The Tuvizo Reflective Vest has rapidly become one of my most essential pieces of kit for keeping me seen as I continue my training schedule through the winter months. Previously, I probably didn’t take night visibility as seriously as I should and I’m now kicking myself that I hadn’t found a solution as simple as this one sooner. It’s a shockingly simple garment with a one buckle design and massive amounts of adjustability. You can also get it a very bright pink!
Materials & Adjustability
Here, still packaged up, we can see it’s a one-piece garment made up of 4cm width elasticated and reflective strapping to form a vest. Like so many of the best products, it’s the simple designs that are often the most effective. Essentially, the vest is made up of a criss-cross structure at the back with adjustable straps to the waist and shoulders, all coming together with reassuringly robust buckle.
There’s a good amount of stretch before you even begin with the adjustments, meaning that finding the appropriate fit will not be difficult. Just a quick slide of each adjuster brings the vest close and snug over any kit you may be wearing including larger style winter jackets. The stretch in the elastic will accommodate your movements without causing any slip from the desired position.
You get the feeling that it’s not going to be coming apart any time soon.
Size & Comfort
The Tuvizo Reflective Vest comes in two size options with specifications as follows:
- S/M/L – Waistband: 66 – 101cm ( 26-40″); Shoulder Straps: 38 to 53 cm ( 15 to 21″), from waist to shoulder.
- L/XL – Waistband: 81 – 137cm ( 32-54″); Shoulder Straps: 40 to 61 cm ( 16 to 24″), from waist to shoulder.
For me the smaller size fits best but I’m confident that there’s such great levels of adjustability someone larger than me could use it in conjunction with any level of summer and/or winter sports gear. The same will also apply with the larger size.
It really becomes one of those accessories that you’ll forget you’re even wearing. This is a good thing for me as, be it summer or winter, I prefer the minimalist approach for both running and/or cycling. With four adjustment points it’s easily possible to find a fit that simply stays in place.
When using the Tuvizo for running it’s performed exactly as I would hope adding absolutely nothing to my attire other than visibility (which is what I wanted it for). Cycling is the same, but crucially it’s one of the few high visibility garments that can boast zero flapping. I have used full vests in the past that have underperformed in this area by increasing drag and, in one case, blowing off completely. There is absolutely no way that this would be possible with the Tuvizo.
Taking a look at the buckle here you can see that it’s not going to come undone. In fact, it even features an additional protective loop over the top clip to avoid any catching or unwanted release.
Comfort is unquestioned and, as is only made from strapping, it’s far enough away from crucial areas to avoid any risk of overheating your body or interfering with the other wicking and/or breathing abilities of your technical clothing.
So this is the crucial part!
You can see the reflective qualities which easily outperform other standard forms of reflective gear. Note the piping on my hat and shoes which (although not intended to be full reflective gear) give off far less light than the Tuvizo. this shot shows off the striking design and you’ll see that it’s actually the grey middle part of the strap that provides the night visibility. This is a really neat feature as with the remaining part of the vest being bright yellow, it doubles up as a day and night Hi-Viz garment. In night situations it’s going to be hard to miss!
Here you can see two further aspects showing the criss-cross at the rear and also a further shot to the front. Note the first shot here (showing the front aspect) where the light on the vest is mostly generated from approaching car headlights.
From the results of these shots (thanks again to Ben Heaney) I’m really happy that this is now the level of visibility I’m achieving when out training at night.
The Tuvizo Reflective Vest is offers high visibility without any resulting compromise on the performance or comfort of your existing running or cycling gear. For this reason I see as an essential piece of night time and winter kit that is built to last. On top of its great design and adjustability the Tuvizo also a piece of kit that you can simply throw in the draw and not worry about storage until the next use.
I want my reviews to be as independent as possible. On that basis, I thought a link to Amazon would provide the most impartial method of you looking at other user comments should you be considering a purchase. You can also visit Tuvizo direct at their website.