The advent of packable, lightweight running jackets isn’t an entirely new concept, but the Sugoi Hydrolite Jacket is absolutely original.
Sheer and intriguing, it features an “intelligent fabric” that reacts with water to create a moisture-blocking membrane. The film-like surface visibly activates as beads of water roll off of it, leaving a trace of “lifted” material. Unlike other jackets with waterproof material, the Hydrolite’s unique fabric actually breathes well; it allows excess heat and moisture to escape while also protecting you from the elements outside. This means that you can run comfortably in rainy conditions for far longer than most protective running jackets would allow. The Hydrolite even has 4-way stretch, ensuring great movement.
Between its one-of-a-kind fabric and its inherent versatility, the Sugoi Hydrolite Jacket clearly has an advantage over other weather-resistant shells. Beyond that, this stellar piece has ventilation panels and all-around reflective piping. It packs down to about the size of a muffin, making it a great “just-in-case” jacket for running in suspicious weather.
The Men’s Sugoi Hydrolite Jacket is currently available at Running Warehouse (MSRP $90.00).