Here at Gear Patrol, multifunction is our middle name (seriously, it’s on our birth certificate). That’s why we love to discover brands and pieces that appeal to our sensibilities of both form and function with equal panache. With performance garments suited to runners, cyclists, and triathletes, the Canadian outfitters at Sugoi seem to have a firm grasp the needs of their target market, as evidenced by the bits we’ve seen, touched, and torture-tested. If you’re in need of stylish and super-functional gear, particularly for winter training endeavors, you’d be nutty not to give Sugoi a look.
We’ll start by introducing you to two pieces geared towards cyclists who need clothes that work as well on the commute as they do in a casual office environment. Hit the jump for our take on Sugoi’s H.O.V. Jacket and Wallaroo Zip Jersey.
Sugoi’s H.O.V. Jacket is an urban lifestyle piece that’s equally suited to walking around town as it is to making a commute in the saddle. That, and it looks freaking slick. Cut into a sophisticated, modern shape, the H.O.V. fits just right with its 3M Scotchlite Reflective material providing a great balance of stretch, reflectivity, and water-repellent(ness?). Asymmetrical interior patterning gives a hidden touch, while the overall slim fit and angled cuffs leave the H.O.V. feeling more like a second skin than a piece of outerwear. Reportedly, at least one Outside Magazine editor was called “savagely sexy” whilst wearing the H.O.V., and we can see why. It imbues a certain confidence, to be sure.
Similarly, the Wallaroo Zip Jersey feels as luxurious as it does functional. Constructed of 17 micron Australian Merino wool (that got Jon Gaffney’s attention), the Wallaroo is as soft as a baby’s butt. Slim fitting with a bottle neck, the Wallaroo also features an angled front pocket and reflective piping. This half-zip is as good as it gets in performance wear crafted from natural products, offering unparalleled elasticity and breatheability.
Editor’s Note: This first taste of what Sugoi has to offer has certainly got us jonesing to see (and feel) more of their wares. Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming review of their Majik Shell winter running gear.