Join Date: May 2007
Location: Medford, NJ, USA
Re: To wear Hi-Viz or not to wear Hi Viz!
The following is cut and pasted from my posting June 2007 on the MOA Reader's Forum; I still feel the AST is the way to go. The AST without the liner jacket is superior to the Airglide in a hard rain in the summer; unless you live in a northern tier state you will be way too hot in the Airglide in a summer rain, since you have to wear the underjacket to keep you dry inside the outer mesh jacket. However, the mesh Airglide without its liner jacket is much cooler in summer (non-rain) conditions than the AST (when worn without its liner jacket and all vents open). I wear the AST as long as I can into late spring (NJ), then I switch to the Airglide when it gets above 85F.
I am probably, other than the Olympia management and staff, one of the few riders who owns both the Airglide and AST jackets, his'n hers, each.
Both are excellent, although my wife feels self-conscious in the iridescent green AST jacket (tough).
IMHO the green AST is a superior jacket for visibility in low light (dusk, fog) conditions, and is easier to convert to rain mode (don't have to take it off to put something hot and waterproof under it; the outer jacket is the rain barrier). I wear mine with the Ranger pants. The AST is not a good choice in humid conditions above 85 - 90 F, though. However, earlier this spring it saved me while walking across a gas station apron to go inside - without the hi-viz jacket, I would have become a hood ornament on a 15 mph Corvette that nailed his brakes when he saw the jacket.
The Airglide relies on a waterproof (yes, it really is) under jacket/pants, as it is mesh, and therefore superior in humid weather above 85 - 90 F. With the underjacket and pants it's good down to 30 F at 75 mph, and at 65 years young, I'm farly cold-blooded. I got the AST jackets because at 30 F the Airglide noticelably leaks cold air a little at the bottom rear, where it joins the pants. Had I bought the bushwacker with a skirted bottom like the female Airglide, I wouldn't have had to buy the AST, however I like the hi-viz aspect of the AST. 04/2008: Since this original posting I had a close encounter with an SUV in a gas station; we both pulled away at the same time, and they nailed the brakes when the iridescent green caught their eye. My bad.