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Old 08-31-2012, 05:49 PM
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What are the hot colors these days for riding, looking to get a vest.

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The lime-yellow is best except in an area with sun shining through trees--the orange is the best there. (A couple of years ago we were in Yosemite Nat'l Park, and the rangers were wearing the lime vests while directing traffic in the late afternoon. With the sun shining through the trees into our eyes, the lime vests were as good as camo at hiding the rangers.)

A class 3 vest (more like a short sleeved shirt) is more visible with the bright color and reflective stripes on the sleeves as well as the body of the vest.

Some will say that they've had wrecks or close calls while wearing the bright colors, so don't bother. My feeling is that if the bright color increases the proportion of drivers that see us from 50% to 51%, that ain't all bad. And, the reflective stripes are a big help in dusk, night, and dawn.
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I use the Icon Mil Spec in orange.
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I have two orange vests. One cotton, one polyester. I like them both but discovered I was getting buffeted around by the wind much more while having them on, versus not. Maybe a size issue? Taking the vest off was a night and day difference with riding in crosswinds.
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I have two orange vests. One cotton, one polyester. I like them both but discovered I was getting buffeted around by the wind much more while having them on, versus not. Maybe a size issue? Taking the vest off was a night and day difference with riding in crosswinds.
Yeah, that's a problem. I have the same issue with mesh and leather jackets. Leather is quieter and causes less drag - but it's hot as hell here, so not practical. Adding a cheap fluoro vest (with extra velcro to make sure it stays on at speed) doesn't add much over a mesh jacket.

I don't wear the hi-vis vest year round, during the commute mid winter, long trips when I'm just 'touring' and riding at night - all those cases the speeds are moderate so it's not a problem.

"tighter" will help, I added extra velcro to make that happen, but it's not a 100% cure. One of the 'bright' jackets would solve the problem, but it's a difference between $5 and $200

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Old 08-31-2012, 11:20 PM
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I wear the bilt lime yellow vest with reflective chevrons.

I can toss it over Leather or textile,

It was like $30 at cyclegear.


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I have the same one in bright orange. It's mesh, and doesn't add too much extra heat to my mesh jacket. Can't go wrong for 30 bucks,
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Here's what I have. Got it at Happy Trails in Boise. It's made by FLY and apparently is made to mil spec.


Otherwise, I wear this--FG Kilimanjaro in Hi-Viz green
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I wear the bilt lime yellow vest with reflective chevrons.

I can toss it over Leather or textile,

It was like $30 at cyclegear.


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I bought the same vest. Works great, and the price is right! Actually, I got it on sale for $20.
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