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Cycling in the dark can be quite dangerous and there is only so much money you can spend on snazzy lights to make sure that lacksadaisical motorists can see you. I decided to look at buying a helmet light when a work colleague didn't come into work one day as he had been clipped off his bike. Instead of spending a large amount of money on a light, I decided to go for the cheaper option and bought some reflective straps. The helmet band was one of them.
==Price and availability==
The cost of this band is £12.99, it is around the same price as a headlamp but you do not need to replace batteries or maintain in any way shape or form and you do not even notice any extra weight unlike a head lamp.
The band is made from a really stretchy neoprene material and scotchlite hi-visibility covering. The stretchy band will fit most size helmets although if you have a visor like I do, you may need to either take it off or try position it further down. After messing around with it, I got the band on and could still clip the visor on, however at first the band did keep popping back off. The hi visibility band is chequered which makes the band look more visible and noticeable.
I find that ankle hi visibility bands are probably the best investment as they move up and down which will attract more attention but I like the helment band because it sits high making it visible for longer distances. I have not caught sight of myself when I am hit by headlights but from just messing about with it in my hand I can see that it is extremely bright. The best thing about the helmet band is that once it is on, it's on and you do not need to fit it again. You can go out at whatever time of day and as soon as it gets dark the band starts to work so you do not to remember to put it on or anything like that.
When you drive past cyclists yourself you will see that unless they have something reflective on, a tiny light will not really suffice. I think that lamps should be used in conjunction with reflectives and what better place to have one that at the top of your body.
The quality and power of the reflective material is really good and you can see that the manufacturer specialises in equipment such as this. The only downside to the band is that it blocks up air vents on the helmet, this however could be a big advantage during the cold winter nights!
"Respro Hi-Viz Helmet Band - Chequered. High Visibility. An excellent way of making yourself visible. Both cyclists and motorcyclists can benefit from the helmet band. The Scotchlite™ band stretches around the base of any crash helmet and with the neo grip surface on the inside there is no need for ad ...."