The Sugoi RS Rain Glove is a warm and water resistant neoprene glove but, on the flip side, breathability suffers as a result and a closer cuff would improve the fit.
The neoprene fabric is water resistant, as opposed to waterproof, and will do a good job at keeping out a shower, but prolonged heavy rain will penetrate the fabric. However, the neoprene works on the same principle as a wetsuit, so it retains warmth when wet.
So they’re good in wet conditions but breathability isn’t as good as polyester and your hands can get quite clammy when it’s dry and/or the temperature rises. These are gloves for cold, wet conditions, then.
The fit is decent, on the whole, but neoprene is a little stiffer than polyester, so the glove doesn’t feel as supple when shifting or braking, and there’s too much material in the cuff, which flares out significantly. There’s a velcro tab to provide a windproof and water resistant seal if you ride with the cuff over your jersey/jacket, though some cold air can still get in. Chances are, however, you’ll ride with the cuff tucked inside so it’s not a big problem, but we’d still prefer a closer fit.
Otherwise, there’s plenty of grip on the palm and fingers, and the thumb tip is compatible with touch screen phones. There’s reflective detail on the outside, too.
The Sugoi RS Rain Glove is at its best in cold, wet conditions, when the neoprene fabric is effective in keeping your hands warm. That wet-weather warmth means they’re less effective in the dry, and the fabric can feel a little stiff, but that’s to be expected from a neoprene glove, and these are likely to be pulled from the kit bag when there’s little chance of staying dry. We’d like to see the fit improved with a closer cuff.