cycling jersey to a thicker, low-gauge merino wool long sleeved shirts. The arms are long enough to fully cover the tester’s wrists while stretched over the handlebars and were still roomy enough to accommodate a long-sleeved merino wool shirt without constriction. 

PACKABILITY
Both the jacket and the detached shrug/sleeves can be stowed in the back zip pocket. The entire mass is the size of a softball. 

DURABILITY
The Sugoi Versa is well-made with a sturdy zipper that never caught on the fabric.

How We Tested It

The Sugoi Versa was used for three weeks of fall bike commuting in the Twin Cities in a wide range of temperatures and wind to allow the use of all three components of the jacket. 

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Marie Malinowski

Marie Malinowski

Marie Malinowski is a Minneapolis-based mountain biker, bike commuter, backpacker, and trail runner. She is inspired by all things outdoors and has searched (unsuccessfully) for life's answers in the fjords of Norway, Roatan's coral reefs, Moab’s singletrack, the Swiss alps and while wandering aimlessly through Amsterdam with only a messenger bag, twenty Euro's and a dog-eared copy of In a Sunburned Country. When not researching and testing gear, she can be found snuggling up with her husband, cat and the newest addition to her family: A Moots MootoX RSL. 

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$125.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Weathershedding
7
Breathability
9
Function
9
Fit/Comfort
8
Packability
4
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
85

Weight

10.25 oz

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