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Product Review and Tip: Halo and Night Visibility
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Product Review and Tip: Halo and Night Visibility - April 23, 2008, 01:47 PM

I often work into the night and ride home in the dark. I have read that research on night visibility demonstrates that it's best for motorcyclists to add reflective material up high, on a helmet, as opposed to down lower on the bike itself where it's more likely to be ignored or missed by cagers. The explanation is that cagers automatically filter out most of what they see at eye level, whereas a rider's helmet is usually up high enough to offer a novel and hence more noticeable visual stimulus.

Hence, I put scotchlight reflective stickers on my old helmet a long time ago. With the newer helmet though, I wanted something more elegant so I decided to try the Halo band (see images). It's pretty good at what it's designed for--reflectivity. However, I learned something last night, and it is this. At speeds above 100 the band slips off and ends up around your neck. So now finally for the tip: If you decide to rock a Halo on your helmet and go fast, you're gonna want some velcro or double-sided tape between the helmet and the Halo to hold in place. Frankly, the scotchlight reflective stickers are a lot cheaper and easier to deal with.
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April 23, 2008, 03:21 PM

Nice review. I went with the more subtle http://www.reflectivedecals.com/ on my lid.
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