Firefox is an Indian performance bicycle brand with a wide range of bicycles and accessories for the bicycle and the rider. The majority of their bicycles and accessories are urban specific and are built for comfort. We got an opportunity to review the newly launched Reflective Cycling Vest from Firefox and here’s what we think.
The Firefox Reflective Vest impresses immediately with its sophisticated look and design, the key point being that this is an actual vest that can also protect the rider from cold, dust and rain, apart from being reflective. It comes in a sleeve less design so that it can be easily and quickly put on over your cycling jersey, and a full metal zipper that extends all the way to the neck makes sure the vest is securely fastened.
The vest is made of a 100% polyester neon yellow colored fabric that enhances the rider’s visibility in dark roads as well as in daylight. 3M Scotchlite reflective material strips are sewn onto the vest all around the waist, around the shoulders and at four key areas around the back, which reflect light to the brightest possible extent when any light source is around, making it one of the safest and most functional safety vests in the market. The presence of a mesh design on the side and back panels also aid in better ventilation when riding in hot or humid conditions.
The design of the vest is very intelligently thought of, by combining safety, function-ality and aesthetics. From a safety standpoint, the vest is perfectly colored and has enough reflective strips to be spotted easily. From a functional point of view, the vest has a high collar with a metal zipper that goes all the way to the top, and a sleeveless design, so that it can also be used as a wind cheater when riding in cold and dusty conditions, and it is also designed like a jacket that fits perfectly over the cycling jer-sey.
The Zipper has a neon fabric strap that is easy to hold onto while pulling the zipper up or down. The presence of a concealed pocked at the back of the vest, that is tightly sealed with another zipper makes it the ideal place to carry any nutrition bars, tools, or even your mobile phone, and the zipper keeps most of the dust and road spray away from the pockets. The Firefox logo is placed in a subtle fashion over the left chest and the brand’s name is written in a striking font across the top of the back.
With a Safety Vest like this, one can be sure that all aspects like safety, comfort and aesthetics are covered. Made especially for the long distance highway riders and urban commuters, this can also be used by recreational riders who ride in traffic and would want to be spotted easily. The price tag of Rs.1,950 (as of 8th April 2019) seems reasonable for the quality of the Vest and the 3M Scotchlite reflective material used.
Prices are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.