OK I just accidentally closed the window on a longer winded version of this post so here's the nutshell.
I commute in NYC and recently have been paranoid that my visual profile is too dark. I would like to balance my visibility with practicality in terms of the gear that I have and what I'd supplement with.
I have a North Face jacket that I love and wear as a shell but it's much too dark. I recently ordered an Illuminite jacket but a) it was too small b) I wasn't sure it would cut it as a similar quality shell, especially in the winter.
I've thought about simply getting a reflective vest to put over my jacket when I ride, but then again I wear a messenger bag which would partially obscure it.
I do ride with lights (Serfas front blinkie, PB blinkie on my bag, blinkie armband), have my helmet pretty much covered in reflective stickers, and actually just ordered some more lights ( PB Super Spot , and helmet blinkie ) that I'm picking up today.
Do you guys think a colored vest would be enough? If so what recommendations would you give?
Thanks and sorry if I seem over cautious , but better than safe than sorry.