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?
road.cc test report
Make and model: Vespertine Sash-ay Scarf
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.
Rate the product for quality of construction:
Superbly well made and lovely fabric.
Rate the product for performance:
Definitely warm and visible.
Rate the product for durability:
Good quality fabric but keep it away from velcro.
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
Slightly itchy, but very comfortable otherwise.
Rate the product for value:
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,
"...to meet her new gentleman friend who works in the butcher's trade. She says she's always enjoyed Mr Sainsbury's beef in Guinness but tonight...
It's the scarring of the paint on the barriers that gets me...
Nah mate. The terrible drivers just plough through.
Does this comment break road.cc's own rules?...
We break the law and burn property. Sure we can be trusted to drive through your neighbourhood. Fuckers.
I'm up to 100 video submisdions so far this year to police, the drivists have to start thinking is it worth getting somewhere 5 seconds quicker or...
this is apparently what 4million will get us...
JEM - hello! Thank you for your thoughts here. My frustration is that Azamara keep coming back with the same answer "you can take part in one of...
Bing maps is another good one for browsing OS maps (not so good for routing). You have to select OS maps and then zoom down, but it has both 1:50...
Road safety issues concerning the blind you say......