Hi Viz or White Helmet?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Kainic, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    Very true, unless the reflective tape is white like the Solas.

    Graphics, while seeming to scream look at me do clutter up the shape and break it down into tiny pieces that get lost in the background....an effective camo if you will. A large, solid, light color traveling @ six feet off the ground on the highway helps.
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  2. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    White helmet, with white reflective tape, and a High-Viz jacket. White isn't as noticeable in fog, snow, or a sea of white vehicles and/or billboards/signs. High-Viz isn't as noticeable in the dark.

    Switch between orange and green jackets for the season, or even just for wash day. Generally though...Don't match the foliage.

    Also have the High-Viz color contrasted by patches of a dark color.
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  3. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    I started with a white helmet when I started riding almost 20 years ago. I thought it was pretty noticeable.

    Then for many years, I had all kinds of various colored helmets, but nothing bright.

    When Scorpion first came out with their Hi-Viz EXO-700 helmet some years back, I jumped on board right away. I loved that helmet, but it faded after a year and they replaced it, but the next one faded again. I kept wearing it, but became pretty disgusted how bad it started looking. I've seen many other faded hi-viz helmets and I think unless you take the time to maybe wax them or something, they are going to fade.

    I wasn't ready to give up on Hi-viz helmets yet though, so I when saw that Nexx had a bright high-viz XR1R in Florescent orange, I had to give it a shot. So far this one is holding up well and not fading. This is my new favorite helmet by the way. I still love the EXO-700's but this XR1R rocks!

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    Between that Orange helmet and my hi-viz yellow gear, I know they can see me! :D

    Oh yeah, when Scorpion started closing out the hi-viz EXO-700's I picked up a 3rd one and going to try the car wax this time to see if it lasts longer, but I know eventually it will probably fade.

    I've also had a lot of high viz Olympia gear for the past few years too, but once again, I'm tired of how grungy it starts looking so I think going forward I'm going to just get the hi-viz vests to wear over darker colored gear that is cheaper to replace and keep looking nice.
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  4. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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    Here is my $0.02.

    87% of statistics are made up.

    However, anecdotal evidence suggests a while helmet is easier to pick out. My friend Reid rides a Goldwing (on his way to 550,000km so far) and wears a Hi-Viz jacket and white helmet.

    No matter where I am travelling, whether it be in my car, in the Ambulance or on my bike, I have NO problem identifying Reid from huge distances. I've also noted in traffic that those riders with white helmets catch my eye quicker than those wearing flashy colors.

    I'm 75% sure you'll make the right choice. :wink:
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  5. Bravo21

    Bravo21 Been here awhile

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    If you can't find a hi-viz helmet you like, can afford, or fits properly, consider the following comparison:

    My brother and I both ride flat black V-stroms and wear very similar colored gear, including hi-viz jackets. Consider the following two pictures, taken within minutes of each other under overcast, mid-day skies. The major difference is his helmet is white, mine is anthracite grey. These photos were a major reason I sold my grey RF-1100 and replaced it with a White GT-Air.

    Considering the bike blocks large portions of the jacket and the helmet is the highest most visible part of your gear, which one would you rather be wearing to be better seen?

    Me:
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    My brother:
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  6. nhbubba

    nhbubba Internet Tough Guy

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    This is a superb point, IMO. Especially on a bike with any kind of fairing and/or luggage.
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  7. LndCrsr

    LndCrsr Adventurer

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    I knock on wood and hope for no bad juju!.....

    I wear black and assume I'm invisible!
    So far, so good....40 years...:eek1
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  8. andrewhtf

    andrewhtf Been here awhile

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    Good comparison.

    Now if only we can see similar comparo between a white and a hi-viz! :clap
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  9. andrewhtf

    andrewhtf Been here awhile

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  10. cliffy109

    cliffy109 Long timer

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    Because part of what makes you so visible is the lack of patterns that can create many smaller blocks of white or yellow. Breaking it up creates a kind of camouflage. Granted, it is bright camo, but not nearly as visible as either white or hi-viz by itself.
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  11. guavadude

    guavadude de-composer

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    Steve McQueen wore white. Just sayin'.
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  12. SteelB12

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    I use a Fly HiViz yellow helmet on my KLR and I painted my top case florescent orange. So far, so good. The orange spray paint has not held up well to the sun
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  13. gsweave

    gsweave Yinz, blinkers are on, since 05

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    I wear Hi-Viz jacket and a White helmet. Plus I blow 100K candlewatt down the road in a triangle pattern.

    To 85% of braindead drivers, I am still invisible
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  14. ADW

    ADW 'tard bike restos

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    Looks like a Sena SMH-10? I was thinking about a Nolan 104 and my SMH-10. How was mounting the speakers? Easy? PITA but doable? Etc.?
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  15. imwstore

    imwstore Adventurer

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    Nice decals it has on it mate!
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  16. acap650

    acap650 acap650

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    I've been through 2 Shoei Vivid Orange helmets and 2 Scorpion Neons and they all fade - the brighter the color the more it fades. They fade most on top so you lose visibility from the sky but front, back and sides are still very bright. Fading is a cosmetic issue, not a functional one.
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  17. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Rut Roh, now we gotta worry about those helicopter incursions while riding.:eek1
    Pilot, "I didn't see him officer, as you can see, his helmet has faded. I thought it was safe to land there."
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  18. juddspaintballs

    juddspaintballs Never too many bikes

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    The best reflective stuff to stick onto a helmet is the original white scotchlite. It has all the qualities of the visibility of white in daylight and it's the most reflective of reflective materials out there. I've got some stuck to my white RF-1100
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  19. cjmadura

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    I've been riding with a white XD3 for years, and just bought a white Shoei GT-Air. Pairing these wit ha Triumph reflective hi-viz vest really makes me "pop" on the road. During the day, the white lid just beams. At dusk, the Hi-vis vest looks like its glowing. At night, the vests Scotchlite light up like a spotlight.:norton

    I've had black and multi-colored helmets as well, but I'm always impressed by how noticeable a clean white ball looks on the road. Pairing the two above with my old Triumph Tiger 955 in Roulette Green left no excuse for cagers :tbnot seeing me. I was probably annoying bright on crisp sunny days:D

    And yes, I think those remarkably annoying modulating headlights should be banned. Being noticed by drivers is good:clap, pissing off drivers is not.:nono
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  20. max384

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    Take a look at Reflexite. I bought some for my panniers and it far surpasses Scotchlite in terms of its reflectiveness. Looking at the two side by side it was absolutely no contest (comparing identicwl colors, of course).
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