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    Next question..HiVis or not?

    Is it best to get a Hivis jacket for someone that occasionally rides on roads and sometimes at night or would a no hivis version be OK? The jacket (Gore Fusion Tool) has numerous reflective bits as well.

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    imysho, the more visible you can make yourself the better.

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    I think really good lights are more important, both front and rear.

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    Thanks guys. There are too many choices!
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    I'm too much of a fashion victim for hi viz, but my messenger bag is red and yellow, with a ton of reflective stuff, and I have good lights.
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    Yes Hi-Viz

    In the summer, I don't wear Hi Viz because like Andrw, I'm a bit of a bike fashionista. HOWEVER, the winter, I have a GoreTex HiViz jersey I wear quite often...I figure if they are looking for my carcass, they might find it wearing this.
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    Re: Next question..HiVis or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by alphazz View Post
    I think really good lights are more important, both front and rear.
    This for sure. If you have proper lighting you don't need reflective clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terranaut View Post
    This for sure. If you have proper lighting you don't need reflective clothing.
    Yea, cause the original post was about the use of lights. Regardless, I do agree, Lights are way more important. Like having airbags and then adding seatbelts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WA-CO View Post
    In the summer, I don't wear Hi Viz because like Andrw, I'm a bit of a bike fashionista. HOWEVER, the winter, I have a GoreTex HiViz jersey I wear quite often...I figure if they are looking for my carcass, they might find it wearing this.
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    I have this same jacket, picked it up on sale for $80 bucks at my local sporting good store. It almost glows in the dark its so bright. The drivers here in South Korea treat the red lights as yield so I really have to be on my toes. I wear this in addition to lights

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    For road riding, hi-viz bits on you and your bike are great, but a good flashing blinker on the rear is critical.
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    Next question..HiVis or not?

    I wear hi viz while riding trails for one reason alone - hunters.

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    I'm actually in the market for a new jacket.

    Eyeing the fox downpour.

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    I don't wear construction worker hivis on the road because drivers associate that with road and construciton workers, for whom they have no respect and drive past way too fast. I have enough cycling specific items on with tidbits of reflectivity, and my lights cause drivers to mistake me for an inbound passenger jet.

    The safest cyclist at night is the one that drivers can't figure out what the hell they are... forces them to keep their attention on you instead of dismissing your presence after identifying you quickly.
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    Re: Next question..HiVis or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elbastardo View Post
    I wear hi viz while riding trails for one reason alone - hunters.

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    I'm actually in the market for a new jacket.

    Eyeing the fox downpour.
    I got a rain jersey about a year ago.

    Wow.

    I never really got a jacket to work well for me for athletic cycling. The Showers Pass Elite is the best I've tried, but I think they're fighting an unwinnable battle. IMO, fitted soft shells are the way to go. Mine is from my team kit order. So Castelli, kind of a detuned, more printable version of the Gabba WS I think. That's based on Gore Windstopper fabric.

    For commuting, a good jacket works okay for me. I just sweat too much if I'm riding like I mean it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terranaut View Post
    This for sure. If you have proper lighting you don't need reflective clothing.
    that's not what "really good lights are more important" means.

    EVERY step you take to improve visibility on the road helps. Incrementally, however, bright active lighting makes a bigger difference.

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