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Reflective Vests

The Air Force requires me to have, I think, 24 square inches of reflective surface on me when I ride at night or in darker light levels. Unfortunately sometimes when I go into work it falls into that darker level.
I have been getting by with a "running" belt, but have been harassed lately because its been put on the not-authorized list.

I am not a fan of reflective vests or bright colors. I like my Darth Vader style look.

Looking for something quick and easy to put on over riding jacket, not bright colored. I have seen a mesh one with 2" wide white stripes on front and back, with elastic on sides, but didn't talk to the guy to find out where he got it. Been to local store and all their stuff was ugly or a PITA to use.

This is mostly for commuting to work, not weekend rides or triple crowns.

If anyone knows where to buy something like I mentioned or has a decent recommendation please let me know!
If I don't find anything I will have to buy reflective tape and Safety Pin it to my riding jacket

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All the bases in Hawaii require riders wear some form of reflective vest or they will not allow access to the base. ICON has a vest that's very popular in Hawaii. I personally wear what the Army refers to as a Roadguard vest over my jacket. Its orange with the reflective materiel. Just a bit of advice/caution, wear what they require especially to and from work. If something were to happen, I'd hate for the Air Force to deny medical coverage because you were not following the rules.
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I think this is what you might be looking for.
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All the bases in Hawaii require riders wear some form of reflective vest or they will not allow access to the base. ICON has a vest that's very popular in Hawaii. I personally wear what the Army refers to as a Roadguard vest over my jacket. Its orange with the reflective materiel. Just a bit of advice/caution, wear what they require especially to and from work. If something were to happen, I'd hate for the Air Force to deny medical coverage because you were not following the rules.
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Yo, Army brand makes a jacket that has the reflective material you can expose to be in regulation, but also store when your out on a weekend ride.

The matrial roles up into a pocket for storage, and when out stick to velcro to stay secure.

Yeah, this solution requires you to buy a jacket, but it pretty cool. I checked them out at the dealer and their styling is neet if your into the sporty look.

Good luck and thanks for serving!

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big plusses to the icon vest.... but i use a "pearl izumi" bicycle vest, that is bright lime colored, as it wads up in a pocket really easy. it isnt reflective, but it was bright enough that the mp's wouldnt pull me over on the way off post in the evening.

and btw, a soldier from ft huachuca recently laid down her bike in tucson off duty and they appearantly denied coverage of the broken ankle bones due to no ankle coverage....

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I always RIDE with full riding gear, including full face helmet, so not worried about Line of Duty Determination.

In the picture AndrewA posted, the guy in blue jeans has a small green/reflective sash thing across him. Thats what I currently have. It has since been deemed not sufficient so I have to get something in addition.

During hours of darkness the reflective is required for us, hours of daylight we are required to wear something that is "contrasting to the environment" which our base commander has approved BLACK gear. Our Green Camo's arent contrasting to the Desert we live in (go figure), and while I wear my work boots and pants, I still wear my black jacket.

I tried someones ICON vest and I didnt like the way it fit, I remember it being a hassle to get on/off...

For those that know the requirements. I am not trying to do something I shouldn't, just trying to get something that fulfills and isnt a PITA/Bulky/Etc.. I like how fast and storeable the reflective running strap is, but have been harassed because its no longer approved.
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i know what you mean... i got into it with the contractors that control access to ft huachuca while i worked up there because i wastold reflective was required so i bought a black/grey jacket with sort of stealth reflectiveall over the back and shoulders. then they got all rediculas cuz it wasnt bright colored, which is what the reg really says.

my issue was with common sense. they acted like i was trying to "get over" or somehow avoid being safley dressed by buying a $300 riding jacket, while all i needed was the $10 reflective belt that will evidently make me loads safer.... cuz a guy with a road gard vest pt gloves and hightop canvas shoes is safe and a guy with riding apparel, armor inserts, riding boots, riding gloves, etc isnt cuz his grey jacket doesnt stand out as much as the bright red paint and super bright lights on the bike.

it defies logic.

apologies for the rant. i feel all better now.
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I think you're looking for something like this?

http://www.tradeeasy.com/p/supplier-showroom/115793/product-detail/915098-Reflective-safety-vest.html

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Easy on, easy off ... fold up and stick in a pocket / back pack / tankbag ...

... the sort og thing that construction workers / road crews wear around the world and would be available in any 'safety shop'?

Just an idea.

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Not sure if it will work for the guys serving, but what Nick suggests is what I use...The one I have folds up and stores under my seat. I didn't even think of using a hi-vis vest until I spent six months in London and saw how many riders wearing similar garments.
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I have been wearing reflective vests for many years and I always wear one. I have worn out at least 2 conspicuity vests, so this time I got a vision vest: I'm pleased with it.
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Hit enter a bit too soon. Conspicuity has lots of color: http://www.conspicuityinc.com/
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wood, thanks for the links! The second one has some nice stuff, but damn, $50!
I found this one, its blue, but looks dark enough for me. http://shop.sayreinc.com/proddet.php?IDArt=293
And only $12

Think I will be ordering that one tomorrow, if I cant find anything else by then. Dont mind spending a few $'s more if its black or nicer in another way...

Thanks for all the help guys
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I'm a civilian working on a Navy base, but we have to follow the same rules. Bright colors required during day. Reflective required after dark. I have one of these:

http://www.visionvests.com/products/vests/protour.htm

Great quality. Easy on and easy off. Looks like it will last forever. I have been using it for the past 3 years.

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Hit enter a bit too soon. Conspicuity has lots of color: http://www.conspicuityinc.com/
I have this one in black with orange strips, very visable with lights shining on it or not. I have had mine for 8 + years with out any problems, it still looks great. You can get it with black mesh and white stipes as well.
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I love my conspicuity, built like a tank. I have had for bout 7-8 years and I even jog at night with it. I should wear it more than i do though.

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If you haven`t ordered yet. My comp. asy. catalog came in today on p.49 there it is, NEW military spec. reflective vest. $11.99
#54-3604 lime or #54-3600 orange

www.competitionaccessories.com or ph. 800.533.7927

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