Craft Brilliance high-vis range launched

High visibility jackets, gilets, gloves and hats feature in new winter clothing range

by David Arthur   November 12, 2013  

Swedish clothing company Craft has launched a new high-visibility range called Brilliance including jackets, vests and accessories designed to provide 360 degree visibility, ideal for training and commuting this winter.

A recent study says reflective, not high-visibility, clothing is the answer to being seen in the hours of darkness. With this in mind, Craft’s new range aims to offer all-round reflectivity and uses a reflective material made from  85% Polyamide and 15% Elastane coated with a layer of polyurethane with embedded micro glass beads.

This material is used in this new Brilliant jacket, available for men and women, a lightweight windproof that uses the reflective panels generously on the arms, shoulders and torso. It’s touted as offering an ergonomic fit and is available in sizes from XS-XXL. There are vented panels under the arms and openings out back, with zipped pocket for keys and other valuables. It costs £85 and is available in three colours.

There is also the Brilliant Vest, offering more versatility if you want to pair it with an existing jacket. It has a large reflective panel stretching across the top of the shoulders with additional reflective details. It’s intended as a multi-purpose top, so ideal for running and cross-training as well as cycling. It’s available for men and women, in a choice of colours and sizes from XS-XXL.

These Thermal Multi Grip Gloves are made from a lightweight flexible polyester fleece material in bright yellow or white, with a silicone palm and finger details to provide plenty of grip on the bars and brake levers. There are loads of reflective details so ideal when signalling a change of direction.

The last item we’re going to highlight from this new range is the Thermal Hat. It’s a lightweight stretchy polyester fabric with reflective prints, so a good one for wearing on its own or under a helmet.

There is plenty of choice in the hi-vis cycle clothing market, as our guide showed recently.

You can see the full range at http://shareyourbrilliance.se/

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The jacket and gloves look pretty decent. I've always wondered why there isn't more reflective material on the arms of cycling jackets though. It would seem useful for low-light signalling. I suppose it tends to crack or something.

posted by Ush [389 posts]
12th November 2013 - 14:54

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Kind of cool to see a black "hi-vis" jacket. The argument that reflective panels are more important than a true hi-vis color sounds pretty solid and much more likely to be adopted by cyclists

posted by jarredscycling [445 posts]
12th November 2013 - 15:31

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Are Craft in anyway linked to the Crane that do Aldi's gear?

They seem to use similar designs and font, or is it just a case of Aldi 'jacking their swagger' to put it in the youth vernacular.

posted by farrell [1400 posts]
12th November 2013 - 15:54

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I don't know why there aren't more t-shirts and hoodies with reflective designs. Something interesting rather than the meaningless bands and flashes you usually get.

The only one I've seen is, of all things, a Satanic pentagram design, which isn't really my thing.

posted by FluffyKittenofT... [660 posts]
12th November 2013 - 16:05

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It's good to see reflective material incorporated into cycling specific garments, but come on people, use some common sense. We really need to see the back of the garment, so we can guage how visible we might be from different angles.

This is a really important issue because, as my avotar shows, rear lights don't work so well when viewed from the side, and so a rider could be utterly dependent on a garment's all round reflectivity.

Hint - how about a night time review, so we can see how some of these reflective garments stack up against each other.

"Hey..... Let's be visible out there."

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posted by Neil753 [451 posts]
12th November 2013 - 16:44

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Neil753 wrote:
It's good to see reflective material incorporated into cycling specific garments, but come on people, use some common sense. We really need to see the back of the garment, so we can guage how visible we might be from different angles.

This is a really important issue because, as my avotar shows, rear lights don't work so well when viewed from the side, and so a rider could be utterly dependent on a garment's all round reflectivity.

Hint - how about a night time review, so we can see how some of these reflective garments stack up against each other.

Craft didn't supply any photos of the back of the garments. We are however getting some in to test and we'll photograph them from many different angles, so you can see how it looks

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posted by David Arthur [1487 posts]
12th November 2013 - 16:52

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David Arthur wrote:
Neil753 wrote:
It's good to see reflective material incorporated into cycling specific garments, but come on people, use some common sense. We really need to see the back of the garment, so we can guage how visible we might be from different angles.

This is a really important issue because, as my avotar shows, rear lights don't work so well when viewed from the side, and so a rider could be utterly dependent on a garment's all round reflectivity.

Hint - how about a night time review, so we can see how some of these reflective garments stack up against each other.

Craft didn't supply any photos of the back of the garments. We are however getting some in to test and we'll photograph them from many different angles, so you can see how it looks


Cheers for that, David, I'll look forward to that. I appreciate that you are dependent on the pics you get sent. But if you guys start doing reviews of this stuff then manufacturers will be keen not to be "outshone" by rivals (scuse the pun).

"Hey..... Let's be visible out there."

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posted by Neil753 [451 posts]
12th November 2013 - 17:03

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I guess these are better than jackets with some tiny piping or a reflective logo, but many reflective elements on jackets fall above the area lit by dipped headlights anyway. Anything that is just on the top of the shoulders in particular. The style police will rage, but reflectives on shoes/overshoes, or the simple snap ankle band bouncing up and down right in the headlight beam do a much better job IMHO....

posted by 3cylinder [61 posts]
12th November 2013 - 17:38

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And they launch these in November? I recently bought a new Altura Night Vision Evo (which is black and reflective, too). Craft gear is usually pretty good. I don't wish I'd waited, but this would have been another option.

posted by DrJDog [107 posts]
12th November 2013 - 19:08

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Those gloves look like marigolds - absolutely horrible.

posted by paulfg42 [374 posts]
12th November 2013 - 23:48

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farrell wrote:
Are Craft in anyway linked to the Crane that do Aldi's gear?

They seem to use similar designs and font, or is it just a case of Aldi 'jacking their swagger' to put it in the youth vernacular.

Jacked swagger Nerd

posted by toetruck [15 posts]
13th November 2013 - 21:36

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