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It’s been known for many years that a yellow “contrast enhancing” tint is extremely effective in poor light conditions, where there are no shadows and the world appears flat and two dimensional. Yellow tinted goggles have been available for years for skiing on an overcast day, and racers often use a yellow tint when it’s grey or raining.
Unfortunately, due to the vagaries of the safety eye protection standards, there are no legal visors of this colour. Several years back I happened across some inexpensive frameless yellow sunglasses in a bike shop. I bought a couple of pairs. When I got to wear them, I liked them so much I added them to the products we sell! Dark tints available too.
If you’ve read anything I’ve written about Hi Vis clothing, you’ll know that I don’t think that Hi Vis clothing is a substitute for good defensive riding skills and an awareness of how and why motorcycle accidents happen. However, in certain conditions such as fog and rain, Hi Vis clothing may be still be useful.
The problem is that the Hi Vis waistcoats used by many riders were never designed with motorcycling in mind. They are obscured from ahead by fairings, from behind by passengers, luggage and rucksacks, and virtually the entire vest is invisible from the side. So when I found the rather oddly-named ‘sleeved waistcoat’, I bought one for myself for poor weather use, and decided to sell them to other riders too.
If you’re a bike instructor, check out our Hi Vis poloshirts - ideal for CBTs on hot days!
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