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Old 10-14-04, 01:02 PM
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Better not call this cop a geek to his face!:



I have this similar motorcycle vest:




Advantages:
Loads of reflectivity at night (more than any other vest I've seen), super adjustable to fit over jackets, slightly less geeky (vs. the construction worker/bike vest look).

Disadvantage:
No fluorescent material, but the reflective stripes are reasonably bright in the daytime.

https://www.seebak.com/
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Old 10-14-04, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Tightwad
Hmmmm.....let me see.....do I enjoy pain or do I worry about
looking geeky?? Decisions, Decisions..........
I wasn't that serious, you know...
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Old 10-14-04, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by John Ridley
My brother's a firefighter/paramedic. He said the switch to green trucks (because of higher visibility than red) has somewhat reversed because the crazy light & sound packs that are now required render the color of the truck a bit of a moot point. He also said that they'd discovered that a certain shade of violently hot pink is even more visible than green, but to date he has not seen any hot pink fire trucks :-)
My old psych professor told me that while green was easier spotted, red was used because people subconsciously associated that with an emergency vehicle while green didn't have that association. Plus nowadays you can see and hear them before you can make out what color they are.
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Old 10-14-04, 08:13 PM
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Pearl Izumi makes a vest in the bright green/yellow color. It can be seen from a very long way off. I believe they have it on the REI website.
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Old 10-14-04, 08:23 PM
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Of course nothing beats a HID with a diffuser pointed backwards...
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Old 10-15-04, 07:19 AM
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MEC sells one with the green colour by Cactus Creek. https://mec.ca/Products/product_detai...=1097846546086

However, I think I'll save my $30 CAN and keep wearing the standard 'flagman' one that a friend gave me years ago.
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Old 10-15-04, 08:07 AM
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Here is the one I use this time of year. Purchased from an ebay vendor.
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Old 10-15-04, 12:39 PM
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These are a cool vests if you're sitting upright or maybe riding a bent. However, if you ride on the drops, I"m not sure how much of these vests the drivers will actually see.
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Old 10-15-04, 12:59 PM
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I don't wear a vest, but I really like the Hi-Viz yellow and orange jerseys I got from performance a while back. They are just as bright as a vest, just no reflective material. I have plenty of lighting and reflective stickers for after dark anyway. I am surprised more people don't wear hi-viz jerseys...
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Old 10-15-04, 11:34 PM
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I noticed today while putting on my Super Bright Geek Vest that the back is mostly hidden by my messenger bag. A lot of good it's doing underneath there! I suppose a bit of the tail may show but I'm not sure -- it's kind of hard trying to get a good look without going around in circles and getting really dizzy. This is why it's a good idea to also have a quality Butt Blinker in addition to a SBGV.
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Old 10-16-04, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by gahaya
One thing I've wondered about and N7CZ's photo seems to confirm for me, is how much more visible reflective tape is than even this screaming-yellow/green. Maybe it's the nature of photos, but I didn't even notice you were wearing a hi-viz yellow jacket at first, while the tape jumps out instantly. I know my jacket looks radioactive on cloudy days and at dusk but I wonder how much it can be seen when it gets darker than that...makes me think about adding more reflective stuff.
I also thought a hi-vis jacket would be enough day or night, but soon found out that the fluorescent "DAY-glow" colors would dull at night. Better to get some Reflexite or Scotchlite tape:

https://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/70098-reflective-tape.html

Rainman's offering a great service by selling some for cost.

(PS...good to see other JA's posting.)
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Old 11-12-04, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by RainmanP

...Driving along a stretch I usually ride I came upon a cyclist. He had on a vest with reflective stripes yet I did not see him at all until my lights actually illuminated HIM, not the reflective material, when I was only about 50 meters or less behind him. It wasn't until after I passed him that I realized that 1) he did have the vest and 2) it didn't reflect at all despite the reflective stripes.
Any idea why the reflective failed on the cyclist's vest?
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Old 11-12-04, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by RainmanP
OhiOH, yeah, that's exactly the one I have. There is nothing wrong with it at all. I have just been noticing how much more visible the green seems to be, not the reflective, just the color. Either one works for my morning commute in the dark since you can't see the fabric anyway. I also wear the vest when it is cloudy and rainy. I think the green is more visible.

VR, I used to think the same thing, but apparently it is more visible. All safety stuff that used to be orange is being changed to the fluorescent lime green, even traffic signs. It's just anecdotal, but I know the green catches my eye more quickly than orange.
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My advice, keep looking until you find the hi viz "yellow". I tend to see cyclists before others(imagine that) and I notice that the ones wearing orange don't stand out as much.
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Originally Posted by vrkelley
Any idea why the reflective failed on the cyclist's vest?
Washing?
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