Reviewed: Assos fuguJack Jacket

2012 Assos Fugujack Jacket

This year I decided to double-down and fend-off the cold with the famed Assos fuguJack.  Having utilized my Giordana Forma jacket for the last three years, I was curious to see if anything existed that performed better in the sub 35 degree category. Living in Colorado, my chances of finding a bright, winter, sunny day, with temps in the 30's were fairly high---so I sat and waited….

December in the Colorado front-range was damn cold. And sure enough, I was soon blessed with a balmy 31 degree day to test my new fuguJack. But before I talk about the experience on the bike, I thought it best to describe the jacket as Assos marketing folks describe it. "ASSOS fuguJack is a true masterpiece for the committed cyclist, riding in temperatures between -6° and + 6°C (21-42F). FuguJack has strategically-placed Airblock 851 and Thermax textile panels, to protect your body against harsh, biting winds, while maintaining your body's core temperature. Team fuguJack with winter.LL bibtights and a winterInteractive bodyInsulator, for superb Winter protection."

One of the first things I noticed was how small the jacket appeared. I expected a bulky, cumbersome, mess of folds, flaps and extra material. Not so. Actually, the jacket seemed a bit small until I settled into my riding position. The material is very much in the spirit of Assos. That is, if you have ever owned a piece of Assos cold weather clothing, the airlock fabric and density of the material is very much consistent across the product line.

The good

One of the coolest aspects of the fuguJack is the integrated balaclava made of soft fleece material. Those of you that have ridden in sub 35 degree weather know how important it is to keep the melon warm. The fuguJack eliminates the need of having to wear a separate balaclava--while keeping the flow of air between your body and material away from heat stealing seams.
So how did the jacket perform on the bike? Absolutely as advertised. The wind blocking fabric combined with the body hugging Thermax material and cycle-specific cut kept me warm--but not too warm.

The Snob in us

The Assos fuguJack is one hell of a jacket that is for sure. Aside from the $600 price tag, the major wish is that the jacket come with pit-zips. We noticed that the temperature threshold is fairly intolerant to any temps above the 40 degree mark. By having integrated pit-zips under the arms, it would have been easier to survive the long ride home without sitting in wet base layers.

Where to buy

Colorado Cyclist, $629.99

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