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post #1 of 123 Old 06-15-2011, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Opinions sought - Hi vis Gear

Do you wear it ? Do you think it's a good idea to wear it? Opinions sought, let er rip. I am considering doing a piece on the subject for a magazine.

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post #2 of 123 Old 06-15-2011, 09:57 AM
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I always wear a hi viz vest. It does make a difference. How much of a difference depends on environmental and situational variables. I think it sends a better message over loud pipes. They never say they didn't hear you if you get in a wreck.
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post #3 of 123 Old 06-15-2011, 10:00 AM
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after 5 years of riding, and over 102K miles....

I started off as big believer in hi-viz clothing and markings...now, not so much....it helps but its not the end all to keep you safe either.

This article I read and I posted about pretty much says it all: LINK

Not to dissuade anyone re using Hi-Viz of course, just don't rely solely on it to be visible or avoid "incidents" with unseeing, unwary, clueless cagers.


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post #4 of 123 Old 06-15-2011, 10:12 AM
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All I can say is that when it's time to replace the current riding gear, I will be considering it because I think the possible benefits outweigh fashion, etc. Not sure I'd pay a premium price for a jacket if I could get the same or similar non-hi-vis at clearance prices.

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post #5 of 123 Old 06-15-2011, 10:13 AM
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I always wear hi-viz gear. I believe that it helps others see me better in traffic, but I don't rely on it. I still expect people to enter my right of way. I think that hi-viz riding gear helps reduce the number of times that this happens though.

I specifically look for motorcycles in traffic and I still have a hard time noticing the guys that are dressed all in black.

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post #6 of 123 Old 06-15-2011, 10:14 AM
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Hi viz is just a tool. co_g30, I'm targeting your post at all and agree with it.

We had 2 threads in the past few months and some individuals in the anti hi viz crowd seems to claim that people who wear hi viz like to use hi viz as a crutch and not pay attention to the road or use the z line or be proactive in their safety in any other way. I don't think I have seen anyone post that they use their hi viz in that manner. It is a tool just like your helmet.

I don't hear anybody suggest that people wearing a helmet are not proactive about safety by wearing a helmet.
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post #7 of 123 Old 06-15-2011, 10:28 AM
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post #8 of 123 Old 06-15-2011, 10:31 AM
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I got a neon yellow scorpion 700 helmet. My first really high viz piece of equipment. It REALLY stands out and unlike others I can prove it.

I got a ticket a week later and the cop said I stood out like a sore thumb

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post #9 of 123 Old 06-15-2011, 10:32 AM
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I've noticed how well the hi-vis shows up and can see no harm in it. If it helps even one person in a vehicle see me sooner then it is worth it. Have a white helmet for the same reason. Those things and a loud horn for those don't see me.
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post #10 of 123 Old 06-15-2011, 10:34 AM
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My Darien jacket is hi-viz. Actually, it WAS hi-viz when it was new. Not quite so hi-viz now. Somewhat over 300K miles riding in the past 10 years, all but the first 2 years with Hi-viz. I think it's one more thing that might make me stand out, but absolutely don't rely on it. Especially here around DC, every little bit helps.

When I was riding the ST1300, it was not unusual for people to move out of the lane, thinking I was a cop.

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