Hi Viz really gets your attention
[QUOTE=Polarbear;405600]I am indeed 56 and riding with my new Bright Olympia Jacket is something new to me, as I have ridden with traditional black everything over the years. I feel safer with the new color scheme, but also know riding for 40+ years, motorists are never to be trusted and we never can forget it. I'm on the leading edge of senior'ism at 56, I guess and the new high viz jacket purchase for me was a moment of knowing I'm older, wanting to be seen more and just "perhaps" I don't have the same youthful reflexes anymore. Any edge is a positive thing. I still ride faster than ever too and have much need to keep on doing it, on and off road into my 70's,80's plus:). Happy Trails, Randy:thumb :usa[/QUOTE]
Today, I caught site of his hi-viz jacket before I could see the headlight of his bike -- a BMW GS rider rounded a curve and I noticed him immediately -- the jacket was distinctly contrasted from the background. It made an impression on me.
A follow up, high viz road trip:)
This past week, I rode the GSA1200 to Big Bend NP.,Texas, N.Mexico and Arizona. In Tucson as I type, heading home to N.California soon. 2400 miles of High Viz jacket, breakin riding:). Its been great and COLD out there in the SW. The "teens" were common overnight and early mornings, everyday. Mid morning brought better temps, however into the 40s and 50,s for highs. The Olympia High Viz Jacket has performed very well, without issues and I have worn my electric vest a lot too, but never cold, riding these winter days in the south Horn of Texas, etc...Its been a really good choice for a new jacket. Many comments from all folks out there on the road, including cage drivers. I've seen a few other BMW riders on this trip with the High Viz jacket on, but only a few as winter keeps many home, I suspect.
My summary of my new jacket, which I have found exceptional; AST Jacket PROS: Color equals "great" in High Viz yellow, zippers are all watertight, rubber type closures over them, vents are very well placed, but not used on this winter trip, fit is perfect at 2X for me(6' and 240lbs.). Liner is first rate and a fashion wear, without overcoat. I wear the liner separate from the overcoat and do not attach the two when worn together. I like this a lot. The jacket still slips easily over the inner liner, without the attachment points used:). The jacket/liner is good for me to the mid 40's coolness and then the electric vest goes on. The fit is right on, even with wearing the heated vest. An adjustable waist belt, built in the outer jacket. SOME CONS; Two immediately pop up in mind. The neck area is never a closure thing for me(all m/c coats), as the necks are too tightly designed. I wear a wind triangle from Aerostitch and it does nicely. The cuffs on the jacket have pull tabs over the velcro, that get in the way of gloves going on. I wear the gauntlet types for winter riding and the tabs hang up on the gauntlets. Very minor issue, but there. Summer gloves and the tabs are no problem. The jacket tabs over the wrists are for pulling the velcro apart(useful indeed), when taking the jacket off. Such minor things for a great jacket I like a lot.
Anyhow, a 3000+ winter trip concluded, with the new "Olympia AST"/GSA1200 and a huge plus added to my gear closet. My previous Kilimanjaro by First Gear was exceptional and I rode it a very long ways. It still hangs with my other gear and a very well earned retirement for it. The new AST has the same, even better qualities:)....Randy