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    Polarbear Polarbear's Avatar
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    New High Viz Jacket:)

    By Olympia, sold at my BMW Dealer. I just got one shipped to me and its enroute. The AST Olympia is has gotten rave reviews by many, so thought it would do me well too. We'll see. My first "High Viz" anything and I will look like a canary riding down the road, but I liked the idea, so here goes! I've been wearing a similar Kilimanjaro(First Gear) for years and years and its been a great ride with it, but time to change and the new Olympia looks very very well done to me, with all the characteristics my Kilimanjaro had and more. Anybody else ride HIGH VIZ stuff to be seen? I will now and at 56, I need to be seen and want to ride into my senior years as long as possible. Randy

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    Hi, when I was at the Very Boring Rally II, I purchased a Darien in Hi Viz.

    My kids are mercilous in their teasing of me............Regards, Rod.
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    First, Polarbear ÔÇô Clovis, CA; howÔÇÖd those two things combine? Just curious. My wife has the Olympia Hi Viz. She loves it. We rode through 11 days out of 14 in heavy rain last ÔÇ£summerÔÇØ on a trip to MT and she had nary the leak.
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    Thumbs up

    I have the AST hi-viz and have been in several heavy rains with it and never got wet. I have not had any issues with the zippers or seals.
    Being in TX. with the heat I have found that opening the zippers on the arms makes me feel hotter so I just leave them closed and keep open the chest and back which seems to have adequate air flow when moving. When stopped well.. Put a fork in me as I am done.

    Also, Be prepared for people to look at you and tell you that they can see you or to turn that thing off.

    Good luck with it.
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    Great Decision

    I own both an Airglide and an AST from Olympia in the HiVis and am very satidfied with my purchase. Their products are a very good value and I really felt like I did my homework when comparing vendors with regard to style, construction and price.

    Here in Chicago during the summer, it was common for bees and hornets to migrate toward the color, as they might have been thinking flowers. Happened numersous times. But what I really have noticed is how the cages in front of me move over to the right as though I am some sort of LEO. Seriously! White helmet and Piaa 910's always on with the bike's regular headlamp and it is like magic the way cars move right. I will not however, let this get my guard down and think HIVIS is the answer to protecting myself. Defensive driving and awareness of the area travelled is my key. Ride safe.
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    I've been using the AST off/on for about 20 months and been quite happy with it. There is one thing to look out for w/ the AST, make sure the slide buckles are loose otherwise you may get a bit of water coming through. Temperature wise, I use a fleece vest when it hits the 40's, the liner in the mid 30s, 70+ I go mesh. On the comfort front, mine was broke in after about 20-30 hours.

    On the visibility front, my wife and some friends seen me on her way home from work over a mile away in traffic. Then again I still get the occasional cage that likes to lane share w/o asking 1st in traffic Then I use the electric air horn It occasionally gets ignored too

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    I just bought a new Kilimanjaro left over from last year's stock for $150. It's yellow, but not quite Hi-viz, yet more so than the black leather I was wearing.

    1 week. So far, so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    By Olympia, sold at my BMW Dealer. I just got one shipped to me and its enroute. The AST Olympia is has gotten rave reviews by many, so thought it would do me well too. We'll see. My first "High Viz" anything and I will look like a canary riding down the road, but I liked the idea, so here goes! I've been wearing a similar Kilimanjaro(First Gear) for years and years and its been a great ride with it, but time to change and the new Olympia looks very very well done to me, with all the characteristics my Kilimanjaro had and more. Anybody else ride HIGH VIZ stuff to be seen? I will now and at 56, I need to be seen and want to ride into my senior years as long as possible. Randy
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    I've had an Olympia AST Hi-Viz for over a year. Quality of construction is outstanding, visibility in sunlight is painful. I know - two of my co-workers have the same jacket - and I prefer to lead so I don't have to look at them! BTW, I wear a bright yellow hard hat as well.

    Re 56 and senior: you're as old as you choose to be. I've got 9 years on you, and I ride safer (and over a distance, faster) than I did 40 years ago. And I savor the riding experience more than ever.

    Buy the jacket, be a geek, you won't regret it.

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    I personaly can't stand Hi-Viz, but does anyone know of something available in a nice bug-splatter green?

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    Re 56 and senior?

    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    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
    Ditto exactly !!!
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    Hi Viz really gets your attention

    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    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
    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.
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    I just received my new hi-viz Darian yesterday. Slapped on along with all my other goodies and hit the road to see how many people I could blind. I must say, while I'm sure some of the people were looking at me as if I was crazy being out on the road on a bike yesterday, I did honestly see someone in a minivan actually pretend to shield his eyes as I went past him. I think he must be a motorbike rider who is aware of the talk about how bright the jackets are when they are new. I really don't think a non-rider would act in this manner. My only question to all of you is just how long will it take to get this think broke in? It almost stands up in the corner by itself!

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    jlelandcook Welcome !!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlelandcook View Post
    Mike,
    I'm a com. tech. with AT&T; originally SWBT. I've worked in OK my whole career 34 years. Enjoyed most of it. They will have to kill me and haul me away from the job I have now. Great boss and enjoy the work.

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    Good for you . I hated the micro-manage at the end. I like the work now , been fired 3 times and once the boss decides I have been right he tells me not to go.
    Nice to know you don't HAVE to go to work.

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