PolyBrite Lighted Safety Vest
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
Every once and a while, we find what
could be called a "cross-sector" product. This
PolyBrite lighted safety vest is a good example, because
it was originally designed for construction or road
safety but it has potential for motorcycle use.
It also meets one of our goals of
providing our visitors with information on unique and
hard-to-find motorcycle products and accessories.
Originally designed for construction or
safety workers, this patented design features LED lights
underneath the upper sections of the reflective stripes.
The lights burn with a red glow under the yellow
The lights are powered by two AA sized
batteries that are located in a controller that fits in
a built-in pocket under the vest.
The light controller have a three-way
switch: off, on and blink mode. While the blinking
mode is probably not recommended for motorcycle riding,
due to legal restrictions on using blinking lights on
any type of non-emergency motor vehicle, the lights can
be left in the steady "on" position if desired.
Since the vest also has multiple
reflective stripes with a large amount of surface area,
it could serve multiple purposes by also functioning as
a safety vest that the owner could use for walking,
jogging, walking the dog, riding a bicycle or .... you
get the idea.
I don't wear a reflective vest on every
motorcycle ride, but when we're evaluating certain types
of products at dusk or if I'm wearing dark colored
motorcycle clothing, I'll usually throw one on over my
Also, since most motorcycle rain suits
are dark colored, for some incomprehensible reason, it's
a good idea to wear a reflective safety vest in an
attempt to gain maximum visibility in what are usually
the worst conditions for motorcycling.
lights on the PolyBrite safety vest make it potentially
very useful for wet-weather riding.
PolyBrite claims up to 400 hours battery
life when the vest is left in the blinking mode. A
pressure sensitive button switch on the battery pack
cycles the lights through the fully on, blink mode and
The switch on our example is rather
balky; sometimes it works perfectly and at other times
it will take several tries to get the vest to light.
Many of the inexpensive reflective
safety vests are very flimsy and not recommended for use
when riding a motorcycle. Not all reflective
safety vests are created equal! Some are made from
the thinnest type of material and they are probably only
useful for uses like walking.
While the PolyBrite vest isn't the most
heavy-duty sample we've encountered, the material is
nice and thick and it has wide "hook-and-loop" fastener
on each side to keep it snug. But it is more
affected by certain types of wind and buffeting,
depending upon the motorcycle and fairing combination.
The lights have a rather ghostly effect
when they're lit underneath the reflective striping.
The lights are harder to see in bright sunlight and they
aren't always apparent even during darker conditions.
It's more of a subtle glow that is designed to boost the
PolyBrite also claims that the vest is
"weather, water and tear-resistant". It also
carries an Underwriter's Laboratories (UL)
classification and a CE mark, which means that it
apparently has met European standards for safety
It comes in a single size that should
fit most riders. PolyBrite offers other lighted
safety products, such as the interesting LED safety "Tag
Lights" shown in the bottom photo.
Our tag light has a better switch than
the vest, and it can also be set to turn the LEDs on,
off and in blink mode. It uses a 2032 lithium
watch battery (included) and PolyBrite claims that it
will last up to 200 hours in the blinking mode.
The Tag Light is less useful for
motorcycling, but it's a pretty cool device that has a
built-in safety hook that allows it to attach to a tank
bag, belt loop or other locations. It might also
be useful to give to a child to fit on their backpack or
book bag. The Tag Lights are available in red,
orange or white.
The PolyBrite lighted safety vest is an interesting
product that may offer more visibility than a "normal"
reflective safety vest. The quality of the
reflective stripes and the material seems to be better
than other safety vests that we've seen.
Review: PolyBrite Lighted Safety Vest
||List Price: $29.95
|Colors: Safety orange with
yellow reflective stripes.
Comments: Unique design has LED lights under the reflective
stripes that can be switched on or off or in a flashing mode.
Review Date: December 2005
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