Sugoi Hydrolite review

The Hydrolite is a radical new jacket that pretty much does away with any conventional jacket fabric, leaving just the waterproof membrane. It works differently to most jackets in that rain penetrates into the membrane, but, crucially, it

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £66.99 RRP
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Our review

Uniquely minimalist performance but way too fragile for any kind of off-roading
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The Hydrolite is a radical new jacket that pretty much does away with any conventional jacket fabric, leaving just the waterproof membrane. It works differently to most jackets in that rain penetrates into the membrane, but, crucially, it doesn’t get through to the other side. Meanwhile, heat helps to push any sweat vapour out quickly so you stay dry inside. This translucent top really delivers outstanding performance once you’re used to its rubbery feel. It’s also light (186g) and packs up small.

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Unfortunately it’s too delicate for real mountain bike work. We tore one sleeve to shreds while it was tucked in the back of a CamelBak… Then another not even particularly pointy bush tore a string of holes in the other sleeve.

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Guy Kesteven

Product Specifications

Product

Name Hydrolite
Brand Sugoi

Elasticated Waist Yes
Extendable/Drop Back Yes
Mesh Inserts Yes
No. of Pockets 1
Reflective Piping/Accents Yes
Water-Resistant Yes
Weight (g) 186
Clothing Material Polyester Polyurethane
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XXL
Available Colours Grey
Available In (Mens/Womens) Mens
Fastening Type Full-Zip
Layer Thickness Lightweight