I do most of my riding at night. I am fairly set on my lighting (Minewt X2 dual, mars 3.0), but need some different reflective material.
I had planned on ordering some rolls of tape since I couldn't find it locally, then I found some NATHAN brand reflective red "tape" kits and decided to try them since they were only $2 (and I am happy with the NATHAN reflective yellow triangle I got for my camelbak).
Well, I really liked the precut designs and it has held up well...I am not happy with the reflective performance. It only bounces the light straight back. Holding a flashlight by my head and it's very bright, holding the light at my hip it doesn't even seem reflective. Even holding at shoulder height greatly degrades performance. This translates the same with car headlights. From the right angle you might get a flash of it, but it sure isn't very reliable.
The angle of the tape doesn't matter. You can be looking at it nearly flat/from the side and it will light up if the light angle is there. If not, it just looks like slightly bright regular vinyl.
Are all tapes like this, and this is just the nature of the thickness? Does it need to be as thick as a reflector to perform as well or even close angle-wise? Do I need to get the expensive 3M stuff? Is there something that works as well for less? Thank you much.