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Sugoi Firewall 220 Zip jacket



Excellent performance but the lack of pockets bugged our tester

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Sugoi's Firewall 220 Zip water and wind resistant softshell is a great fitting piece of clothing that works well the in the saddle and is ideal for other sports too.

The jacket is created using a mixture of Sugoi's Firewall 220 and MidZero fabrics. To try and create the holy grail of weather protection and breathability the Firewall 220 material is used on the jacket front, upper back and shoulders.

A triple layer laminate, the outer layer repels rain and road spray thanks to a water resistant coating, a mid layer works with the outer to keep the wind from passing through while the mesh inner layer is designed to wick the heat out and keeping you dry by spreading the moisture out over a larger surface area.

The lower back and underarm areas use the MidZero stuff, a lycra material that is also found in Sugio's winter range of bibtights etc. It's brushed inside, creating a fleecy style material meaning you're warm, while the stretchy nature gives the jacket the perfect fit when you're in the saddle.

Functionality, well in terms of pockets it doesn't follow true cycling style here as there aren't any on the rear for stowing your tubes and mid ride munchies. On Sugoi's website you will find the Firewall 220 in both the cycling and running ranges so this is obviously one of the trade-offs. There are two zipped pockets on the front and another two stretch pockets on the inside.

Unfortunately they are in the same position as the outer ones which does restrict the amount of weight you can carry.

The elasticated inner cuff fits snugly around your wrists so no cold breezes up your arms, plus the jacket is thin enough to fit inside the cuffs of most winter gloves. The two-inch high neck keeps draughts at bay especially with the help of a Buff or similar.

Performance-wise I was very impressed. The water resistant outer has raindrops beading and even when it penetrated the outer I remained dry on the inside for an hour or so of light rain or heavy drizzle. Heavy rain does eventually get through but no quicker than some claimed waterproofs I've used.

With the temperature around freezing, a short sleeved base layer underneath was all that was required. When things do get warm the Firewall 220's ability to breathe does mean you stay reasonably dry. If you get sweaty the soft material doesn't feel cold against your skin as you cool and while there are no venting zips the lycra underarms do carry a lot of the heat away.

The fit is good thanks to the soft nature of the Firewall 220 material and the stretchiness of the MidZero lycra meaning the jacket feels more like a long sleeve jersey. Both these materials allow an athletic cut without being restrictive. The ergonomically shaped arms means there is no bunching of materials around the elbows either and a slightly dropped tail does give your rear end some protection against the elements.

Minimal Scotchlite detailing gives a degree of visibility when riding in the dark, by way of piping round the arms and some various shapes on the back but don't rely on it helping you to be seen, as the areas are really quite small.

At £130 RRP the Sugio is competing with the likes of Castelli, but I reckon the amount of technology and performance go a long way to justify the price. The build quality does look excellent as well so it should easily see many seasons' worth of work.

Overall as a full on cycling jacket the Sugoi's ability is slightly restricted by the pocket issue. You could wear a jersey underneath to carry your ride essentials but that does limit access. That is the only real downside though; performance is really good both in terms of water resistance and breathability.


Excellent performance but the lack of pockets bugged our tester. test report

Make and model: Sugoi Firewall 220 Zip jacket

Size tested: Medium, Gunmetal

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

"Powerful frontal thermal and windproof protection with stretch thermal back for conforming fit" is the limited description given by Sugio. It's a good general purpose jacket for a multitude of sports

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

different panels using different fabrics to allow for fit or performance.

Rate the product for quality of construction:

The construction looks and feels very good indeed.

Rate the product for performance:

Very impressive wet weather performance for a non waterproof garment.

Rate the product for durability:

Shouldn't see any problems here.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:

Not bulky at all but feels heavier than some waterproofs.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:

Little things like the Lycra back and articulated elbows means it fits close.

Rate the product for value:

Expensive but justified.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well, breathable and highly water resistant.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fit and feel of the fabric.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The clash of the high viz zip with the colour of the jacket and the lack of rear pockets.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 34  Height: 180cm  Weight: 78kg

I usually ride: Genesis Flyer  My best bike is: Ribble Gran Fondo

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,


As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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