ElevenGear Traffic Master Jersey Review
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As athletes, we know that winter and spring months inevitably mean…. training in the dark.
Where I live and train, winter is long. And getting volume in absolutely means riding and running pre-dawn or post-dusk, most often on remote roads devoid of shoulders or streetlights. Add in plenty of snow and a fair dose of ice, and you start to wonder if you’re tempting fate out there.
When it is you against the 4×4 with the snowplow mounted on the front, a dim headlamp and a cute little flashing red light hanging from your backside makes you feel more like a target then an obstacle. So up here in the mountains, we are always looking for better ways to avoid becoming road kill.
Enter ElevenGear Traffic Master Jersey.
This rave-ready jersey makes enough of a visual impact that even the most clueless of drivers will swing wide for you. They may not know what you are (“What the f*** was that?” ), but they will see you.
The powerfully-reflective rear pocket and wrist strips illuminate a bright silver glow from hundreds of feet away. And since different colors and contrast patterns stand out during various stages of darkness, ElevenGear included them all. The neon-lemon, acid-lime, fire-engine-red and bright-orange color scheme create a backdrop that screams “alert, alert, alert”, whether you are riding in daylight, at dusk, in fog, or in the dark. This jersey simply cannot be overlooked. (Note: do not underestimate the importance of being seen even in daylight. Driver distraction has become as deadly as darkness.)
While the primary intent of high visibility is extremely well executed, ElevenGear went far out to add detail and styling that works. The fit and finish of the jersey are excellent. The size fit as it should, offering a bit of extra room and sleeve length to accommodate the extra layer(s) you use for cooler rides. (The full-length zipper allows you to also use it as a jacket.) The Italian Giotherm fabric is slightly fleecy on the inside, and delivers moisture-wicking benefit while modulating a wide range of temperatures. Three generous pockets line the back.
And the coolest detail of all, is the quoted United States Universal Vehicle Code, written on the right sleeve, so that when you catch up with the motor home (that nearly shoved you in the ditch) at the rest area, you can state with accuracy your legal right to three feet of roadway.
I recently wore the jersey for two of the three days of the Moab Skinny Tire Festival, and while I didn’t get a “nice butt” compliment, I did receive a whole lot of “cool jersey” comments. I’ll take it.
Designed and manufactured in California.
Male sizes XS – 3X. Female sizes SM-XL.