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Cheap Hi-Vis Jacket For Riding

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Starter Hi-Vis Jacket

I’m in this weird place with my cycling gear. Part of me wants to remain anti-spandex/synthetic and wear just my everyday clothes when I ride. I don’t want to be one of those guys in the ‘kit’, screaming to others, “I’m a cyclist.” However, everyday street clothes are pretty uncomfortable for riding anything more than a few miles. Plus, given how your body changes it’s core temperature while riding, and sweat kicks in, street clothes aren’t very practical.

I’ve looked into the cool cycling gear that looks like street clothes and I’m highly interested. I love the styles and the usefulness, bringing cyclist-friendly cuts and fabrics into a look that I can appreciate. Unfortunately, that stuff is really expensive for a guy on my limited budget.

Visibility is another issue. When I ride around town, I want drivers to see me, so I’ve been seeking clothes with some brighter colors or reflective accents. There are some great options at my local bike shops, designed for cyclist – still very expensive.

I like when I run across alternate options that are within budget. I found this Starter brand running jacket at Walmart for $12. It may not be cut for a cyclist, but properly layered, it will deflect cold, wind and light rain well enough to get through winter. The high-vis yellow on top (although I wish it were lower) is a bonus.

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Written by dickdavid

October 16, 2013 at 8:14 am

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  1. Another place to look for inexpensive cycling clothing is eBay.

    I got a used Cannondale MTB cycling jacket on eBay for about the same price as your Wallyworld item and it’s still going strong after nearly five years of daily use. It may not be high vis but I guess I could always use cheesy reflective tape if I wanted to get obsessive about the subject. As it is, I often wear it even when I’m not actually ON the bike and reflective tape would look doubly cheesy while grocery shopping.

    Steve A

    October 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    • That’s a great point about the reflective tape. I’m taking it off my to-do list.

      dickdavid

      October 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      • Get tape if you wish, but remember that it will work as well for reflecting when stuck on the bike or a helmet as on clothing – without imposing itself when you are off the bike. One exception – gloves.

        Steve A

        October 16, 2013 at 7:39 pm

  2. I have often found that running gear is usually made of similar material, offers a better fitting for those of us not built like a whippet and can be found at a fraction of the cost even for name brand, especially when you start comparing a moisture wicking running shirt ($20+) vs. a cycling jersey ($80+).

    Rob

    October 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm


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