Fieldsheer Sugo Jacket
- Highly abrasion resistant 500 denier Maxtena-Pro outer shell with 1680 denier ballistic panels at the elbows
- Removable CE approved armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back
- SP Memory Foam in the shoulders
- Unique FS Matrix two-stage waterproof and breathable liner with Nanomax and Rainguard barrier technology plus an insulated liner to suit the rider’s needs
- Micro fleece padded Mandarin collar
- Elasticized stretch panels at elbows
- Stretch Carboflex panels at back shoulders for increased flexibility
- Four-step adjustable upper and lower sleeve volume control
- Ram Air direct ventilation system, zero membrane ventilation interference
- Adjustable Velcro waist strap with elasticized panels at the hips for added comfort
- Reflective Phoslite piping for increased nighttime visibility
- Gusseted Velcro adjustable wrist cuffs
- Pockets included: two zipped front hand warmer, two chest, one zipped map, one inside Velcro, and one mobile phone pocket
- 8” waist zipper and universal snap belt connector to attach to pants
We put a size Medium on Huey and a size XL on Dewey for our Fit Check review and those are the sizes they normally wear. The jackets look great for the pictures, but in practice would probably be a bit snug. In checking Fieldsheer’s size chart for 2014 (see below), you’ll see that the chest sizes listed for each alpha size are a couple inches smaller than you would expect to see (at least in the smaller size ranges), and this confirms our observations.
My advice then would be to measure your chest and choose a size based upon the chart below, which for those in the Small to XL range will be one larger alpha size than you normally wear. If you are between sizes, just choose the larger (don’t go 1-1/2 sizes bigger).
If you have a bit of a belly, you’ll want to make sure you won’t have a fit issue. To check, just measure and make sure the chest size of the jacket you choose is at least 4” bigger than your max belly. For example, if your belly is 40”, then choose a minimum size XL which has a max chest of about 44”.
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Our Two Cents
About Fieldsheer for 2014: The Fieldsheer line for 2014 is all new. The line has been dormant (as far as the introduction of new products goes) for 3 or more years, and all that is left from its previous “life” are a few scattered closeout groups. Since the economic crash of about five years ago, US based MC apparel makers have been cautious about new introductions of product and those that have come out tend to be reduced in features, material expense and price. European makers (such as Alpinestars and REV’IT! have held the line on quality and consequently their pricing is higher also. Fieldsheer, for 2014, is positioning themselves above the quality/price of most US based makers and putting themselves several notches above where they were… up with the pricing and quality of the European brands. As of this writing, I’ve only reviewed two product lines and I’m pleasantly surprised. And while I don’t think this line will have quite the “fit and finish” of the slightly higher priced European makers, they are definitely a step or two above where they were and above their US based competitors. The feature lists and looks are excellent… the fit/finish and materials are very good. As I find over and over in this biz… if consumers compare MSRP of competing products, they’ll be looking at a pretty close indication of overall value (of course closeout items offer better “value”, but we are speaking of how MSRP is an indication of overall features, build quality and materials). Anyway, kudos for the owners of the Fieldsheer line for their confidence in upping their game and having confidence in the sport. :: Paul, 11-30-13
About this jacket: This new Sugo jacket is a full-featured street/touring style, and it is packaged in a waist length style (rather than a longer 3/4 style like the otherwise similarly featured Adventure Tour jacket). Whether you choose a waist length style like this or a longer style is merely a matter of preference. A longer jacket will give a bit more coverage and keeps out the weather better at your waist because it overlaps pants more. And being longer, it will have a bit more storage. But a shorter style like this works better for those in a sport riding position (less bulk when you are in a forward-leaning riding position close to a tank). We’ve taken a whole series of photos for you to show all the features such as the storage, armor, etc, so be sure and click the “View Larger Images” link above to see those. The climate control aspect of this jacket deserves some discussion. Many “waterproof” jackets are built with a permanent “mid-liner” which is a waterproof barrier between the jacket’s outer shell and the nylon liner on the inside (and in some cases the waterproof liner IS the inside lining). That liner arrangement is very good at keeping water out, but just by design limits the comfort of the jacket in hot weather because air passing through vents doesn’t reach the rider’s skin… the venting occurs only between the outer shell and inner lining of the jacket. But this design departs from most others in this segment because it combines a water-resistant shell with a removable Nanomax waterproof liner. That means that when you use the various vents (and there are four in front and two in back (see the pics), you’ll get a LOT more cooling air reaching through the inside mesh liner to your skin. The waterproof liner is made to work with the removable thermal liner so that you can “mix and match” to suit the conditions. You can use one, or the other, or both. If you’re interested, here’s a brief video that gives you some info about Nanomax. You’ll quickly figure out which one (or none) to include for your rides and you’ll be able to stay comfortable in a very wide range of temps. The styling of the Sugo is a cross between sport and touring and has a bit of a “high tech” look to it as well. There are some nice graphics on the front and back which make me think “science fiction” and they look sharp. The armor supplied for the shoulders and elbows is about like all other quality of armor you’ll find, and the back armor they supply is well above others in terms of overall sturdiness (just my humble opinion… not based on testing). I’d regard this jacket as “all purpose”. It is sporty in style, but cut more comfortably than many sport jackets and offers most of the convenience features you’d find on a jacket designed for long touring. :: Paul, 12-09-13
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