Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reflective Vest!

I am perhaps in the market for a new Hi-Vis Night Reflective vest. I want my new one to a) possibly display my slogan, b) have three or more reflective strips on the back as well as the front.

My original one of these vest I have is the one I bought one from REI, which I don't like anymore. It is shorter in the front and longer in the back - somehow doesn't feel right.

After the REI vest, I bought one from Harbor Freight for about $5. I love this vest. It doesn't look too geeky and keeps me visible, day and night. I also painted my favorite slogan on the back of it, viz., "Infinity Miles Per Gallon". I used the symbol for 1/0 instead of writing it out in words as I have done in this post. This vest has grown old and I am not 100% sure it has all of its original reflectivity.

Here are some that are available at REI. One of these might work, if it had the "right" amount of reflective strips on the back as well as the front and importantly not cost an arm and leg! All the ones I have pictured here do not have three or more reflective strips on the back.

The last one I have is one I bought from Walmart. It works pretty well, but it gives the feeling of wearing a over-starched military uniform. Too stiff!

So, to cut to the chase, I am considering buying a new vest. I want to add more reflective strips to the new vest than the default configuration.

In addition, I want to make my own reflective arm and ankle bands. This might require some thinking and might involve some trial and error, but given I haven't seen any commercial product that rocked my world, I am willing to put in the effort to make something I would like.

What do ya think? What do y'all use for reflective bands/vests?

Peace :)

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