Review: Sugoi RSX Jersey and Shorts

Apparel

The Sugoi RSX Short

The RSX short is made from Sugoi’s proprietary RS Flex fabric that combines a quick drying knit, water resistant material and built-in stretch that make the shorts very comfortable and provide a similar light and airy feeling as the RSX jersey. On the shorts I tested, all the blue (cyan) areas are mesh and provide ample air flow. The construction of the shorts have a nice contoured cut that provide good freedom of movement for pedaling or changing body position on the bike.

The RSX short comes with an anatomical, removable liner that Sugoi calls their Formula FX chamois. It has very substantial padding for those long rides, is made from a poly/spandex blend and the leg grippers are really grippy.

The standout feature of the Sugoi RSX short is clearly the use of BOA technology (yes, the same BOA found on high end cycling shoes) to provide a unique way to cinch your shorts just right. The BOA L5 dials (there are two, one on each side) incrementally, micro-adjust the fit by pulling a cable on each side to snug things up. Just turn the dials to tighten the waist band and pull the dial out to loosen. One of my riding buddies asked me, “What happens if you crash and land on it? Might be a bit uncomfortable.” This is something I hadn’t previously considered, but I believe the placement of the BOA adjusters will keep it out of the way in the majority of crashes.

The BOA adjustment is definitely a trick feature that looks cool. But it may be a bit of overkill when used for tightening your shorts. Unlike shoes, where the BOA helps tighten up the fit in an interlacing connection, I couldn’t really discern any clear advantage over the typical velcro (aka hook and loop) fasteners like those found on most other shorts.

The RSX Short comes in 5 sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL, XXL) and 2 colors (Concrete, Black) with an MSRP of $180.00.

The features of the Sugoi RSX Short are:

  • Lightweight stretch woven outer shell provides ergonomic comfort during dynamic pedaling movement
  • Bonded mesh paneling for enhanced airflow and breathability
  • Icefil inner liner for cool comfort during warm weather rides
  • BOA L5 dial closure system offers a secure and comfortable waistband fit
Bottom Line

The Sugoi RSX jersey is a nice summer time jersey that will work on your mountain bike or your road bike. It is very light and airy and excels at wicking perspiration and keeping you cool and dry. But, if you prefer your jerseys loose fitting, these aren’t for you.

The Sugoi RSX short is similarly light and airy along with a very comfortable, stretchy feel. It is also a great choice for warm/hot weather riding. As the top of the line models, the RSX jersey and short don’t come cheap. In fact, right now there is a very active discussion in the Mtbr forums asking “why are bike shorts so expensive”. Pushing the limits and trying new things (like the BOA adjusters) add to the cost. If you are on a budget, Sugoi also has 9 other models of baggy short that range from $60 – $125. Savvy shoppers will be able to find the RSX jersey and short at a street price about 30% less than full MSRP.

Strengths
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent moisture wicking/cooling
  • Stylish, Techie
Weaknesses
  • Price
  • Not loose fit (RSX jersey)
Value Rating

3 out of 5 Flaming Chili Peppers

Overall Rating

4 out of 4 Flaming Chili Peppers

For more info: http://www.sugoi.com/
“Shop SUGOI for world class retail and fully customized athletic performance apparel, performance outerwear and outdoor athletic gear for women and men.”

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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