Riding a bicycle to work, school, and errands has a lot of upsides; you’ll lose weight, you’ll save money, you’ll experience the thrill of being nearly killed by idiots on a regular basis. But it will not make you fashion forward. Unless you’ve got the Eclaireur, from Esthete.
Fashion On Wheels
Esthete’s mission is to make cyclists look less like total dorks, which is admittedly a hard job since so many cyclists are convinced they look amazing in stretch pants. Hint: No, you don’t. But the Eclaireur is actually a pretty good winter jacket, on or off your bike, and it looks really good.
First, the cyclist part; this jacket has LEDs embedded in it, controllable from a switch tucked inside the jacket, that you can flip on at a moment’s notice. The line of LEDs on the back glows red, while the ones on the front glow white. Also useful are the black reflective stripes sewn onto the jacket and the reflective yellow armband that you can remove at a moment’s notice. The only thing it needs is sewn-in body armor, and it’d be the perfect cycling safety item.
And the outside is nice too. In addition to the fashionable design, it’s got built in thumb openings, vents you can open or close with a zipper, and a polyester shell with a SympaTex membrane that makes the jacket windproof, waterproof, and yet breathable at the same time.
Needless to say, however, a jacket this nice that will keep you visible isn’t exactly cheap. In fact, it’ll run you about $800 to get this onto your shoulders. On the other hand, ask yourself this: Would you rather be seen in public wearing a fashionable jacket with some discreet LEDs? Or would you rather be seen in public wearing bicycle shorts?
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.