Product Review: GoVivo Reflective Vest

Lots of bloggers regularly get sent all kinds of awesome cool stuff to test. Not me. I’ve never been sent anything cool to test. I was once offered a car for the weekend but that felt so preposterous that (to the Husband’s dismay) I had to turn it down. You all know how much I love my Honda Fit. Me saying ‘yes, I loved that free Mercedes’ might be slightly disingenuous.

(It definitely wasn’t a Merc BTW and if it had been a Ford Thunderbird my ethics would have been out the window in a heartbeat!)

But a few weeks ago, I was invited to choose from a range of products produced by GoVivo and review them. There were some products that looked decent, they were the kind of thing I would buy at the price I would pay for them, so I said yes thank you and a few weeks ago, my chosen product arrived.

All of the above to say that I was given this product free of charge to test. Before accepting the product, I clarified I wouldn’t publish a rave review if I didn’t like the product and I definitely  haven’t been paid for this post. 

The product I chose was the reflective safety vest because it was something I’d been considering buying for a while. I run a lot in the darkness of the early mornings. I have some flashing lights that I love but more reflectiveness is always better than less reflectiveness. I’ve worn a reflective vest in the past, I own one by Nathan, but I really hate it. It’s loose and flappy, hard to put on and awkward to wear… so I just don’t wear it. Therefore my criteria to judge this vest was:

  • is it easy to put on and take off?
  • does it sit snugly whilst I run?
  • does it make me shine like a star in headlights?
  • does it fit a 5’1 woman, a 6’4 man and (ideally) a 4’3 child?
  • would it also work on the bike?
  • do I like it enough to wear every dark run?
  • is it good value?
  • do I like it enough that I would actually buy it?

The good news is YES to all the above!

Unlike my Nathan vest which you have to wiggle into and that I hate, this one is very easy to get into. The straps can be tightened to sit snugly and when I’ve run in it, it hasn’t bounced or chafed at all.

It also definitely makes me shine like a star in headlights.

MOST impressively, it does fit the Husband, the Dude AND me! Seriously. We cover the entire height spectrum and we can all wear it…and have all worn it.

reflective us family

Does it work on the bike? Yes. Unlike my old one, this one can be adjusted very easily so it fits over your cycling clothes, no matter how many layers you wear. My son/stoker modeled it on our cycling weekend.

Do I like it enough to wear it on every dark run? Yes. Yes I do. It’s easy, comfy and I feel safer wearing it.

Is it good value? Yes. It’s $12.99 – feels like a solid price to me.

Do I like it enough to actually pay for it? Yes. Definitely. I’m actually buying it for someone for their Christmas present…it may be YOU!!!!

GoVivo take better photos than I do. Source
GoVivo take better photos than I do.

So that’s the truth. There are many reflective vests out there, but if you’re in the market for one, I’d wholeheartedly recommend this one.

Thanks to GoVivo for sending me this product. I really liked it!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Very cool review and I love the picture of the three of you in the vest!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks…I like that photo too.

  2. Nic J says:

    Interesting that it’s a ‘Sam Brown’ style of straps rather than a vest or jacket. Not something I’d considered before. I run in a yellow mesh jacket (think almost string vest) which is v lightweight but a bit flappy. Does it just clip on?

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yes, you put it on like a waistcoat and then clip it at the front. You can see the clip in the photo of me at the top. It cinches in really snugly. My old one sounds the same as yours and it’s very flappy. I much prefer this one. You can buy it on amazon UK but it’s ridiculously expensive, I guess the distributers think they can make more in the UK. Let me know if you want me to buy it here and send it over.

      1. Nic J says:

        The joy of the sales at this time of year – just ordered one for £12! Thanks for the offer though! Xx

  3. Angela says:

    I have a different but similar one, and definitely one of my smarter purchases! As we are now entering reflective vest season, it skeeves me out a little to think of all the years I ran in SF in the dark without one ….. D:

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yeah, me too. I’ve been very lackadaisical in the past. Nina Running is never a good idea.

  4. Judith says:

    Is the vest for me??? hahahahahah

    1. Cathryn says:

      Hahahaha. You wait and see.

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