Glass ‘Pixels’ Printed On Bike Jacket Make It Shine At Night

A to-be-released jacket from Sugoi looks to be one of the shiniest things on the road.

Reflective RPM Zap Sugoi jacket

Designed for nighttime bike commuters, the RPM Zap Jacket will be available in fall 2014. It is a mid-price nylon shell (under $150) with a cool feature: It is screen-printed with thousands of glass “pixels” that make for one of the most reflective garments we’ve seen.

Nighttime RPM Zap Jacket Sugoi
Sugoi RPM Zap Jacket

The jacket appears normal under daylight conditions. It has an accentuated drop tail, recreational fit, big pocket on back, and long arms — all nods toward its bike-centric design.

It is not, however, breathable, which will likely be a drawback for those with even modestly long commutes. Made with coated nylon, the jacket is waterproof but will trap sweat. Rob Gill, Sugoi’s creative director, told us it is designed for short commutes and not long miles on the road.

Non-reflective and reflective comparison RPM Zap Sugoi jacket
The RPM Zap Jacket under daylight, left, and reflected light, right

The company claims the jacket used in the video was put through a 24-hour wash and dry cycle, which speaks to its longevity. I’d like to see for myself what this jacket can do under various lighting conditions.

“It almost looks like it’s battery powered, but it just reflects light,” Gill said.

RPM Zap jacket in daytime
The RPM Zap Jacket in daytime
Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.