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Planning a trip to the Blue Zoo (aka Air Force Academy). Its a military site with high profile vest requirement. Does any Hi Vis vest work or can someone recommend a no hassle vest that they have used in the past that meets all requirements, and fits over the required clothing.
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Most military bases require helmet with face shield or goggles( windshield does not count) long sleeves and some sort of reflective vest or jacket.

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They're not real picky. Even a reflecrive bright green / orange belt worn cross-body works. Over the ankle boots required.

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They all left out gloves also. Just AGATT will work. If your rain gear is yellow or orange just put it on before you get there.


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I purchased a really nice hi-viz reflective vest from Cycle Gear that I now wear over my leather riding jacket at all times. The vest has 2 chest pockets, the one on the right side holds my wallet and isn't a see thru pocket but the one on the left side has a see thru cover that I usually keep my Nat. Park Pass in. Didn't break the bank either.

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I purchased a really nice hi-viz reflective vest from Cycle Gear that I now wear over my leather riding jacket at all times. The vest has 2 chest pockets, the one on the right side holds my wallet and isn't a see thru pocket but the one on the left side has a see thru cover that I usually keep my Nat. Park Pass in. Didn't break the bank either.


Bet I have the same one. I wear it all the time over my winter jacket. For summer I have a Klim hi-viz jacket.


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Planning a trip to the Blue Zoo (aka Air Force Academy). Its a military site with high profile vest requirement. Does any Hi Vis vest work or can someone recommend a no hassle vest that they have used in the past that meets all requirements, and fits over the required clothing.
Probably a stupid question but What is DOD ?

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Probably a stupid question but What is DOD ?
Dept. of Defense = Military folk.

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Varies a bit by service and base. Always good to check.

I googled "air force academy base access motorcycle" and came right here: http://www.usafa.af.mil/About-Us/Visitor-Information/

Two weekends ago I was staying overnight at Aberdeen Proving Ground (Army). I am generally fully ATGATT'd up but realized at the last minute that I was wearing my dark jacket (usually have a hi-viz, not that day) and didn't have any goofy reflective stuff with me. I thought I was going to have to go hunt for stuff, but the gate guard didn't blink an eye, just moved me through.

I have seen some folks with some pretty deluxe reflective vests that clearly weren't cheap. Seems crazy to me. If you want a hi-viz jacket, get one. If not, then make do with any econo belt or vest thing that gets you through the door and take it off as soon as you leave base.

I'm glad you posted this because it reminds me to run downstairs and stick my cheapo reflector belt in my saddlebag, because I'll be back at Aberdeen in a week.


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You have to be conscious of individual base-rules regarding moto gear.

Where I live, one base only requires long sleeve, another reflectives, at one point they were even checking that you had a card that showed you passed a safety motorcycle school.

Boots over the ankle, gloves, DOD approved, and eyes covered are standards.

If they said they want a reflective vest, then get one. Military entry can be very pickie. Most are scanning your id nowadays.

The Marine base here requires a vehicle sticker now...again...they did away with them a while back...but they are back in security vogue now.

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