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by Shane Stokes
November 1, 2017
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New London-based clothing brand Métier launched two garments with integrated LED lights last week, a jacket (250£/US$330/AU$430) and a gilet (180£/US$237/AU$310) both called Beacon. CyclingTips has a sample of the Beacon jacket and will be testing it over the coming weeks.
Métier’s first collection is focused on foul-weather but eschews hi-vis colors in favor of a sleek, black, race-fit look. Both the jacket and gilet rely instead on a hefty dose of reflective material and three sets of bright, built-in LEDs for visibility.
Both the jacket and the gilet house integrated 160-lumen white lights on the front of the shoulders and 22-lumen red lights on the tail. The lights are activated using a small battery/switch box tucked into a slot near the right pocket and can be set to slow flash (up to 72 hours ride time), fast flash (same run time), and constant (up to 12 hours ride time). The control unit is removable and charges via mini USB in three hours.
Métier uses a four-way-stretch, hydrophobic fabric that allows for a close, tailored fit more akin to a long sleeve jersey than a traditional jacket. Think Castelli Gabba or Rapha Shadow more so than anything made of GoreTex.
Click through to see the jacket at Metier’s website.