Proviz’s reputation is built on highly reflective clothing that will ensure you’re visible both in low-light conditions and on the darkest nights, keeping you safer on the road.
Its new Platinum jacket is intended to add another element to that, with a technical design that’ll also keep you warm on the coldest of rides.
The jacket’s main body is made from Repreve PET, a polyester-like material constructed solely from recycled plastic bottles.
This is wrapped around a flexible thermal fabric, which means it moves and stretches as you do.
To add warmth, the front chest panel and the back are lined with a quilted DuPont synthetic down, which did a good job of keeping me warm.
In spite of the name, this isn’t purely a jacket for when you’re riding an electric bike, and it’s just as effective on leisurely, low-intensity rides.
This makes the Platinum well suited to commuting, shopping trips and the school run.
I also found it extremely breathable for such a warm jacket, and though it’s not designed to compete with the best waterproof jackets, I was impressed by its resistance to light rain and road spray.
If anything, the cut is too generous: the torso is quite boxy and bulky, and I had no trouble fitting it over a big sweatshirt with room to spare.
The length is good and the drop tail with shock-cord tensioning is excellent. While there’s plenty of stretch to the arms, and they do stay in place if you make use of the thumb loops, the sleeves feel extremely short.
The huge swathes of ISO 20471-rated Reflect360 material make this a jacket you simply can’t be ignored in by other road users, which is its raison d’etre and the most compelling reason to buy it.
It’s very well put together and has a wealth of features, but my large test sample was too oddly proportioned for me to really recommend it.
This genuinely is one to try before you buy, or to check the returns policy if buying online.