Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest

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Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest
Nashbar has put together a high-visibility vest to keep you protected while cycling in low light conditions.
  • It features lots of reflective taping to keep any cyclist visible to traffic and pedestrians
  • The hook and loop closures make it adjustable, comfortable and easy to fit over a jacket or jersey
  • With an array of sizes you can outfit the entire family for safer rides at sunset
Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest
  • FABRIC Hi-Vis
  • WEATHERPROOF No
  • POCKETS None
  • Rating 4

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Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest
 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (7)
  • Durable (4)
  • Breathable (3)
  • Good protection (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Sizing:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      75% 

      (6 reviews)

      Feels too large

       
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual do-it-yourselfer (5), Avid do-it-yourselfer (4)

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5.0

Be Seen and Not Hit

By Newsboy

from Austin, Tx

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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Pros

  • Visible

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Biking Walking Running

    Comments about Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest:

    Great gift for people you'd like to keep.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    Be seen

    By LDG

    from New York, NY

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest:

        Ideal for wearing over whatever if you wish to be seen. Feel free to pop this on over what you're wearing for biking and feel comforted that you will be seen in the dark from a distance.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        3.0

        Needs more velcro closure tabs to prevent loosening on rides

        By Nightrider

        from Yukon

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Lots Of Reflective Bands

        Cons

        • Bad Velcro Closures
        • Hi Visibility Fades
        • Hot

        Best Uses

        • City Commuting
        • Construction
        • Outdoor Work

        Comments about Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest:

        Received as a gift. I would not recommend to a friend because of the velcro closure tabs loosen in the wind even when pressed tightly together and properly fitted. After a few years the upper back high visibility colours begin to fade from sun exposure. Best use for night riding.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        4.0

        Don't run me over, Bro.

        By Sam from Maine

        from Maine

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Hi-viz

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest:

            I ride with this mostly on casual cruises with my kid on the bike, and also for commuting along a busy road with stretches of high speed cars and busy intersections. It's not for the hottest of days, but it's great to put over regular clothes. Doesn't flap around, I've worn it on motorbikes to. Can't be missed wearing it, and in my experience people pass wider when I'm wearing it on my bike. I'm 6' tall, 200lbs and a Large fits me perfectly with just enough room to comfortably add a sweatshirt if I want.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Better for Construction than Cycling!

            By Boston Cyclist

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

            Pros

            • Large Reflective Area

            Cons

            • Hot
            • Limited Size Adjustment
            • Not Designed For Cycling

            Best Uses

            • Construction

            Comments about Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest:

            This is not a cycling vest! It is a standard reflective vest for construction workers. Among cyclists, it would only be useful in colder weather, when riding in an upright position, and worn over a coat.

            It has very limited size adjustability around the chest and waist - from large to larger. It will flap in the breeze when used over normal cycling clothes (i.e. fitted jerseys and jackets). There is no way to "cinch it" around yourself without creating "flaps" in the front that catch the wind (look at the guy in photo). Very poor design for cycling. Further, it is not a breathable mesh, so it is like adding another layer of warmth. You could never wear this in warm weather. If this were designed for cyclists, the reflective stripes would be lower on the back, so they could be more visible when crouched in the drops.

            SUMMARY: This would be useful for winter commuters who ride in an upright position and wear street clothes. They could wear it over a winter jacket. And it would serve as an extra layer of warmth. This is NOT for use with drop-bar bikes and fitted bike clothes. And not for use in warm weather. It's clearly a vest originally designed for construction workers who are standing, rather than crouching over drop handlebars.

            NOTE: I am 5' 7" male, 180 lbs, and broad-chested and the size medium would have been large enough to wear over a winter jacket. It could not have been closed tight enough to wear over normal cycling clothes without flapping in the wind. I don't think the size small would have been any better, given the design of the vest. It would work fine for upright commuters in fall/winter street clothes, but it is not good for dropbar cyclists.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels too large
            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            4.0

            On the larger side for Women

            By BC

            from Boston MA

            About Me Beginner

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            Pros

            • Comfortable

            Cons

            • Medium Is Rrather Large

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest:

              It works just fine, but is on the larger side for women. I try to wear it over my backpack while commuting to make it work.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              2.0

              Nashbar safety vest

              By avid cyclist

              from Pismo Beach, CA

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Comments about Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest:

              bought a medium and I swam in it...returned it and did not reorder - not sure what size would be correct for a med woman or med man...dissappointed it fit like an xxl- it had good reflective capabilities. recommend it if you could figure out the size

              • Sizing:
              • Feels too large
              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              I can be seen from space with this thing

              By rose

              from Washington, DC

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest:

              Nice but I had to add new velcro to make it fit tightly to me. Even with a size small (I'm 155 and 6ft) I felt like the thing was made for someone 1.5x my size. With the new velcro it worked well.

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              4.0

              Very reflective vest

              By kathy m

              from Boston suburb, MA

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Breathable
              • Comfortable
              • Complete Coverage
              • Durable
              • Good Protection

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest:

                  The sizes are right for men, but women... Large fit my size 12-14 daughter in hips & bust, too small for me. But the visibility is great. I always appreciate being able to see a bike rider on the road at dusk or dark. Bright for daytime use too. Good inexpensive choice!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  good for the monet

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                  By fred

                  from traverse city, michigan

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Complete Coverage
                  • Good Protection

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Bicking

                  Comments about Nashbar High-Visibility Safety Vest:

                  easey to see

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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