Maybe low-light, drizzly situations aren't the best time for cycling, but sometimes our schedules dictate that we ride. Whether it's an early commute on a rainy day or a quick, after-work ride to shake the spreadsheets out of your legs, the Sugoi Zap Women's Bike Jacket represents a bold new way to stay visible and dry on rides in inclement weather. Get out and be seen.
The newly redesigned Zap Jacket premiers what Sugoi is calling Pixel Woven fabric, which incorporates micro-glass beads into the actual material. Before Sugoi's Pixel, our only recourse in low-light situations has been a few strips of reflective material that, hopefully, catch light from headlights or street lamps at the right time. Even previous iterations of the Zap Bike Jacket were only given reflective highlights. But with Pixel, the entire jacket is reflective, from collar to hem, shoulder to cuff.
The Zap Bike Jacket also provides a high degree of less-revolutionary but equally appreciated water resistance thanks to its polyurethane component, and its exaggerated sleeves and rear hem keep your wrists dry and protect your back and saddle from the rooster tail of water that'll be pinwheeling off your rear tire in the rain. (Your riding companions remain unprotected — but, if they don't like it, remind them that they can always take a pull or get off your wheel.) The full-length front zip is waterproof and the seams are taped to make sure there are no leaks. The rear pocket also zips shut to protect your personal effects.