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Performance Commuter Jacket? Keep or exchange?

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Old 12-27-04, 10:33 AM
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Performance Commuter Jacket? Keep or exchange?

I got one for Christmas. I'm excited about it, but have read mixed reviews on the illuminite fabric. I've heard, if not cared for correctly, that it can lose it's reflective quality. Should I keep this jacket or exchange it for something else? Thanks!
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Old 12-27-04, 11:33 AM
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Let your own biking conditions be the judge. Have somebody try the jacket on for you and sit at your bike the way you sit on the bike (including pack or paniers lights etc) and in simiar lighting conditions that you'll ride in. Then view the jacket from a car (either having someone drive you or driving yourself).

My own personal experience with Illuminite is that it's hype. The brightness seen in the advertisements is actually from the flash of the camera. Not fabric. Bright colors and Scotchlight seems to work much better.
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Old 12-27-04, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by mikdes
I got one for Christmas. I'm excited about it, but have read mixed reviews on the illuminite fabric. I've heard, if not cared for correctly, that it can lose it's reflective quality. Should I keep this jacket or exchange it for something else? Thanks!
--Keep the jacket and keep us apprised on its effective night-reflectivity over time. You can always add iron-on Scotchlight tape too.
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Old 12-27-04, 04:47 PM
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I have an older, inexpensive Illuminite jacket that I bought at a serious discount, to check out. I'm really impressed at the way the jacket reflects direct light; it really creates a ghostly image as a light shines on the jacket.

Unfortunately, I bought a no-frills jacket which doesn't breathe well at all. There's only a small back vent, the front zipper, and two small mesh hand-pockets for ventilation.

So I love and hate my Illuminite jacket. I love the reflectivity but hate it for comfort. (I bought it at such a low price it didn't pay to return it, and I still use it for night rides in winter and bike trips to the grocery store.) You have a much nicer jacket with more venting options so it will likely be much more comfortable on the bike.

I haven't had any care issues, but again, I don't use it often so it doesn't require much washing. I'm speculating here, but if you're concerned about the jacket losing its reflective capabilities from washing, you might consider hand-washing or using a powdered detergent instead of liquid, which may-- may-- leave a dulling coat on the reflectors. Again, that's speculation only! Check with the manufacturer.
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Old 12-27-04, 05:28 PM
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I went to Performance at lunch and they have their brand Gore-Tex coat on sale for $79, normally $129. I didn't have a lot of time, but think I'll try them on side-by-side tomorrow and see which one works better for me. Wasn't, thanks for your input! Everyone else, too!
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Well you should definitely use the thing before you consider returning it; especially since Performance has a 100% satisfaction gaurantee- USE it for awhile, then if you decide you don't like it, THEN return it.
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I have a cheapie Illuminite shell jacket that I use regularly on my commutes to work. It doesn't breathe, it's true, but for my short commute (5 miles round trip) it doesn't make a difference. Since I only use it when I'll be riding before or after dark in colder weather, I just wear it over a thicker coat. It does reflect well, so I'm happy with it.
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