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Highly reflective, but not highly comfortable..
on May 11, 2009
Several months ago I purchased 3 sets of these for my many night time, early morning or rain runs - and for the most part, I am very pleased. They are highly reflective, brilliantly colored, and definitely have proven their worth to me at least 4 times in oncoming traffic. The pop band is easy and fun, however...the only real difficulty I have found is that they are very stiff and have a tendency to create irritation from their "sharper" plastic edges. For example, you might want to be wary that wearing them around your ankles over bare skin and not over long pants can be pretty uncomfortable, with the edges of the band digging into your skin, causing small cuts. This is less of a problem around your wrists, given the motion of your ankles. But another thing to note is that they don't close cleanly around either ankles or wrists - there seems to be a little curve on the end that doesn't allow them to fit snugly and cleanly as the picture shows. Also, wearing them around biceps is fine, but they do tend to slip downward into the curve of your elbow. Wearing them anywhere but on the wrists requires constant adjusting and "re-popping" during your workout to get them to be comfortable again or stay put. Unfortunately, these challenges have actually led to a new search for something a little more friendly for wearing on bare skin (considering Jogalite cloth thin bands). All this being said, I still think they are fabulous for placement on a jogging stroller, bicycle, or over clothing. I've worn them in full out downpours and would definitely classify them as waterproof and easily cleanable, another plus. You won't go wrong with these, just remember that where you intend to wear them will make your experience happier or not. :)