Safety is something all runners should think about. There are perils that come with running, whether you frequent the trails or stick to the pavement.
I like excitement, but I also like to think that my last run isn't going to end because someone just didn't see me!
For years now, I have been running with the aim to be visible. My first running vest worked well, but after some washings (and a car driving over it) the small side clasps broke. With some creative sewing I was able to make it work for another 2 years, but it's pretty ugly and tricky to get on an off.
When Tuvizo offered to let me try their vest, I was pretty interested.
The packaged arrived and it looked like nothing more than a few wide pieces of elastic and a closure.
I wondered how it would fit and looked over the stitching. All of the stitches were doubled and secure.
The bright Tuvizo "vest" has wide straps that stretch and black plastic sliders to adjust for size. The sturdy buckle clicks to secure in the front. I could feel it over the top of my heart rate monitor when I first put it on, but quickly got used to it and forgot it was there.
I wasn't sure how exactly to adjust the straps, but found it more comfortable for me when worn short, like a bolero. It reminds me more of putting on a parachute than a vest. Even with the smaller fit, I had some room to make it a bit smaller.
Though the straps aren't super soft, they are flexible and stayed in place. I was worried they might chafe my neck/shoulders, but out on the road this turned out not to be a problem at all.
As far as style is concerned, I like the fact that this vest is very minimal. I don't want my safety gear to add weight or warmth (this reflective gear doesn't add much of anything). This did exactly what is is supposed to do. It reflected light and it remained unnoticeable to the wearer!
The only drawback to the Tuvizo vest is that it is a vest. It has to be treated as a layer. Option A: When it's cold, it goes on the base layer, (only to show after a warm up and I unlayer),or, Option B: over the top layer (to be removed and replaced after I take off a top layer, if it comes off.)
I'd give the Tuvizo vest two thumbs up for safety and simplicity of design! I plan to keep using it even during the daylight to reduce my chances of being a road pizza.
Tuvizo comes in yellow or pink, and is made in China. One size fits many!
Learn more about Tuvizo on their website Tuvizo.com Twitter: @Tuvizo Or G+: +Tuvizo Gear
Do you wear running safety gear?
What's your favorite piece?
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