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Proviz announces their new Reflect360 CRS reflective cycling jackets – now in color!

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Proviz Reflect360+ jacket, lit up

In the pursuit of making bicycle commuting safer we’ve seen bike lights that shine in several directions, helmets and backpacks with built-in LED’s, and even devices that illuminate your bike’s rims but one product that really shined in our eyes was Proviz’s Reflect360 jacket.

Bikerumor first tested the original Reflect360 jacket back in 2014, and we were immediately impressed by the excellent all-around visibility it provides, even in semi-lit dawn/dusk conditions. The jacket has since seen a few revisions and was even updated with the perforated Reflect360+ that we also reviewed, but the most noticeable update has just been announced – the Reflect360 CRS is now available in several different colors, all which reflect light just as well as the earlier silvery grey models.

The company’s latest campaign on Kickstarter was fully funded in just six hours, and there’s still plenty of time to buy one of these clever dull-by-day, bright-by-night jackets…

Proviz Reflect360+ jacket, color options

The CRS part of the jacket’s new name stands for Color Reflective System, and the creators claim it’s the world’s first all-color 100% reflective cycling jacket. After many requests from Proviz’s existing customers, the newest version of the Reflect360 jacket is available in blue, green, red, yellow or black.

Proviz Reflect360+ jacket, reflection graphic

So how does it work? The jacket’s shell is made from a special material that is embedded with millions of tiny glass beads. By day the fabric appears pretty much normal, but when light shines on the glass beads it reflects back in brilliant white (regardless of the fabric color you choose). Our previous tests found the jacket’s reflectivity to be impressively strong and highly effective at reflecting direct and indirect light sources. Proviz’s reflective material won’t last forever, but does have a life span of up to 20 wash cycles.

The Reflect360 CRS is constructed from a waterproof shell material with seam-sealed construction and storm zippers to keep the elements out. The waist has a drawstring and the cuffs have Velcro adjusters to cinch the jacket down tight when nasty weather demands. The jackets also feature two chest pockets, shoulder vents, a lowered tail section and a soft-touch fleece lined collar.

Our previous tests found the jacket offers a relaxed, commuter oriented fit which is nice for accommodating insulating layers underneath but proved a bit baggy for serious road riding. Potential buyers might also want to know that there’s no stretch in the reflective, waterproof shell fabric. Temperature wise, we felt it was most ideal for colder days hovering somewhere around the freezing point.

Proviz Reflect360+ jacket, sizing chart
*Photos and video courtesy of Proviz

The Reflect360 CRS jackets are available in Men’s sizes XS-4XL, and Women’s UK sizes 6-16. Currently Kickstarter supporters can buy a Reflect360 CRS jacket in any color for $85 USD but that price will eventually go up to $183. Delivery is expected for November 2016, and check out the Kickstarter campaign for further details.

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rich hargus
rich hargus
6 years ago

now, that is a good innovation. that jacket looks bad ass.

DC
DC
6 years ago

20 wash cycles is kinda pathetic.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago
Reply to  DC

Pick your favorite piece of outerwear, how many times have you washed it? I’ve had my winter coat for.. 5 years? Probably washed it twice a season.

JNH
JNH
6 years ago
Reply to  Bill

At least once a week, in winter two or three times (or hung up and pressure hosed). Live and ride in a country with foul weather and cattle farms and you’d wash all your gear that often too! 20 washes is nothing.

Nick ET
Nick ET
6 years ago
Reply to  DC

Why would you even need to wash this that many times? Also, there is no way around this because the beads that reflect light back need to be close to the surface of the material and washing it removes the beads from the jacket.

VeloKitty
VeloKitty
6 years ago

It looks like it has the fit of a fireman’s jacket, at least in a lot of the shots.

ON YOUR LEFT!!!
ON YOUR LEFT!!!
6 years ago

I’m off to the moon!
Where I will be a big man and this bicycle shall be properly worshipped.

Gavin Leighton
6 years ago

I wish companies would make jackets etc with a two way zipper, because they don’t you get an awful bulge at the front of the jacket, if on a warm day you want to open the jacket for air then the jacket fills up like a balloon, with a two way zip you could open the jacket from the bottom without this problem, every manufacturer is guilty of not producing garments with a two way zip when the benefits for it’s inclusion is obvious.

Allan
Allan
6 years ago

Wow that’s a big price discrepancy between now and whenever it goes up…$85 seems fair for a jacket that is basically disposable for its intended purpose (20 washes?!), but no way I’d pay $183 for that short a lifespan.

Does anyone know why it only lasts 20 washes? There’s no way to better retain the reflective coating? I can’t see people going back to buy jacket after jacket if it keeps fading. Seems like one of those things you buy once, wear it out, then move on to the next thing.

John Mickael Brigadier

No need to wash it. Just throw some cold water on it and it’s clean. I do the same for my Nike Vapor Flash jacket for 3 years now, and it still be clean and bright

fredette
fredette
5 years ago

The coating is flaking off and I haven’t washed mine once. And little response from customer service. Super disappointed with this company 🙁

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