£45 may seem a lot for a reflective waistcoat/vest type affair, but there are a few ways in which the Vesp from New York designers Vespertine differs from the average.
First off, it packs down into its own integral pouch to less than the size (and weight) of a pair of gloves, making it super easy to pop into a pocket and therefore usefully available, rather than never where you need it to be when you need it.
Second, it's well made and uses high quality materials - 100% recycled/recyclable Eco-circle polyester, making it that little bit more environmentally friendly and the reflective tape is top notch 3M Scotchlite so it'll last well and do what it's supposed to.
It comes in a variety of colours, some higher viz than others (not sure how genuinely visible the metallic ones would be in low light, but they do look very cool!) and it's nice to have a choice of traditional yellow, but also pink and orange.
Finally, it's designed with a woman's shape in mind, yet still has plenty of scope for layering up underneath AND there's no Velcro involved in the process so it'll not eat precious jerseys or merino tops, or that favourite fuzzy scarf.
Light, well made and incredibly portable. If you like the option of a hi viz over vest this is £45 well spent.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Vespertine Vespertine Vesp Reflective Mini-Waistcoat
Size tested: n/a
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?
Aimed at style and safety conscious female riders.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
100% Eco-circle recycled/recyclable polyester
3M Scotchlite tape
Packs into its own integral pouch
Very well made and uses high quality materials.
Incredibly light and super visible.
Very tough apart from the slightly finer straps that do up at the front.
So light there's no reason NOT to pack it.
Light enough that you don't really know you're wearing it.
Very well made and high quality materials mean it's not at all bad value for the money.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well indeed.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Quality, choice of colours, weight.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Definitely.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Incredibly light and super super visible. A sound £45 spent on hi viz.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,