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True versatility is widely sought after, yet rarely obtained. And this is no more true then with cycling jackets. Too often, we're all faced with either being too hot or too cold. For this reason, the idea of the 'convertible' jacket was born. However, these have generally failed, due to the sleeves being to difficult to remove and stow. But, this isn't the case with the Sugoi Versa Jacket. The sleeves magnetically detach and stow securely in the jacket's pocket. Now, you're able to be prepared for anything under the sun, or more likely, clouds.
Basically, you're able to start your ride with sleeves, and as the temperature rises, you're able to simply slip them off and stow them away in the single back zip pocket of the 'now' vest. But, you're probably wondering what the difference is in terms of protection level. Well, to start, Sugoi constructed the Versa from its Argon fabric.
Essentially, this material is a woven ripstop nylon, meaning that it's lightweight, breathable, and water- and wind-resistant. This fabric features a superfine construction that feels light against the skin. However, rip-stop is made with a reinforcing technique at the fiber level that makes it highly resistant to either tearing or ripping.
If you're curious to this 'technique,' it involves the use of both thicker and thinner threads. Essentially, the thicker threads are interwoven in intervals in a crosshatch pattern. So, the fabric is given a three-dimensional structure. And given that this 6/6 ratio is still rather permeable, the nylon retains its natural moisture wicking and breathable characteristics. Further contributing to breathability, and new to this year, the Versa features panels of mesh along the back. These panels provide an enhanced point of evacuation for escaping core heat. As a result, your thermo-regulation is consistently maintained within the jacket.
Argon is both water- and wind-resistant, but at the same time, breathable. So, you'll stay warm and dry throughout hard exertions. At the cuffs, they cinch down over your gloves in order to retain heat. A soft microfleece lining around the collar keeps your neck warm without contributing to any abrasion. And, to keep any air from sneaking in at the bottom, dual shockcords, accessed from the pocket, allow you to pull the hem closer to your body. To let heat out, you simply reverse the process. Rounding at the build, Sugoi employed reflective accents in order to increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions.
The Sugoi Versa Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/black, Cyan/white, Matador/white, and Super Nova/super nova.
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Sugoi Versa Jacket
Perfect & Versatile
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This is quite an awesome jacket. The sizing is true to their description. I wear a medium in most brands on top, the exception being large for Castelli. The Medium sizing for this jacket is a perfect fit. It is not a very tight pro fit but not baggy either. Perfect with a baselayer underneath for a fall ride/run.