19 December 2008
More on reflective vests
Posted by todd under: Safety gear .
Here’s more from Jason Nunemaker on the Carhartt reflective vest (I passed Jason’s recommendation along yesterday — thanks Jason! BTW — Jason writes some funny stuff, and he has lots of good cycling tips):
Hi, Todd — here’s more on the vest, straight from the horse’s… well, let’s just say “mouth.”
Apparently, ANSI ranks this sort of reflective stuff by classes. My vest (shown) is a Class 2. Even better is a Class 3, which (as far as I can tell) needs sleeves so it can offer more side visibility. G&L offers a Class 3 on their Web site, but it wasn’t in stock at the store. I like this one better because of the orange contrasting — it really seems to make the reflective pop off the already annoyingly bright yellow.
The one question mark for me is breathability — my night riding is usually the result of short (and cold!) winter days around here, so I can’t say how this will perform when the temps rise. There are mesh versions of similar vests that might be better in the summer.