In addition to their bicycles, Specialized makes accessories, clothing, and lights. With short winter days, they’re promoting a lineup of high visibility clothing, along with an expanded range of lights to keep you safe whether you’re riding in the day or night. They tell us that high-viz is the new black – but even if not, we can agree that adding to riders’ safety is important.

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Specialized High Viz Clothing

With the safety concerns of riding a bike, nobody wants to take undue risk by not being seen. High visibility products (a.k.a. High Viz or High Vis) have become increasingly popular in anything from neon-painted bikes to high tech reflective apparel. Specialized is increasing their options with apparel such as their Women’s Deflect Hybrid Jacket ($130):

Specialized Womens Deflect hybrid jacket neon yellow high visibility

The Deflect H20 Jacket ($250) has been updated for improved breathability, while retaining protection against wind and rain in both men’s and women’s styles.

Specialized Deflect H20 updated 2019 high vis jacket neon yellow

To complete your outfit, they also have accessories such as the Element 2.0 winter gloves in screamin’ yellow color.

Specialized Element 2-0 winter gloves with high vis neon yellow

Specialized Daytime and Nighttime Lights

Adding lights to your ride – both during the day and night – can add another degree of safety. Daytime lights require much brighter LEDs for visibility, and the Specialized Flux ($150) delivers 1,200 lumens in full-blast mode – for a run time of 1:15. Reducing to 600 lumens gets you 2:30 run time, while 300 lumens will shine for a full 5 hours.

Specialized Flux 1200 bicycle headlight

The wide angle will illuminate your road to work, and the 3-hour charge time will get you ready for the ride home.Specialized Flux 1200 bicycle headlight beam

Specialized will also cover your tail with the 110 lumen Flux Expert tail light. It has as run time of up-to-14 hours, and will keep you visible for 0.6 miles or 1km in midday conditions. The mounting system works with 27.2, 30.9, or Venge aero seat posts.

Specialized Flux Expert Tail Light

While a neon color scheme might not win you any friends on the runway model circuit, it very well could keep you safe and riding for another day. Check out the full range from Specialized at the link below.

Specialized.com

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mudrook
mudrook
3 years ago

I’m so sick of lime green. I have a florescent pink hi-viz rain jacket from Pearl Izumi and it’s awesome.

Tim.
Tim.
3 years ago

Lime green, hot pink, screaming yellow, bring it on. I am so very sick of black.

Huffman
Huffman
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim.

Completely agree.

Heffe
Heffe
3 years ago

The “Zapp” material from Sugoi rules, but the cut of their jackets is a bit flappy. I’m surprised that technology hasn’t proliferated into other brands.

typevertigo
typevertigo
3 years ago
Reply to  Heffe

I had one of the Sugoi Zap jackets with “Pixel” technology from 2014. The tech has been seen on a number of jerseys. The problem I had with mine is that the little glass beads that were the basis of Pixel tech tended to rub off onto other surfaces, a lot like how glitter does – and eventually enough rubs off to render the jacket less and less reflective. And yes I agree with you on the flappy cut – nothing like the Sportful Hot Pack 5 I got to replace it.

Dinger
Dinger
3 years ago

A welcome kick in the pants for common sense clothing colors. Between Trek and Specialized promoting this, hopefully it’ll really gain some traction now.

whatever
whatever
3 years ago

I tend to dress like a peacock when I go out riding. Brighter the better. If road riding I say “if I get hit by a car, start looking for them because they had to be trying, and if mountain biking I claim “it’s so the helicopter knows where to land”. I’m all about visibility to others. Sure some people will give you a look from time to time. Oh well. Rather be safer. YMMV

asmallsol
3 years ago

When I first started riding at 19, I wouldn’t have been caught dead in high vis stuff. It was the sign of a true fred. Now about 15 years later, all my bikes have neon handlebar tape, I have 2 super bright tail lights on at all time, and my neon yellow gabba jersey/jacket has hundreds of hours of use on it. Guess I’m a bit wiser.

Bjorn
Bjorn
3 years ago
Reply to  asmallsol

Hi Fred!

🙂

Robin
Robin
3 years ago

Yes. The rest of the cycling clothing industry, please pay attention to this.