REV'IT! Hi-Viz Connector Vest
Great Visibility and Integration, Questionable Quality
Recently purchased this vest to attach to my Rev'It Vapor jacket, to increase my visibility towards drivers. Had been on the wish list for a while, and the recent Rev'It sale was a decent enough time as any to pull the trigger.
Very happy with the looks and design of the vest, and I was mainly interested in this vest because of it's integration with Rev'It jackets. I have a size large Vapor jacket, and the size large vest fits perfectly. I really like that I can take the jacket on and off without having to take the vest off as well. It's extremely light-weight and save for the reflection on my dash, I wouldn't even know it was there otherwise. The reflectivity is extremely bright, and it adds a little more peace of mind when riding in lower light conditions.
My biggest complaint is definitely in terms of the mesh material and how long it'll hold up. If it touches any velcro on your jacket, it will start to shred immediately. (I've attached a picture to try and show this, after 1 ride.) I'll more than likely be looking for some of the 3M scotchlite tape to put in the areas that are most prone to catching on velcro. Other than that, I'm very happy with the purchase.
August 24, 2015
OK, but could be much better
The vest is very visible, so it fulfills its basic function.
My problem with the vest is that it only has two attachment points. That is not enough to keep the vest in place when you are not wearing the jacket. The vest is always getting tangled up with the hook side of the Velcro patches on the jacket and when you pull it off it pulls threads out of the vest. So it doesn't seem like the vest is going to hold up very long.
April 21, 2015
The picture for the example is deceiving to what you actually get, when you open the box, you get this item in a little bag, you open up and to your surprised it is what you purchased just not like you thought, the picture shows and item of tight weaved material that is bright... the material in actually in fact the same kind of you get when you buy one of those cheap mesh safety vests at lows or home depot.
the elastic is good quality, the buckle is just a loop around velcro attachment its ok but not for long term, I modified it by adding a quick release buckle to prevent wear of the velcro.
The retro-reflectivity is Awesome!
This product fits small, buy at least a size larger. if not two sizes larger, I am usually a medium size guy and got the medium and its super small.
The reason I kept it is for back up on a ride that gets ruined by bad weather, gives me the ability to become much brighter to other drivers, also this is great for bike riding at night..
I think this is work about $20 maybe $30 at most.
July 14, 2014
Leaves Something to be Desired
I will echo what another reviewer wrote by saying the MSRP is ridiculously high for what you get in this vest. The stock photos are misleading as to the size of the vest. When unpacking it, my first thought was, "Really? That's it?" I hid the actual cost of the vest from my wife.
Fit is a little small, but that's fine by me because I'm a small guy (5' 11'', 30-in. waist). I can't get over the fact that I feel like I'm wearing a t-shirt that is WAY to small because the base of the vest almost sits at the base of my sternum. Had I bought a size larger, however, I would probably be paragliding off of my bike.
The visibility provided by the back swatch is superior to what you get from the front, which is arguably where most of your in-town dangers come from (cross traffic). Personally, I would feel better about rigging this to fit over a backpack than wear it on my person, but I'm sticking with my guns. I doubt there is anything on the market that's as stylized as this.
Bottom line, if you want maximum visibility, try the other Rev'it vest or buy a crossing guard vest in hi-viz yellow. You might feel your cool factor drop a few points, but you'll be more visible than this vest will ever make you.
July 7, 2014
Not limited to Rev'It! jackets
I needed a hi-viz vest for my new Aerostich Transit jacket, but I couldn't use the Rev'It Athos vest I use on my Rev'It Gear 2 jacket because the side panels would completely block the underarm vents on the Transit. After some searching, I decided to try the Connector vest. The Connector's side pieces only overlap the pit vents by maybe 10%, which I'm not sure actually blocks any airflow in actual use, and the mesh back panel doesn't seem to restrict air outflow from the Transit's large rear vent. The outer chest pocket is blocked (that pocket is fairly useless anyway), but the vertical "hand-warmer" pockets aren't. Rev'It needs to supply better product images: the fabric IS mesh (better!), not solid, and the color is more akin to the Athos' bright green-yellow (again, better!) the really "pops" against a black jacket. Also, be aware that the vest isn't as long as it may seem in the images; it only extends to about mid-chest/back. I don't think any "missing" length would be easily visible to other motorists, anyway, particularly on the front. Though made specifically for some of Rev'It's newer jacket models that incorporate connectors ("Connector," get it?) on their fronts, the vest also incorporates a simple secondary connection system using Velcro and a fabric loop, so it can be used on just about any jacket on the market. However, the non-Rev'It connection system won't prevent the vest from slipping off the shoulders when donning/doffing the jacket, although it falls off much less than a few other safety vests I've owned. The Connector's side pieces are made of elastic, and are adjustable. On the road, the vest stays in place, without buffeting or flapping, and I only know it's even there when I have to unfasten it to unzip my jacket. As for sizing, I took the advice of Revzilla's reviewers and ordered down, selecting a Medium for my US 42 (Euro 52) jacket, and it fits just fine.
May 19, 2014
nice but pricey
nice vest and a must if you own the sand 2 -they may have 2 dollars in this and charge 50 but it is made just for this jacket - wish it had an attach point in the rear but overall a must have if you have a sands 2
May 19, 2014
The large fits my XL Levante jacket perfectly. It's a nice vest, just a little overpriced for what you're getting.
August 20, 2013
Not for daily use
The good, it looks great. It's low profile and has more style to it than other high viz options. It's lightweight, doesn't restrict airflow and can even fit in a jacket pocket for storage.
The bad, mine has developed a hole in it after two weeks of use. It's under warranty but I will be ordered a sturdier vest for daily use.
August 19, 2013