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Old 09-02-2012, 08:03 PM
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I learned something from reading this thread - regarding hi-vis green (lime) in sunlight/shadow conditions.

I wear a Joe Rocket Hi-vis green mesh jacket (with a few reflective bits of piping and accents) in warm weather. In cold weather I have a $12.99 ( or so ) lightweight hi-vis green safety mesh vest with big sections of reflective material that I wear over my FG Kilimanjaro (black and grey) jacket.

The jacket was a gift from a friend - If I'd have paid for it it would also be hi-vis.

I am CERTAIN this has helped keep me from being hit more than once.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:35 PM
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I wear an orange vest with reflective stripes that was issued to me when i worked at the airport. Its light and easily seen. In the colder months I wear my dririder alpine jacket that is blue and red. It had met with the ground at high speed and needed repairs so I used yellow reflective material for the patching. It looks knid of odd, but if people look twice, hopefully they do the same on the road.
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I have been a serious bicyclist for 45 years and a motorcyclist for 20. On either mode of two-wheel transportation, I am wearing something fluorescent. On the bicycles, I have fluorescent neon-yellow jerseys, jackets or vests. On the bicycles, I am wearing my Olympia Phantom or Stealth suits, or my AST jacket or my Nova vest, all in fluorescent neon-yellow. My motorcycle has 3M Reflexite fluorescent neon-yellow tape liberally applied on the front, back and sides. I wear a bright yellow modular helmet.

I came to this approach after my years in the EMS as a paramedic and then lieutenant, where I studied the issue of conspicuity, and tended to the pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists run over by cars, most of whose drivers said 'I never saw them'. I have personal, anecdotal experience where my use of high-visibility gear has prevented collisions involving me. As far as I am concerned, it is cheap insurance that stacks the odds in my favor, however slightly. You still need to ride under the assumption that people do not see you.
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Get ready for the onslaught of hi-viz critics....
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:36 PM
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I've got a basic hi-viz yellow vest I wear if I'm doing a long distance ride, or if it's a crappy rainy/misty/foggy day etc.

Whats about in terms of Motorbike Jackets with hi-viz characteristics, whether its reflective strips, hi viz patches etc?
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:54 AM
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Default 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.
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