For those who wear bright safety vests: Do you buy from sports and outdoors retailers, or do you get them from industrial safety suppliers?
Once upon a time, I wore reflective vests that are mostly marketed to runners. They’re typically a very lightweight mesh material with thin reflective strips, like this Nathan’s cross training vest shown here.
They’re probably great for runners, but these flimsy vests never seemed to stand up to the rigors of my everyday, all weather bike commute.
In the Bay Area, I often see cyclists wearing the safety vests used by construction workers. The reflective area is much larger, and these vests seem more durable. They’re also much less expensive — the vests marketed to the athletic market start at about $10 for the lighter, flimsy vests up to $30 for heavier, more durable vests. A mesh vest from an industrial supply company is only $3.15 (plus shipping). A vest with huge retro-reflective strips is only $10.
If you wear reflective vests, which have you tried? What can you recommend?