At first glance, this Vespertine Sash-ay Scarf is a fairly low-key, grey tweed woolen scarf along the lines of centuries worth of old fashioned posh school scarves.
Sure, it has a nicely woven pattern and it even has a cunning buttonhole and button partnership, allowing for easy securing of this wayward item of winter clothing.
BUT, and it's a substantial 'but', wave the glare of car headlights in its general direction and its true colours become apparent. The Sash-ay is part of the new breed of urban cycling kit cleverly using reflective thread woven in with wool during the normal weaving process, resulting in an effective but distinctly un-techy looking reflective garment. It looks like a tweed scarf and it behaves like a tweed scarf, whilst also being a reflective addition to your after-dark cycling safety arsenal.
It's a sturdy wool scarf, and delivers good levels of warmth, especially given the button securing it (if you want), and suitable for wearing with pretty much anything from normal street clothes, through to super technical riding kit if you so desired. After all, it's just a scarf! The reflectivity is impressive and it definitely enhances visibility of the wearer, even if only adding to overall conspicuousness. Even the impressively cunning button is covered in reflective stuff. Such are its androgenous good looks, that it would happily grace the neck of man or woman.
Sadly this rather lovely scarf's only currently available from Vespertine direct in the US, but Sarah the owner and designer is a helpful lady and it's no real problem to buy from her direct. It's not cheap, but it's woven in Scotland from merino wool and it's a top quality scarf with the added bonus of making you that bit more visible on a dark night.
Warm, sophisticated and shiny. What's not to love?
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Make and model: Vespertine Sash-ay Scarf
Size tested: Grey
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Aimed at urban cyclists wanting to enhance their visibility.
Good for anyone out on dark streets.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
100% merino wool tweed with reflective weave.
Button and buttonhole to secure if desired.
Superbly well made and lovely fabric.
Definitely warm and visible.
Good quality fabric but keep it away from velcro.
Slightly itchy, but very comfortable otherwise.
Superbly well made and high quality.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well. Was warm and visible.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Style, button/buttonhole, reflectivity
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, very much.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, and as a gift.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe, if they were a very good friend.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
An attractive unisex merino wool scarf with the added bonus of enhanced visibility.
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.