Vizavee Reflective Union Jack Vest  £19.99

7/10

Simple but extremely effective visibility aid

Weight 136g   Contact  www.retro-reflectives.com

by Shaun Audane   August 4, 2012  

Vizavee Reflective Union Jack Vest

Techno-freaks won't get excited about the Vizavee retro-reflective Union Jack vest - it's essentially a very thin polyester waistcoat dressed in heat-transferred Scotchlite strips with Velcro closures.

While I missed refinements such as mesh pockets for keys, the medium was bang-on size-wise, weighed next to nothing and folded small enough to fit in bigger wedge packs.

Speaking of sizing, it's available in two; medium as tested and large, with a couple of pounds' difference in price. Now, I've a forty-one inch chest, thirty-two waist and found the medium agreed with my cycling specific wardrobe but the bigger would be better for those commuting in street garb or on mopeds.

The classic road-worker orange burns like a very bright beacon through early mornings and late evenings when its just that bit too light for lights but you need to remain conspicuous.

Whatever your feelings about the Union Jack, it's hard to think of a more effective pattern. Covering a huge surface area ours nailed driver attention at three hundred yards (assuming you're not wearing a rucksack) along suburban/rural stretches, dropping to around 180 through town.

Rain sees the vest saturated in a matter of minutes - fine if we're talking sharp showers since it dries just as quickly but an unexpected, sustained downpour might make you a little chilly.

Verdict

Simple but extremely effective visibility aid.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Vizavee Reflective Union Jack Vest

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

"Vizavee 'Union Jack' style Orange fluoro and reflective safety vest. Perfect for cycling from the Queen's Jubilee party to the London Olympics (you'd be cycling fairly slowly as they're a few weeks apart). Size L £19.99. Fly the Fluoro Flag!"

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Polyester waistcoat, heat transferred Scotchlite strips.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

No obvious weak-spots over the test period.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

No obvious weaknesses.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Overall, I've been pleasantly surprised by the garment. It packs small enough to fit inside most bike luggage, the dayglo brings welcome presence during overcast conditions while those strips work to maximum effect when graced by vehicle head lamps. But there's little protection from the elements,which could invite a chill.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Extremely effective design that packs very small.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

A little spartan perhaps-a mesh pocket for keys and similar overspill would be welcomed.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

 

3 user comments

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Get that Wiggo Mod night time look.

solentine

posted by solentine [95 posts]
5th August 2012 - 14:23

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What's the price again?! Isn't someone a bit crazy here?

blog rowerowy - my blog about bicycles (written in Polish, but feel free to visit me! Smile )

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posted by mikroos [197 posts]
5th August 2012 - 20:57

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This is a stupid looking fluo vest of the sort usually given away free by safety campaigners.

It is being sold for 17.4% of the price of a Rapha gilet.

Plain Face

posted by BigDummy [298 posts]
6th August 2012 - 11:56

9 Likes

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