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moymurfs 09-28-2008 04:47 PM

Hi Viz Stich Recall
Just saw this on the site :norton

For Immediate Release
Subject: Recall of Aerostich Fluorescent Lime Yellow High Viz Garments
Some Aerostich Fluorescent High Viz Lime Yellow Garments sold between August,
2007 and September 2008 may be subject to excessive color fading. Purchasers of
these garments may return them for a full refund or replacement. This excessive color
fading does not affect the strength, function or durability of the garment.
All replacement High Viz Lime Yellow garments are of a more fade resistant Lime
Yellow color which is similar to the color used in all Aerostich High Viz garments
produced between 1998 and 2006.
Aerostich pioneered High Viz Lime Yellow for use in riders clothing more than ten years
ago in Darien and Roadcrafter rider’s suits. These were the worlds’ first rider’s jackets
and suits to use a High Viz Lime Yellow color intended specifically to help motorcyclists
be more highly visible to surrounding traffic. The specific Lime Yellow tint then chosen
was the most visible color available without added fluorescent dyes. This High Viz Lime
Yellow color was determined to be the most visible in the color spectrum by optical and
vision research.
Fluorescent color pigments all will fade excessively when exposed to direct sunlight,
unless they are protected by an over-layer that blocks some UV wavelengths.
Aerostich introduced the fluorescent version of it’s High Viz Lime Yellow last year,
when this limitation had been beloved to have been successfully addressed.
More information about this product recall program is available at
<> or 218 722 1927 or by mail at 8 South 18th Ave West, Duluth,
MN 55806



GB 09-28-2008 04:57 PM

Maybe they should talk to the folks at Olympia and find out why their much brighter hiviz doesn't fade.

moymurfs 09-28-2008 05:10 PM


But I'm not sure, the stich' might be a tad heavier fabric than the Olympia.

leeinmemphis 09-28-2008 05:48 PM

I got a new RC last week and commented on how much less brighter it was than my olympia airglide. It is a noticable difference.

squish 09-28-2008 09:41 PM

I ordered my High-Viz darien just after they released the new collar and better sizing but the Old V1.0 high viz
Just after that they changed to the High-Viz 2.0
And I was pissed. Thought about sending my new jacket back to get the HV2.0
but now I'm happy with the OG High-Viz 'cause it's just better looking.
You know more OG.

R_W 09-29-2008 10:46 AM

WOW! To recall for fading is either really stand-up on stich's part or the fading is REALLY bad (could it be worse than the red faded?)

Gorf 09-29-2008 06:25 PM

hmmm after my recent irritations with my RC leaking perhaps this is a convenient way out of it.

nowhereman 09-29-2008 06:37 PM

I got the letter today, with included swatches of the bad and good fabrics. The new hi-viz is noticeably LESS bright than the hi-viz 2.0, the new fabric also feels heavier in density... The new (3.0 ?) hi-viz looks almost mustard color.

I plan to take them up on the recall, but not go for a hi-viz... I'll probably do a black body with red accents. The hi-viz was just too bright in real life, plus I'd seriously look like a banana slug in the new hi-viz.

Also, the hi-viz 2.0 showed soo much bug death. My suit looked like it had been sprayed by a dead bug gun. I didn't want to wash the thing, so I just let it ride... but seriously - it was starting to look kinda gross.

Grinnin 09-30-2008 04:11 AM

Aerostitch changed the recall web page. It now includes color blocks, On my monitor the colors are very similar but the swatches that I received in the mail are night-and-day different.

My current thinking is that a faded jacket in the recalled color cannot be as ugly as a color-fast jacket in dull mustard.

Yea, mine collects bug spots too, but I get into enough rain to give a very thorough rinse occasionally. I only get rain inside when I fail to fold the throat correctly.

Has anyone used "UV-Tech" on, for example, a fade-prone red 'stitch? Aerostitch sells it and it's supposed to "reduce color fading". It doesn't sound like a complete solution but I'm looking at my options.

levain 09-30-2008 04:46 AM

I wonder what they're going to do with all this old gear? I'd buy a faded suit, in my size, assuming the fading doesn't affect the intergrity of the fabric, like they claim....

CopperGreen 09-30-2008 07:20 AM

I too am a Hi Viz owner and have opted for the new color.
It is funky looking, no doubt. I'll make up my mind when I see the jacket in person. (I pursued this prior to the recall notice, and was able to retain my Darian until the replacement arrived).
I should get it in a few days and will photograph and post them shown side by side.
The swatch's were interesting. The recall swatch felt thin and weak compared to the new non florescent swatch yet is 0.002" thicker (0.0215" vs. 0.0195") than the replacement.

rxcoop 09-30-2008 02:30 PM

talked to teresa at aerostich. i have the grey suit with hi-vis ballistics. these are not a problem....its only the hi-viz suits. however, she reminded me of the TWO YEAR warranty....if not happy, send it back and they will replace. did not realize they had such a great policy.

jet123 09-30-2008 02:44 PM

Got my NEw Darien Light...

Its does seem thicker than other DLs that I have handled & reminds more of my old Darien (3 years ago?)

Color? I get comments & see the differnece in cage behavior... good enough for me!

gosling1 09-30-2008 04:00 PM


Originally Posted by rxcoop
talked to teresa at aerostich. i have the grey suit with hi-vis ballistics. these are not a problem....its only the hi-viz suits. however, she reminded me of the TWO YEAR warranty....if not happy, send it back and they will replace. did not realize they had such a great policy.

After reading this thread this morning, I called Aerostich CS to get more info since I hadn't gotten the "recall notice" in the mail. For once, I got a CS rep (name withheld) who wasn't too helpful - was just asking general questions about the odds of it (fading) happening to a jacket, etc. I've got a 2 PC R/C jacket that I purchased in March after waiting for them to come out with the new color - the old "hi-viz" wasn't that to me - and I'm not sure if I'll switch to it by the end of the year, when the recall expires, or continue to hang onto my current one.

CopperGreen 10-03-2008 12:41 PM

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Here's a side by side
I think the color is good though it looks like short school bus yellow...

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