Second in the BikeHacksTivus review front is the VISIJAX LED Commuter Jacket With Turn Signals. I am all about lights for nighttime riding and have 8 different lights installed on my bike that use 16 total batteries. I am of the firm belief that when cycling around motorists, those piloting motor vehicles should be aware of my presence. I was thus excited when the fine folks at VISIJAX contacted me about reviewing a jacket that incorporates LED lights. They sent me the yellow version, which just might be visible from low earth orbit during the day. This picture does not really do the color justice, but it is bright.
The jacket also comes in black. As you can see in the picture, there are two sets of lights on the chest, and there are also lights on the front and back of the arms. Here are the lights on the chest -
The rear of the jacket also has a set of red LED lights.
And there are reflective highlights on the jacket, highlighted here with the camera flash.
The lights have three settings - slow flash, fast flash, and static. Here is a YouTube video, with the wonderful sound of my washing machine in the background.
The battery sits in a small pocket in the front of the jacket.
And it has a large rubber button so all you have to do to activate the lights, change the mode, or turn it off is grab the battery and squeeze your fingers.
The review of this jacket is going to take a few more entries because I want to cover size/fit, comment on battery life, and I have yet to wash the jacket or ride in any serious rainfall or cold temperatures. Regarding use of the jacket so far, I charged the battery when I got it and have ridden with it every weekday for almost two weeks. I have only activated the lights at night and my commute home is about 30 minutes. I have not had to recharge the battery yet and the website indicates that the battery will last 20 hours. If this is the case, the jacket would serve me during daily use for almost a four weeks. The jacket came with one battery and extra batteries are available on the VISIJAX website for £15.99 ($24 USD). The jacket price on their website is £119.99 ($180 USD).
So far so visible and I will do some follow up entries on fit, durability, and performance. It has been very warm in Boston in recent weeks and the weather reports point to continued warm temperatures. It might be a bit of time before the jacket is put to a significant temperature or precipitation test.