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Old 09-09-07, 04:21 AM
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Reflective clothing

Hi All,

I'm looking to purchase a reflective jacket for riding this fall and winter. I would like a jacket that offers high visibility during the day (yellow or orange colored) and high reflectivity during night. I'd like to get a light jacket that I can use when the weather is slightly cool. I'd also like to get a rain jacket or a shell that I can use when the weather is foul or cold (perhaps over some other layers of clothing).

I did some searches and found some clothing called Illuminite (http://www.illuminite.com/Catalog/Cycling/81609.htm). Does anyone have any experience/feedback on these jackets?

How about other vendors? What brand of reflective clothing do you prefer?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-09-07, 04:38 AM
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From the vast majority of reports on this forum Illuminite doesn't work very well at all.

My wife uses, and loves, this jacket. Although the reflective material seems small, it's actually surprisingly visible at night. The jacket is very well made too.





http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Water...n-Jackets.html
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Old 09-09-07, 05:00 AM
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I just use a safety vest over the top of whatever I am wearing. I gave up trying to find bright cycle specific clothing. It seems the stuff you need to wear to protect you from the weather comes in black or dark blue Besides my company buys us vests for work so I don't have to pay extra for mine
If you really want to be seen maybe get one of the lighted ones
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Old 09-09-07, 07:00 AM
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http://www.nathansports.com/our_prod...list_vest.html
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I've got no complaints about Illuminite--I have a vest, and people have pulled up next to me on the road and told me how well they can see it in the dark. You also can buy vests with reflective bands at places like REI or any running-shoe store for around $15--they're brighter than Illuminite but the reflective area is smaller. And a company called Alert Shirt, www.alertshirt.com, makes all kinds of long- and short-sleeved T-shirts and jerseys for highway workers and people like that. I have a couple of the shirts; they're high quality and work well.
When I'm king, it will be against the law to wear or sell the dark blue and black crap all the fashionable cyclists around here wear. I'm 100 percent keyed into watching for bikes, and even at that I sometimes run up on some jackass in black tights riding at dusk.
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+1 for Alert Shirt. Their stuff is that rarest of all combinations in current marketplace--both high quality and affordable. I have several of their shirts and one vest.

I'm considering their convertible jacket for the winter. It has a zip-out lining and the sleeves are removable too.
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Ya don't hafta spend big bucks to get a decent lime green reflective
fall or winter coat! Ya can either buy and use a lime green reflective
vest over whatever coat you have or visit an industrial supply house
for hard working & warm fall/winter lime green reflective coat that
construction or roar crew workers use.

Stay away from the over priced "bike fashion" coats that are way over
priced for what you get !!
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Originally Posted by krazygluon
Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?
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Thanks all for the great tips. One thing that I like about the Illuminite stuff is that the arms are reflective (so a car coming sideways would have a better chance of seeing you). However, I really like the AlertShirt stuff. I already use a reflective vest over my normal clothes, but I think I might invest in a couple of AlertShirt T-shirts/long sleeve shirts and maybe one jacket.

How breathable are the AlertShirt jackets?

Thanks!
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You can always just get a reflective belt. I picked up one and it is extremely bright in both day and night. check out this belt.
http://www.reflexsafety.com/proddet.php?IDArt=1767
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Originally Posted by cynergy View Post
Thanks all for the great tips. One thing that I like about the Illuminite stuff is that the arms are reflective (so a car coming sideways would have a better chance of seeing you). However, I really like the AlertShirt stuff. I already use a reflective vest over my normal clothes, but I think I might invest in a couple of AlertShirt T-shirts/long sleeve shirts and maybe one jacket.

How breathable are the AlertShirt jackets?

Thanks!
What are you using for lights? Something like the Cateye TL-1000 or TL-1100 taillight has decent side viability.
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Old 09-10-07, 07:03 AM
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The Alertshirt jacket described above is pretty much completely unbreathable. It is the same jacket that you can find at a workwear store, and it is designed for construction and highway workers. It is made of waterproof PVC coated polyester. I might use the vest or the unlined jacket in cold or wet weather where breathability is not a major concern.
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Old 09-12-07, 05:35 PM
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Some people say they ride up too much, but I like the Amphipod Xinglet.
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Old 09-12-07, 07:18 PM
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How about this lighted vest for day and night riding and doesn't cost much, http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94673 or
have a jogalite such as this one,
http://www.brightideasusa.biz/yieldsymbol.html
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