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Old 08-29-10, 11:48 AM   #1
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Sourcing neon-colored synthetic shirts

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My new commute takes me on some pretty gross roads (including Interstate 5) and additional visibility couldn't hurt. What'd be nice are some simple t-shirts or polos made out of light synthetics in high-visibility colors. But they seem like a basic item, so I'm curious what y'all know of cheap sources online for shirts like that. I'd guess they'd likely come from safety or industrial stores.

When I was in Washington, a lot of the construction workers seemed to be wearing ANSI-colored t-shirts with three parallel horizontal stripes. I like the aesthetic of those compared to the standard ANSI pattern, so if there are sources for those that'd be appreciated as well.
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Old 08-29-10, 12:01 PM   #2
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Try: http://www.alertshirt.com
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Old 08-29-10, 03:28 PM   #3
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Neat... I wonder if there'd be a market for the vests with a "share the lane" logo in them...
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Old 08-29-10, 03:43 PM   #4
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Looks like that alert shirt place only sells mediums and up. Anywhere have smalls?
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Old 08-29-10, 09:31 PM   #5
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Target carries Champion neon yellow shirts. They don't have the pattern, but they probably come in small
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Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshall's discount stores. Lots of bright/neon, synthetics, under $7
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Old 08-30-10, 07:47 AM   #7
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Looks like that alert shirt place only sells mediums and up. Anywhere have smalls?
The alteration to make it fit is available pretty much anywhere: http://www.mcdonalds.com/

Failing that, our local WalMart carries yellow and orange versions, with and without the stripes.
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I got a orange LS shirt , Hunter's gear , Camo to not be seen ,
Bright orange to not be shot.

Theres some T shirts on the shelf at the local independant discount overstock, scratch and dent store , here..
in bright neon yellow and orange..

What size & How many you want?

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I picked up some cheap recreational polos at Old Navy a few months back, they had them in neon orange and green (in addition to the more subdued colors...)
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I second TJ Maxx, Marshall's, also Century 21. You can get stuff cheap there but sizes are hard to find.
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Nice selection and pricing. I'll probably order some of their stuff for Winter.
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Nice selection and pricing.
Quality is excellent too.

Sizing runs large. Bear in mind their primary market is guys who sit on backhoes or drive dump trucks all day. I think they size them like women's clothes. All women want to be a size 2 so they label size 8 and 10 clothes as size 2. Construction guys apparently buy clothes the same way.

I ordinarily buy large. I bought the hi-viz windbreaker in large. There's room for a friend inside. I like the jacket--a lot--but there's just too damned much of it. I need to gain 60 pounds for it to fit, and I'm already 20 pounds overweight.

The Class 2 pocket T-shirts were so baggy, I gave them away to a fat guy who usually wears XL or XXL. They fit him just fine.

The long sleeve ones fits a bit better, so I kept those.

When I buy from them again--and I like their stuff well enough that I will be ordering again--I'm going to order mediums instead.
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LOL tsl also, they may be designed to wear over other clothing.

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I picked up some cheap recreational polos at Old Navy a few months back, they had them in neon orange and green (in addition to the more subdued colors...)
I too bought orange, yellow and green synthetic collared polos from Old Navy a couple of months ago. They do not have stripes, but they are quite visible, wick the sweat and rain away, have held up well and were about $8 each. I should have bought more. They are much nicer than the dry fit tee that I bought at Target.
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I have some Old Navy synthetic polos that I like. I'll have to look into getting the neon ones; good suggestion!
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Hmm, at least online, Old Navy has (only) large orange polos for $10 each:
http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/produc...d=0&pid=739672

No good for me, but hopefully good for someone.

And my issue is that I'm 22 and I ride my bike every day, and enough of a hipster to like reasonably tightly-fitting shirts. So a lot of times, I'm swimming even in small polo shirts.

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I did a little Googling. These look decent:
http://www.amazon.com/Gildan-Ultra-C...315698&sr=1-10
50/50 cotton/poly which isn't ideal but I think they're worth a shot. They also appear to fit reasonably.
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More from Amazon

There are full synthetic:

http://www.amazon.com/Visibilty-Gree...3450169&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/CornerStone-po...ref=pd_sbs_a_8

http://www.amazon.com/Walls-Enhanced...ref=pd_sbs_a_4

http://www.amazon.com/Jeep-Safety-Gr...3450169&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/3A-Safety-SME-...ref=pd_sbs_a_7

Try searching under "safety shirt".
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