Sugoi's Arm Coolers are designed to keep your skin protected from UV rays with specially treated fabric. The IceFil fabric is also claimed to have a treatment that cools the skin when it's wet from sweat.
We've had some exceedingly hot weather to test such a garment, and I have to admit to finding them less than useful. When it is hot, pulling them on over your arms, as thin as the fabric is, seems a bit counterintuitive. In use, it was difficult to detect the fabric actively cooling the skin.
Where they come in useful is protecting your arms from burning in the sun on epic long rides. Sun lotion can tend to get washed away with the sweat, leaving you at risk of burning. These Arm Coolers came into their own on such rides, with a built-in UPF 50+ protection. If you burn easy in the sun, these worth a look.
They fit well and are comfortable next to the skin, in fact you barely notice they're there at all, such is the lightness of the fabric. They pack up extremely small and will disappear into the depths of a jersey pocket when not needed.
My scepticism with the concept never really subsided that much. Where I have found the Arm Coolers handy is in the current cooling autumnal conditions. It can be a touch too warm for full-on arm warmers, but the Sugoi's are a nice lightweight option that avoids overheating.
An interesting product but one that has a limited window of use in this country, and I'm just not convinced that they do everything they're supoosed to. Useful as interim autumn arm warmers though.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Sugoi Arm Coolers
Size tested: n/a
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?
Sugoi's cooler collection is made exclusively from IceFil, a high performance cooling material that both cools your skin and protects you at the maximum level from harmful UV rays
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
91% POLYESTER; 9% SPANDEX
Fabric generates a cooling effect when it comes in contact with moisture
UPF rating 50+
Top notch construction, nice lightweight fabric
A tricky product to assess in this country, dubious performance benefits in hot weather. The sun protection is worth considering for some though
You hardly notice you're wearing them
A bottle of suntan lotion is cheaper
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The UV protection is appealing, but don't feel their cooling effects lived up to claims
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Fit and comfort
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not so cool
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Probably not
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.