Author Topic: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?  (Read 2141 times)

dubya

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So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« on: August 27, 2019, 09:21:48 pm »
So in the end who wore the ACP supplied Hi-Viz vest or used their own alternative? Did you find the vest uncomfortable and difficult to ride in 2019 conditions or was it ok?

I wore the ACP vest for nearly the whole ride myself. Apart for a 2 hour window on Monday morning when I took the vest off otherwise I wore the vest for the whole time.

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2019, 09:28:15 pm »
I wore it when it was dark, when I was told it was dark (even though it wasn't) and when I needed an extra layer.  It was fine.

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2019, 09:31:07 pm »
Too heavy, too thick, (almost) non-breathable, a neck that constrained like a python equalled a non-starter for me.
My own mesh vest was just so much better!

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2019, 09:34:39 pm »
Marko Baloh had a very worn 2015 PBP gilet, which had clearly seen a lot of use, to the extent the the PBP branding had almost worn off. But he feels the cold, and is very safety conscious, given the fate of other ultra riders over the years.


Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2019, 09:39:42 pm »
I wore it at night, felt it was a good size, clearly pretty reflective looking at others that were wearing it and not any more sweaty than i expecred it. Given the cold at night/,early morning Inwas glad i had it

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2019, 09:57:12 pm »
I thought it was perfect for the cool nights. Took it off when the sun came out... would probably find it too much if it the nights were warmer.

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2019, 09:59:32 pm »
Found mine great for the chilly evening /mornings , it was fine.

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Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2019, 10:00:23 pm »
Did wear it from a little before sunset until it got warm (around 11am?). It wasn't too bad, though I prefer my Wowow vest. Which, while EN1150 certified, does not have a label showing compliance :(

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2019, 10:47:59 pm »
I only used it when it was a bit colder, during the first night I used the lighter one which I took with me from home.

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2019, 10:48:15 pm »
I wore mine but the zipper gave in at Brest, one of the marshals shrugged and said it was made in France . Anyone know how to get a replacement?

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Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2019, 11:06:41 pm »
i have worn my own vest for the whole time*, the acp one is poorly made imo (needs alterations to fit better) and would have been too hot during the day.

*one less faff putting it on/off and folding/unfolding/stowing away

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2019, 11:24:48 pm »
I wore my own vest, I just find the official vests too hot and bulky. Got two brand new in packaging if anyone wants any! I used a rapha Brevet Gilet in Orange, its got two high vis strips and had no issues with Marshall's on the road or at controls.

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Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2019, 06:54:17 am »
I did, during the hours of darkness or when I was told.
And so did the vast majority of people.

I just didnt want to risk standing out as being non compliant.
In the end, I dont think the marshals were being very strict about enforcing very much, but there was one marshal who insisted on it being worn at the exit of the bike parking area at one control, even though it was still broad daylight!

It was fine.
It was not very well cut, so I didnt have it fully ziped up.

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2019, 08:35:17 am »
After trying it on I decided not to take my own gilet or hivis vest. Pbp one was fine. I wore it when chilly or dark which were pretty much the same thing. Marshall on motorbike was clearly in two minds hovering for a while by a rider wearing just a sam brown reflector strap thingy but then went off.

On the car deck of the ferry home, despite the Lycra, it was sufficient for one car driver to think I was part of the crew.


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Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2019, 08:53:53 am »
I wore mine but the zipper gave in at Brest, one of the marshals shrugged and said it was made in France . Anyone know how to get a replacement?

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They were selling the gilets at the start, maybe ACP has some left? French manufacturer L2S sell through Am@£*n, amongst others ... I know one CC Sudbury rider who has one in club kit-matching hi-viz orange.

I like the PBP gilets, [but as some know, I don't breath or sweat] and the new one will be getting an ACME badge added soon, for year-round use.

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2019, 09:02:59 am »
I took a mesh one but decided not to carry it in the end. Wore the PBP one and the nights were so cold at some points I was wearing everything I had! 
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Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2019, 09:22:59 am »
I think the official gilet functions well for the organisation. It's immediately possible to tell who is an 'official' volunteer. One surprise was that the Le Ribay crossing was policed by volunteers from the local community, as they had non-PBP Gilets, and 'Le Ribay PBP 2019' T shirts. They were occasionally augmented by ANEC moto riders.
That was a significant contribution to volunteer organisation. Just imagine working out a rota to police that very dangerous crossing from 'pool' volunteers, for about 60 hours.

There was a big pile of gilets, volunteer T shirts and specialist service armbands at the HQ, tending to suggest a shortfall in volunteers, which was offset by quasi-formal community support.

I wore my 2015 gilet while I was filming next to the Cafe Patton at Meen Le Grand. The route was very well signposted, but many were unsure, and needed directing. The sight of the gilet was a big reassurance. There were others directing; local club members with a rider in the event, but that was very informal.

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2019, 09:45:59 am »
I wore the official 2019 gilet and found it was fine. Overheating wasn’t an issue this time and I had everything on at night, including my spare shorts on my head on the last night.


Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2019, 09:52:41 am »
2011 Gillet - worn on the event and many times since.

2015 Gillet - too big, not worn, still in the bag, all sensible offers considered.

2019 Gillet - a bit floppy, but fine, worn every night.

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Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2019, 09:56:31 am »
I remember picking up my Hi-Vis at the bike check & thinking it was way too thick/heavy so I put it in my bag until it came dark on the Sunday night, it proved to be a good piece of kit & I was glad I had it at 1.00 AM, I had forgot how cold it gets, especially nearer the coast, the night section from Carhaix to Brest with the long down hills was next to freezing in the valleys, it worked for me.

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2019, 10:00:34 am »
It's worth knowing that you paid extra for the 2011 official gilet. In 2015 and 2019 it was included in the entry. The 2011 is relatively rare item, as most were for volunteer use.

It's a useful piece of kit to keep in the car, but I'm glad that some nationalities opted for different colours, as it brightens up the night shots.

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Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2019, 10:35:22 am »
It's worth knowing that you paid extra for the 2011 official gilet. In 2015 and 2019 it was included in the entry. The 2011 is relatively rare item, as most were for volunteer use.

It's a useful piece of kit to keep in the car, but I'm glad that some nationalities opted for different colours, as it brightens up the night shots.

I had a 2011 one but it fell to bits after a few weeks of normal use when I got home
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Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2019, 10:54:08 am »
Swapped my medium one for a small (I'm 6'2"!) at the bike check sign on and thought it fit pretty well; wore it all three nights but then I feel the cold and am usually in an extra layer to many so the thickness was a pro not a con for me.

However, the stitching has completely failed in many places after three days of use. I don't plan on wearing it again anyway, and maybe complete disintegration after 90 hours was the quality level the manufacturers were going for? ::-)

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2019, 10:55:23 am »
It's worth knowing that you paid extra for the 2011 official gilet...The 2011 is relatively rare item

I have a 2011 one in reasonable condition, unworn after the event itself. Let the bidding commence!

Re: So who wore the ACP PBP Hi-Viz vest then?
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2019, 10:55:57 am »
Yes.. used it... lost it somewhere on the road on last day .. bought a castelli one at control ... bought a new one at the end cos I quite liked it.