Yesterday I was riding along Bloor when I came up behind a rider wearing a bright yellow jacket. It turns out it was one of the new Proviz Reflect 360 CRS jackets, a new version of my jacket, with the “CRS” indicating that it was a bright colour during the day, while still being retroreflective at night. In comparison, my jacket is a dull grey.
I had heard about this new model since I got an email from the vendor offering at an introductory price about six months ago. I didn’t go for it since:
- my jacket was still going strong
- a little correspondence with the vendor revealed that it is less breathable than my Reflect 360+, while still being a little better than the older 360 model.
The rider said that he had the jacket for a couple of months, and he pointed me to this video that shows that the CRS is a bit less reflective than mine. Still, the daytime visibility was definitely a nice feature.
My jacket is a little over a year old. I’ve worn it quite a bit, and it is holding up well. The only place where the reflective coating has worn off is in the center of the collar.
This might have something to do with the fact that I’m not very careful when I hang up the jacket. If you always use the loop on the inside of the collar, you might avoid this issue.
The jacket still attracts a lot of attention. More than once in the dead of night, I’ve had drivers slow down, roll down their windows, and ask about the jacket!
I see from the website that the vendor appears to be clearing out the 360+ model in favour of the CRS model.
Might be a good time to pick one up.