Previous Sugoi reviews here on road.cc talk of good quality kit at a sensible price and that, I'm happy to report, is a template the Evolution Pro Long Sleeve sticks to. It's a comfortable mid-weight winter jersey that's well made and looks great.
The Evolution Pro uses FinoTherm Fabric, which Sugoi describe thus, 'FinoTherm offers amazing dry comfort and warmth. The softly fleeced inner side is faced with a linear suface detail that increases the surface area and amplifies moisture uptake for speedy evaporation and quick-drying action.' Yes, it's polyester.
Anyway, whatever the marketing babble it's cunningly wrought polyester that certainly does the trick. The Evolution is warm when it's cool and cool when it's warm outside, never really feeling overwhelmed (providing you get your baselayers right) in temperatures of the low teens celsius even when pushing hard on the climbs or sprinting.
The fleece lining also feels soft against the skin plus should the temperature creep up and you do get damp you never notice while in the saddle. Same if you're caught out in the rain.
As far the cut goes it's slightly more relaxed than a full race jersey but still tailored enough to look good on the bike. The tail is dropped as you'd expect, not as much as some but it still offers decent coverage when in the drops, all held in place with a silicone gripper.
Elasticated cuffs and a reasonably close cut, mid-height neck puts paid to any chilly breezes whipping in.
Round the back you'll find three elasticated pockets which are deep enough to keep your tools and phone in without fear of them falling out when you're in the drops. They're tight enough to resist sagging too.
On the whole the Evolution Pro is a very simple jersey when you just look at the specification list but it feels so much better than that. The quality is great, really well stitched together and the fit feels spot on too. Things like arm length match that of the torso and even if you aren't whippet thin you'll still look good.
Another bonus is the bold colours, with more and more winter jerseys seemingly black or single block colours it's nice to see something a bit vibrant.
With an rrp of £69.99 it's competitively priced for a jersey of this quality when you take all of the above into account. You can always get a discount though if you search around online.
Good quality jersey for a wide range of body shapes with excellent body heat control, simple but classy
road.cc test report
Make and model: Sugoi Evolution Pro Longsleeved Jersey
Size tested: Medium, IceBlue
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?
"Its that time of the year now when we all need to start staying warm. This seasonal Long-sleeve Jersey from Sugoi will do just that. This Semi-Fit garment will keep you nice and toasty whilst wicking moisture away from your skin at the same time!"
A classical jersey done well with the help of some technical fabrics.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Raglan sleeves for unrestricted movement
3 elastic back pockets expand easily
Comfortable positioned elastic hem
FinoTherm offers a fleeced inner side and a linear texture on the surface for accelerated thermal wicking
Solid feel to the stitching
Nothing exceptional but a real all rounder
Relaxed fit means it'll suit most
Relaxed fit makes choosing size less crucial. UK sizing so a medium is a medium
Feels great against the skin and a nice cut.
Cheaper out there but for its fit and quality justify its outlay.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy-peasy, cool wash of thirty degrees and all mud and road grime marks wash out.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a great jersey in a very simple guise.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit and feel.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
No zipped rear pocket.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Another simple classic from Sugoi, it doesn't scream about any massive technological advances or anything but it's an all round, really good road cycling jersey. Good enough for an 8 I'd say.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Mason Definition
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,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.