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post #1 of 12 Old Jan 19th, 2019, 8:15 am Thread Starter
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Hi Vis Gore Tex Jacket?

Not holding out much hope for this, seems I've checked every available supplier and manufacturer's website on the planet by now...but maybe one of you has seen or bought what I'm looking for?

Trying to find a riding jacket with armor, Gore Tex exterior for no-hassle rain riding, in "full" hi vis, meaning, the entire jacket in hi vis color. Klim seems to make some excellent jackets, clearly Aerostich does as well. Neither offers one where the entire jacket is hi vis color. I realize I'm in the minority, most people don't want that. Styling is a concern for most folks. I'm more concerned with being SEEN.

Anyone have any ideas where to find such a product? Thanks to all for the help!
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post #2 of 12 Old Jan 19th, 2019, 9:47 am
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Re: Hi Vis Gore Tex Jacket?

Where did you get the idea Aerostitch doesn't come in all Hi-Viz? You can select a high vis jacket with hi-viz ballistics, follow link to see:

Roadcrafter Jacket

Personally, I stopped wearing Aerostitch products due to poor fit for my body type, they seem to fit most people pretty well.



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Not holding out much hope for this, seems I've checked every available supplier and manufacturer's website on the planet by now...but maybe one of you has seen or bought what I'm looking for?

Trying to find a riding jacket with armor, Gore Tex exterior for no-hassle rain riding, in "full" hi vis, meaning, the entire jacket in hi vis color. Klim seems to make some excellent jackets, clearly Aerostich does as well. Neither offers one where the entire jacket is hi vis color. I realize I'm in the minority, most people don't want that. Styling is a concern for most folks. I'm more concerned with being SEEN.

Anyone have any ideas where to find such a product? Thanks to all for the help!

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Re: Hi Vis Gore Tex Jacket?

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Where did you get the idea Aerostitch doesn't come in all Hi-Viz? You can select a high vis jacket with hi-viz ballistics, follow link to see:

Roadcrafter Jacket

Personally, I stopped wearing Aerostitch products due to poor fit for my body type, they seem to fit most people pretty well.
Hello there! I've heard that about the 'stich fit from others as well. Still may try them to see. The only other issue I have with Aerostich is, to me that's "yellow" rather than "hi vis". The hi vis I'm looking for is the kind that is so bright, it's almost painful to look at in the sunlight. Most often seen on rain gear. Maybe the yellow 'stich is enough to catch the eye of a cager, just trying to go as bright as possible for maximum effect.

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Re: Hi Vis Gore Tex Jacket?

The Aerostich Darien jacket is nearly 100% yellow (as you note) except for the inside of the collar, the belt, pocket flaps, and a forearm pocket. The yellow is plenty bright. If you're looking for the greener hi-viz similar to most safety vests, Aerostich tried a similar greener color a decade ago, but found it faded quickly. To their credit, they recalled and replaced a lot of garnents. The current yellow may seem less aggressive but has proven more durable. I've had a yellow Darien for a year and a yellow messenger bag for about 10, and there is almost no perceptible fading on my messenger bag compared to the new Darien It does really show road grime though.
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Re: Hi Vis Gore Tex Jacket?

I don't know about full Hi Vis but I love the stuff coming out of Olympia Motosports. They use the ultra-bright 3M Hi Vis but cover partial body and side. I think not only do they look decent but having a 'busy' design rather than straight all Hi Vis could have value. Here's a 3-season version I own and I have one of their 4-season all weather designs as well. I took the vented 3-season up into the west side of the Canadian Rockies last summer and did fine in the 30 minute downpour we had in Banff just putting the waterproof shell on the outside while it rained. For colder weather I would have taken the 4-season model.
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Re: Hi Vis Gore Tex Jacket?

I can't say I've done a scientific study but average sized people seem to fit Aerostitch products well, I'm very long in the torso but not (any more) a fattie. When I got a jacket that fit across my shoulders and was the right length I think I could have fit a slender woman inside the torso of the jacket with me. The neck opening was so big I couldn't get a seal without two turtlenecks and a scarf under the jacket. And that was when I wore a 18.5" neck in my dress shirts. That was when I weighed 280 - 300, these days I'm under 230 and the Aerostitch fit so poorly I tossed it. When I spoke to Aerostich their attitude was "we're right, you're weird". This in spite of a closet full of other riding and off bike clothes that fit fine.

As to what constitutes hi-vis, I guess that is up to the individual. Personally, I've always gone back to an article I read years ago about the motorcycle riding EMTs in London. Each bike had a two meter poll with a flashing red light on top at each end and a very loud (something like 120 dB) siren. The guy they interviewed said he'd been hit twice with his lights and siren on, both drivers said they didn't see or hear him. Based on that I've never been into loud pipes or clothes, I put my hopes in being 100% on top of the situation when I'm in traffic, but YMMV. Funny thing, when I ride my peddle bikes I tend toward hi-vis clothes, I guess I feel more vulnerable without the ability to zip out of a bad situation with the throttle.


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Hello there! I've heard that about the 'stich fit from others as well. Still may try them to see. The only other issue I have with Aerostich is, to me that's "yellow" rather than "hi vis". The hi vis I'm looking for is the kind that is so bright, it's almost painful to look at in the sunlight. Most often seen on rain gear. Maybe the yellow 'stich is enough to catch the eye of a cager, just trying to go as bright as possible for maximum effect.

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Re: Hi Vis Gore Tex Jacket?

First Gear makes Hi-Viz jackets that are more than 90% hi viz. Other than Aerostitch full suits I have not seen any piece that is 100% Hi-viz. They all have some contrasting color on them somewhere....
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Re: Hi Vis Gore Tex Jacket?

The one that NorlCP is showing will not cause visibility problems with your gps, if you hav one. I have a full hi viz jacket and it does make glare that it is hard to see the gps, unless it is a cloudy day.

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Check out the Olympia Richmond Hi Vis Jacket.... Looks awesome to me and good quality.

https://olympiamotosports.com/en-US/...-s-neon-yellow

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Re: Hi Vis Gore Tex Jacket?

My understanding is that you really want a contrast of colors to enhance visibility. Mono colored bike with rider and helmet are not a visible as each having a different color. I also question the real value in the hi viz. If they don’t see you without it, I wonder if they will see you with it on. You DO have loud pipes too don’t you? =-}

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I also question the real value in the hi viz. If they don’t see you without it, I wonder if they will see you with it on.
That sentence is a little long for your epitaph. When we are more vulnerable in an accident, it doesn't matter about "should have seen me" etc, we are the ones being taken away in a box. Do everything you can to be noticed, you know how blind some drivers are so it needs more, rather than fewer visibility aids.

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Yes, I ride as though I am invisible and am responsible for my own safety.

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