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    best hi-vis jersey?

    Tried searching the forums for this - I think the search function needs to be reworked.

    Anyways:
    I almost got nailed twice on the way in this morning; I think I need a good hi-vis jersey.

    Caveat; I've already gotten a little spoiled when my brother-in-law got me a nice Descente jersey for Christmas. So a loose-fitting cheapo Performance one is going to be less than desirable. Highway-worker vest is not an option.

    That said, Performance has one, so does Nashbar.

    Anybody know of a snug-fitting hi-vis short sleeve / sleeveless jersey?

    Thanks in advance!
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    http://alertshirt.com/higvisshirfo.html

    this one: http://alertshirt.com/potmanco.html I wear a M in ANSI Lime when I usually wear L and it is snug and appropriately long

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    That's a neat idea.
    Never thought of hi-vis t-shirts.

    Price is right, too...
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    I realized after I posted that you asked for jerseys, not (backpocketless) tshirts. Glad you hear you are open to other options!

    I and quite a few others here use these or similar tshirts. I live in the phx area and they are nice for the hot summer too - I have about 3-4 of them, but most are unused, they last a long time. I do remove the breast pocket when new by de-stitching so it doesn't get in the way of straps. (alertshirt several years ago sold a lower cost pocketless version - their prices and shipping have gone up, but still a good deal)

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    Yeah, if it's snug and eye-searingly bright, I don't care if it's got back-pockets. I ruined a perfectly good cell phone by keeping it in my back pockets and then going over the handlebars.

    So do they fit like a normal t-shirt, then? Might have to go dig through the band merch box to try some stuff on and see what size I want to get...
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    I find jerseys by normal manufacturers in bright colors.
    I have a form fitted LG jersey in bright yellow.
    I also have a form fitted PI jersey in a bright green.
    Something like this:
    http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.ph...duct_id=194960
    or this
    http://www.louisgarneau.com/catalogs...=ENG&website=2

    I'm not much for the standard alert shirt or vest options for my own reasons.
    I highly recommend LG's jerseys. PI is okay.
    Descente is cool as well but their colors don't seem to scream visibility.

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    I've seen a couple of guys around here starting to wear those high-visibility running belts, like the U.S. military makes them use to run with for in-town physical training. The bicyclists around here wear them over one shoulder like a bandoleer ***-belt or something.

    Here is an example of one on Amazon. I've only seen them wear the yellow one around here.

    http://www.amazon.com/Jogalite-High-.../dp/B000ZHCH2W


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    The AlertShirt short-sleeve t-shirts fit me like a tent. All sorts of extra fabric flapping in the breeze around my middle. These are definitely for pear-shaped people. Can't stand to wear 'em.

    The AlertShirt long-sleeve t-shirts fit a little better. Still some flapping, but they're not "fat-guy on a backhoe" shirts. Sleeves are long enough too. These are my default commuting shirts in cool weather.

    Nashbar's Premium Jersey fits just a smidge larger than race-cut jerseys. Perfect for me. These are my default commuting jerseys in warm weather.

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    Check out Chipcom in this thread, he's wearing the alertshirt that he likes for commuting.

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    my local Dick's Sporting Goods has some.

    you might also consider one of these products:

    http://alertshirt.com/higvisshirfo.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    The AlertShirt short-sleeve t-shirts fit me like a tent. All sorts of extra fabric flapping in the breeze around my middle. These are definitely for pear-shaped people. Can't stand to wear 'em.
    My alertshirt fits as tight as any jersey - nothing flapping and nothing squeezed to tight. But as I noted above I wear Medium, not L as I do for my casual shirts and jerseys. I do have one L alertshirt and it is not that loose either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobodyetal View Post
    Highway-worker vest is not an option.
    Hmmmm........Now let me get this straight. You worry about getting hit and discount outta hand
    the value of a product that saves thosands of hiway workers lives everyday?

    Sounds like you worry 'bout fashion to much.
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    Reflective belts can be found at http://www.reflect-a-life.com
    Last edited by Matt1972; 03-10-09 at 04:46 PM.

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    Have any of you tried the Alert Shirt polo shirt?

    It's got that so-bad-it's-good thing goin' for it!

    http://alertshirt.com/poposh.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    Hmmmm........Now let me get this straight. You worry about getting hit and discount outta hand
    the value of a product that saves thosands of hiway workers lives everyday?

    Sounds like you worry 'bout fashion to much.
    Truth! I love my $5 Ansi vests. 10x better then the $30 Nathan vest I have. I have an XL for wearing over my winter jacket and a L Mesh for the mornings for the rest of the year.
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    Which hi-vis color is better, Orange or Yellow/Lime?

    Does it really matter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
    Have any of you tried the Alert Shirt polo shirt?

    It's got that so-bad-it's-good thing goin' for it!

    http://alertshirt.com/poposh.html
    I have to get one of these if for no other reason than to irritate the the fashion police in my household

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grim View Post
    Truth! I love my $5 Ansi vests. 10x better then the $30 Nathan vest I have. I have an XL for wearing over my winter jacket and a L Mesh for the mornings for the rest of the year.

    I have a couple of high-vis jersies (and one high-vis under armorI got cheap---but I also wear an ANS vest, as well. Nver have too much reflective stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobodyetal View Post
    That's a neat idea.
    Never thought of hi-vis t-shirts.

    Price is right, too...
    So a "loose fitting cheapo Performance jersey" doesn't work for you, but a t-shirt does?

    OK....
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    Quote Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
    I have to get one of these if for no other reason than to irritate the the fashion police in my household
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
    Which hi-vis color is better, Orange or Yellow/Lime?

    Does it really matter?
    Yes.

    Ten to twenty percent of the population is some extent of colorblindness. Very few can see only black and white. Most colorblind people can see the yellow/lime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
    Which hi-vis color is better, Orange or Yellow/Lime?

    Does it really matter?
    Neon lime green is way more effective than yellow or orange in my opinion. Of course you could always run a Dinotte tail light to help the visibility factor.
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    Neon green is the most visible color. Google it and you will see. Lots of studies have been done.

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    I'm not discounting the value of the Hi-vis vest - I'm discounting the idea that I can't have my cake and eat it too. I said in the first post I was spoiled.

    It needs to be form-fitting and it needs to be hi-vis.
    If a $10 t-shirt can fit those criteria, why wouldn't I consider it?

    Good suggestions thus far. Thanks for the input!
    Further ideas are welcome.
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    OK, Lime it is then.

    I'm gonna pick up a safety vest.

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