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I'm interested in high visibility on the road and want to buy an Icon hi viz vest, -- but especially big enough to go over my TourMaster Jacket (its a size Large) in cool weather and small enough to wear without a jacket underneath in warmer weather. I know they are adjustable via side lacing but their propaganda does not say what L or xl or xxl really means in terms of relative to other clothing that might be warn underneath. Icon sizes in two giant leaps (s to L, and xl to xxl). Anyone have any experience? I'm guessing I'll be able to go with the s-l version. I really don't want a tent around my chest. Thanks for input. Tom
 

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Mine is size large and they are made big to go over coats ect

I am 5'7" 170 lbs
 

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Jim, Thats what I expected the answer to be but I could not find those words in any of the Icon propaganda. I'm wanting to be seen. Thanks, Tom
 

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The prices on the motorcycle-specific vest are rediculous, and reflect the milspec requirements. You'll find much cheaper alternatives at Walmart, Rural King, or most any other store frequented by working folks. ANSI Class 2 vests can be had for under $10 and meet the same visibility requirements as the milspec items. wear them for a few months and replace them is the best thing to do. The high-visibility pigments in the fabrics fade when exposed to sunlight, and both the pigments and reflectivity of the tapes are compromised by washing. Sure, the expensive vests won't fall apart as quickly, but they will become less visible just as quickly.

http://www.safetyvests.com/ansi/ansi-class-2/radwear-class-2-green-mesh-economy-vest-sv2gm/



A better option would be the Occonumix ANSI Class 3 vest with zipper closure for about $15.

http://www.safetyvests.com/ansi/ansi-class-3/occunomix-class-3-value-mesh-vest-with-zipper-yellow-eco-gcz3-yellow/



ANSI Class 3 Surveyors vests have all the high visibility goodness plus pockets, about $20.

http://www.safetyvests.com/ansi/ansi-class-3/radwear-two-tone-class-3-lime-surveyors-vest-sv63g/



Mesh is cooler in summer.

http://www.safetyvests.com/radwear-ansi-class-3-safety-vests/economy-ansi-class-3-mesh-vest-with-two-tone-trim-green-sv22-3zgm/



I'm lazy. I wear these in winter.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Walls-Men-s-Full-ANSI-II-High-Visibility-Safety-Vest/15727711



I wear these in summer.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Walls-Men-s-Mesh-ANSI-II-High-Visibility-Safety-Vest/15727709
 

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Though this is not the Icon vest you referenced, it has served me very well. I have been so pleased I have purchased a backup unit to replace the original that has begun to fade after multiple washings. My purchase was made from Ride-safer.com. Gerry.



 

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Yes, its probably this picture in my mind of how conspicuous I want to be as I hurl down the roads of NM. I guess the only reason to by a mc specific vest if fit and a bit of looseness won't be as detrimental at 30 mph as it would be on a road bike at 70mph. I'll check out your source and may even improvise with one of 3 or 4 high viz bicycle jackets that I've accumulated over the years. Every time I'm in Europe and see all the police, airport workers, street workers, and anyone else with sense wearing the in your face green, I'm tempted to buy stock in the dye and peddle it everywhere else around the world. My next helmet will be something other than "harley" black. Thanks of the info Gerry, Qwerty, and Jim. Cheers, Tom
 
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