I have had a few jackets over the years. My current one, 'Altura Night Vision' has pretty much given up the ghost as far as waterproofing is concerned. It has served me well but I have been looking for an alternative for some time.
My search ended up with me seeing the 'Proviz Nightrider' and liking what I saw. This jacket it nothing short of brilliant. It is cut really well with a longer tail and arms and velcro straps for the cuffs. The collar is high and lined and very comfy.
All good so far but what else. Well the Proviz Nighrider has a few other tricks up its sleeves. I had to buy an orange version of course (it also comes in black and yellow) but it is an incredibly bright orange and certainly stands out in daylight. In addition it has several large reflective strips, positioned at crucial points - shoulders, arms, sides, zip and back.
The back of the jacket has a large reflective triangle that when lit up by lights reflects very brightly. This triangle, attached by velcro, can be removed to attach a 'Triviz Lighting System.'
The 'Triviz' light is a brilliant addition to an already good design. Normally this retails on its own for £29.99 but for the moment at least Proviz are supplying one of these free with the jacket - which incidentally costs £59.99
The Triviz contains a waterproof UBS rechargeable battery in a zipped pouch that is in itself waterproof. It weighs only 120g all in. I certainly forgot it was there when it was attached to my jacket.
The run time is 12+ hours it on constant and 16+ hours if on one of two flashing modes (fast and slow).
For my money this is an excellent addition and getting it with the jacket for no extra cost was a bonus.
I took a picture of the jacket in daylight using the camera flash so that you could get an idea of the amount of reflective elements. The picture does not really do it justice. The quality and quality of the reflection when lights shine on any of these elements is nothing short of astonishing! I used the jacket yesterday evening and was asked by quite a few other cyclists, a jogger and a dog walker where I got it from.
Okay, so it is brilliant in day and night. What about the waterproofing? I was out and about yesterday and was caught in one of the many thunder storms. I didn't have any over trousers on, so the bottom half of me was soaked. The top half, with this jacket on...totally dry. Water just beaded off. I got home and was thinking that this is the best cycling jacket bar none.
There are also side zips to open if you get hot. Considering it is still summer here in the UK, yesterday in the thunder storm was hot and humid and I didn't feel too hot or sweaty inside the jacket. There is certainly a degree of breathability.
As I type this I still think that this is the best cycling jack I have owned. My only regret is that I had not bought one sooner. For me this jacket is bordering on perfection!
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