Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Sub-Arctic, New Hampshire
Another Hi-viz yllw-grn vest & wht helmet
I've been riding many decades, but only adopted a hi-viz vest a couple years ago, though I've always worn a "white hat" (raised in the era of Westerns).
I had gone to an 'open house' with many different rides & riders in attendance. Noticed that the GS crowd's new uniform was this hi-viz yellow-green, but didn't think about it.
A few days later, on the way to work (in the cage), a rider wearing that color "popped up" over a hill, coming toward me, and I was impressed at how quickly he'd been noticed, so I took the plunge. My brother's take on it, "Green is the new orange." The teenaged daughter, "Dad, you look like a crossing guard." But I've also had strangers comment on how the vest stood out.
Last summer, I came around a bend with a more-than-a-mile view of the road ahead, and instantly spotted a far-distant bicyclist wearing the same color -- and this is against a wooded background.
I like the vest better than a jacket because the sleeves AREN'T that bright color. That way, my eyes aren't continuously exposed to it, and it makes its appearance more noticeable (I think).
I did notice that after a couple years the color had become pretty faded, so I bought another (the ICON vest mentioned earlier). I also stow it away when I don my rain gear. I would not choose orange because in the autumn our changing foliage makes that more of a 'camouflage color.'
A friend has the opposite approach: black helmet, dark jacket, "don't see me," and I consider him a more-skilled rider... so to each, their own.