Hell it looks worlds better than the cheapo vest. You don't have the choice to wear a vest may as well have a decent choice of what to wear. Additionally the Military is very vague about what is in regs and what isn't. This is something that we can get that is 100% unquestionably in regs. The really shitty part is that you are supposed to wear this bullshit ALWAYS, but since they are so vague I use it to my advantage. My ICON Hero jacket is white (brightly colored) and reflective (required for riding at night) and since that is all they say in the reg then that has to sufice. **** them at my Line of Duty determination!!!
this subject came up a little while ago, we found that vest on the internet for $35. my stealership sells them for about $45 ish. im gonna get one before i move to hawaii. i dont dig the construction worker look either.
That is true.... actually the reg for the Army stated a certain amount of reflective material must be worn during hours of darkness (this is defined by the distance you can see which is 500 feet, unlike the dumb ass gate guard who makes you pull over and put a reflective belt on after 5pm....) but this is usually accomplished by lots of jackets that have relfective logos and piping in the seams. Hoever, the gate nazis will not accept that and will make you put on a belt or vest at night. I had a guy once refuse to let me on post (I live on post) because I didn't have leather boots that went up past the ankle. After arguing with him for awhile, I told him to call an MP over so we can clarify this. (The reg states boots or shoes made of leather that cover the ankle is "highly recommended" not required) The MP stated that I was correct and told the gate guard to let me in the gate. They then posted the little flyer of what is required to ride on post to the guard shack.
I had a lot of problems out of those same gate nazis you speak of bbored130. I was actually rearended at the main gate, on my bike by a lady digging in her purse for her ID and not paying attention where she was going. Then those f'ing rent-a-cops gave me a hard time for getting pissed off at the stupid broad. Thank god it just bumped me forward and did no damage to the bike. As for reflective though, I still just use a reflective belt and an ID armband.
I got mine for about 42 and change from the local dealer. I stop at the gate and flip the visor. The gaurd turns his head slightly to check my ID, and then says "Have a nice day, Sarge!" and I am off.........
I would have paid 50 or even 60 GLADLY for this vest. I have yet to have a problem - alot of guys on post that ride ask about it and where to get them. MP's are cool with them, gate guards are cool about it.
I HIGHLY recommend getting this vest for anyone riding on a military base. It even has a pocket on the right side for your registration and little stuff. PLUS - it has a nice button close pouch on the back for your cover (head gear).