Hi Viz or Regular color on jacket?

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  1. guiri

    guiri Looking for a good home..

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    Guys, should I go for Hi Viz when buying a motorcycle jacket or does it matter?

    What about something with more color like Red but NOT being Hi Viz?

    What is your opinion on this?

    THanks

    George
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  2. navi

    navi Been here awhile

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    Hi Viz & White Helmet, ( and moving thru traffic ) best possible combination


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  3. guiri

    guiri Looking for a good home..

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    ???

    Thanks
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  4. Dirtysouth

    Dirtysouth Stud fee waived for noobs

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    A Hi-viz jacket and a white helmet will get you noticed more so than a red jacket and black helmet. It's not going to be 100% foolproof, but it will make you more visible. You can always just buy a Hi-viz vest to go over any color jacket if you want.
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  5. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    Human's eyes are drawn to motion . . . .something stationary is easily not percieved . . . . .

    It' swhy many rider, including myself, diddybop back and forth within our lane while riding in traffic . . . . the added dimension of motion makes us more likely to be noticed . . . . . .
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  6. Bill Murray

    Bill Murray Been here awhile

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    It's dangerous out there. I want the odds as much in my favorite as possible. Wearing hi-viz jackets is one to help. My summer riding jacket is hi-viz; my winter jacket is not, but when it gets replaced, it will be be with a hi-viz. A disadvantage of hi-viz is that they show dirt and grime.

    I have also switched to wearing a white helmet -- it helps also.

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  7. Mudcat

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    I think it&#8217;s a personnel choice, hi viz might be marginally safer. I like black or gray myself<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  8. guiri

    guiri Looking for a good home..

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    Nah, if I'm gonna buy a vest, might as well get the whole jacket in Hi Viz.

    Thanks
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  9. Dirtysouth

    Dirtysouth Stud fee waived for noobs

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    If I was buying a new jacket, then yes I would buy a Hi-viz. If I already had a jacket, I would save my money and just buy a vest to go over my existing jacket.
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  10. guiri

    guiri Looking for a good home..

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    Well, I'm getting a new jacket so it'll be hi viz then since it seems there's little doubt
    about your choices.

    Now to find a jacket that fits my 62" gut :(
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  11. randyo

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    Hi-Vis

    I had a red jacket at one time, after 25,000 or so of riding it was a pink jacket from ultraviolet light fade, and it looked ghey till I replaced it
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  12. acejones

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    Navi is absolutely right. The most visible stuff out there is hi-viz jacket and white helmet. Do not go with a red jacket as it WILL eventually fade to pink.
    As for hi viz showing dirt; it will. Just clean it. Do you want to look fashionable or be visible ?
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  13. guiri

    guiri Looking for a good home..

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    Pink? Oooh, sexy

    :)
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  14. guiri

    guiri Looking for a good home..

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    Dirt is not a problem as I will ride mostly on the street and like you said, I could always clean it.

    Hi Viz it is. IF available in whatever jacket I find 'cause the size is going to be a problem.

    Any suggestions for a waterproof jacket (preferably one that is well vented so I can use it all year round)
    that accomodates huges guts and HOPEFULLY that doesn't cost too much?

    Thanks
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  15. MrBob

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    My touring jacket and mesh jacket are both high-viz. My impression is that incidences of being tailgated and cut off in traffic have dropped significantly with these jackets.
    If I was younger and there was still a chance I could be cool I might be reluctant to wear a pulsating color, but that's behind me.
    I also use a white helmet for the increased visibility and to reduce the heat gain in the Colorado sunshine.
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  16. Boats313

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    Unfortunately, I have found that a well ventilated jacket is not going to be water proof. Unless they start using drysuit style zippers, every vent is a place for water to enter. I bought what was called a water proof jacket and it is for a light shower. But for my normal 40 minute ride to work in a heavy rain it leaks at all of the "waterproof" zippers. The fabric itself is fine. In a crosswind it is even worse, gets right under the flap on the main zipper, runs down the front and into my pants. And in the heat it is just a little too warm.

    My next jacket will be 2 jackets, one for the nice summer weather and another for the winter. Or I'll just add a cheaper rain jacket to the top as needed.
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  17. guiri

    guiri Looking for a good home..

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    Yeah, I SHOULD get a white helmet as it's hot as hell in the summer here in NC but dammit, I just can't stand the white color. I may have to draw the line there.

    However, the helmet I'm getting has an led light in the back so that should help.

    Thanks
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  18. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Me too. HV gets dirty fast, and cleans poorly. I am not convinced it helps all that much. People cut off fire engines all the time, and they are hardly low viz.:deal

    Jim :brow
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  19. JimVonBaden

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    I've had both. The black and white are not all that different in heat transfer. Remember there is an inch of high density insulation so any absorbed heat from the color will still be blocked. Better is to find one with good ventilation. Your head is 98.6° and most heat comes out of your head.

    Jim :brow
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  20. Xeraux

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    Yeah.

    If you're running any kind of windscreen they can't see anything other than that and your headlight anyway. If they're behind me, I really don't care because I'm probably pulling away from them, anyway.

    If you want to really increase your visibility, get some good, bright auxiliary lights.
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