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Does anyone here use illumiNITE clothing?(9 posts)

Does anyone here use illumiNITE clothing?cydswipe
Jan 5, 2003 6:06 AM
I am looking for some reflective cycling clothing. Performance has a selection of illumiNITE gear. How is it? Does it hold up through the wash? Is there a better choice? I'm looking for a vest(possibly) that gives me the advantage of being seen in morning/evening rides. I can't find a hi-vis(yellow) color that still incorporates the illumiNITE tech. Any suggestions?
it works very well, and is superior to hi-vis, a no-brainer nmsprockets2
Jan 5, 2003 7:46 AM
Does anyone here use illumiNITE clothingDorf411
Jan 5, 2003 10:18 AM
It does come in bright yellow as well as a couple dark colors like blue and gray. I am curious how the breathability is. The material seems to feel similar to a rain coat which makes you sweat like a stuck pig. Is the illuminite as bad?
re: Does anyone here use illumiNITE clothing?Drupa
Jan 5, 2003 4:01 PM
Prices have fallen on the Jersey and tights since I bought them. Worth the higher price I paid - good product. Highly visible, wears well.
I've had a shell/vest for 3 years without probs (nm)eyebob
Jan 6, 2003 7:13 AM
I have a Performance Illuminite wind jacketDINOSAUR
Jan 6, 2003 8:46 AM
I seldom wear it as it does not breath well and I end up getting soaked with persperation. However mine is an older model I don't know if Performace has improved on this problem. The jacket seems to run a size large as compared to the other Performance clothing which tends to run a size small. Performance has a money back gurarantee if you are not happy with their product. Just save your shipping invoice or email notice of purchase confirmation. I purchased mine because I liked the yellow color. I end up wearing my black Pearl Izumi gore (gore in chest and front of arms only) that works a lot better. The Illuminte vest might work better, the problem I have is the arms in the Illuminite jacket are not vented. Then again, it all depends on the temps you encounter when you ride..
Like mine a lot,, but in summer a $15 joggers vest work greatretro
Jan 6, 2003 8:48 AM
I have a Illuminite vest that's really good this time of year. In warmer weather, though, it does get clammy. Once the weather warms up, I wear a $15 jogging vest (like a highway worker's vest)--it's open mesh with three or four reflective stripes. Makes a huge difference in how much room cars give you.
re: Does anyone here use illumiNITE clothing?commuterguy
Jan 6, 2003 8:52 AM
I have Performance Illuminate jacket, vest, and tights. The jacket has held up well for 4 years (machine washed every week or so during the night riding season--Nov-April). I only get about 1.5 seasons out of the tights, but that is because I wear through the seat.

I think Illuminate is essential for night time riding. As has been noted in earlier posts, a visible moving humanoid shape makes it much easier for motorists to understand that a bicyclists is in front of them than virtually anything else.

That said, Illuminite is of course passive (you are depending on the motorist to have his head lights on). So you also need a good blinkie and a good head light. I also think reflexite tape on your shoes is a good idea (again, the movement helps motorists figure out what you are).
re: Does anyone here use illumiNITE clothing?katie1
Jan 6, 2003 5:08 PM
A friend gave me his jacket and tights. The tights are very light weight. The jacket doesn't breathe but is good on chilly nights. Somewhere between the two, I can wear something that increases my visibility.