Once the sun sets, commuting by bike or skateboard becomes a risky game. The newest gear for night riders is a stylish shirt with retroreflective stripes sewn directly into the fabric, increasing visibility twofold. Ravelin’s RS01 shirt makes the days of fluorescent vests and cheaply made reflective tape a thing of the past.
The RS01 shirt doesn’t rely on gummy tape strips or battery-operated devices – its reflective pattern is integrated right into the fabric. By partnering with a technical fabric mill, Ravelin was able to weave a durable retroreflective cloth that will not fade or peel over time. The best part is how the bright checker pattern becomes invisible during the day, making it a great fit for both biking to work and a full day at the office.
Once night falls, the RS01 shirt provides pedestrian visibility from nearly 700 feet away from a car’s headlights – twice that of a regular old white shirt. The designers also made sure that the shirt’s cut would not chafe underarms during extended bike rides, and skaters can twist and stretch without constriction. They even included a long drop tail to avoid any, er, unwanted exposure in the midst of activity.
The shirt is available for backers on Kickstarter, starting at $85. Other enticing features include a cell phone pocket located at the waist, and wind-blocking panels along the the ribs to keep the chill out. This two-in-one design will likely earn a top spot on many active adventurers’ gift lists this year.
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