A light in the dark - the RYZON way
We athletes become almost invisible in the dark season. In order to be able to safely pursue our passion even on short days and in difficult weather conditions, we have to be seen out there. Making athletes visible - that was our credo when developing the new Lumina Reflective Rain Bike Jacket.
Our Tech Lab faced a particular challenge. Because RYZON stands for simple designs and colors that are not obtrusive. So how do we create something that visually attracts a lot of attention, but at the same time meets our design standards? The aim was to develop something that both fulfills the function of visibility and corresponds to the RYZON DNA.
A jacket made of glass
In the search for a suitable material, the Tech Lab quickly came across glass - a material that is also used as standard to increase road safety. In the form of so-called retroreflectors, it ensures that reflectors, obstacles, traffic signs and lane markings are clearly visible in headlights at night.
When applying the lane markings, for example, the finest glass beads are scattered into the marking paint while it is still wet, which then reflects the headlights. The principle of retroreflection ensures particularly good visibility here, as the majority of the incident light rays are reflected in the direction from which they came – namely towards the driver.
The same principle is now applied to the Lumina Reflective Bike Rain Jacket. Microscopically small glass particles are incorporated into the membrane of the jacket. When illuminated, the glass particles reflect the incident light. The jacket thus ensures optimal visibility during training in the morning and evening hours or in poor weather conditions that limit visibility. So we can concentrate on the essentials: the moments that we experience during training in this special time of the year.
Braving the elements
The answer for rainy rides in the dark season. The Lumina Reflective Bike Rain Jacket not only offers optimal visibility in poor visibility, but also rain protection and high breathability. This is ensured by the special construction of the 3-layer fabric from Italy. The microscopic small glass particles are incorporated in the middle of the three layers. In addition, the transparent upper material provides reliable protection against rain and wind. If the jacket looks rather inconspicuous in daylight, it shines particularly brightly in the dark and when the light shines in. A soft mesh is processed inside the jacket, which allows the jacket to lie comfortably on the skin even during intensive rides.
The three-layer construction enables high breathability despite the rain and windproof properties, so that moisture can escape from the inside to the outside. The small pack size makes it possible to stow the Lumina Reflective Bike Rain Jacket safely in the jersey pocket, so that you are prepared for any change in the weather. The reflective rain jacket is made in Italy.
More to come
The reflective cycling jacket is the first product in the Lumina Series. This year there will be a second jacket in the series, the Lumina Reflectiv Athletic Rain Jacket. Stay tuned!