Short-sleeve jersey season has ended for most of us, but the Velocis has been a staple of my high-vis routine for the better part of this year. Kudos to Bontrager for delivering the most complete high-vis kits and lights on the market with the Velocis Halo providing both daytime visibility and nighttime reflectivity.

Bontrager Velocis Halo Jersey Features:

  • Profila Dry fabric featuring Pixel reflective technology for ultimate awareness
  • 37.5 active particle technology is faster drying, longer lasting and better for you
  • Full zip for ventilation on long climbs or warm days
  • Three open back pockets and one rear zippered sweat-proof pocket for electronics
  • Drop tail design for cycling-specific fit
  • Powerband gripper at bottom hem for a precise on bike fit
  • Fitted cut provides streamlined body fit for enhanced performance
  • MSRP: $199
Bontrager Velocis Halo Jersey

High-vis and high-tech combine for the best of both worlds.

Hello, Halo

Bontrager has been actively promoting their lights and high-vis kits for several years now. Without question, their head and tail lights (Flare R and Ion) are keeping cyclists more visible day and night. The Velocis Halo kit adds icing on the visibility cake with bright, block designs and nighttime reflectivity.

When I head out on a ride, my first thought is temperature and weather, but a close second is visibility. It’s a sad reality, but we need do do everything in our power to be seen as a hefty part of riding defensively on the roads. And, while I have a ton of jerseys at my disposal, the Velocis Halo was one of my top choices simply because it’s so darn visible.

Bontrager Velocis Halo Jersey Review

High-altitude visibility with the Velocis Halo.

Fit is stated to be “fitted”, but I really should have sized down. I’m 5’11” and 170 lbs and the Large isn’t as form-fitting as I’d like. And, during high-speed descents, it flaps around a little in the shoulders and back. It’s not terrible, but if I had the choice, I’d size down.

Bontrager Velocis Halo Jersey Review

From far off, the Velocis Halo is as visible as possible.

The rear jersey pockets are average-sized and easily-accessed in the saddle. The Velocis gets bonus points for a water-resistant phone pocket and a headphone loop (if you’re into that). With a wide waistband, it stays put well, however, the frontside tends to curve upwards like it’s happy to see me. Again, I think a Medium would cure things.

Bontrager Velocis Halo Jersey Review

The front hem seems to turn upwards as if it’s happy to see me.

Again, after a good 8 months of use, I’m not seeing any signs of wear and the fabric is not pilling anywhere. The front zipper is easily-pulled up/down with a single hand. I will add that the sleeves are a little tight, so anyone with legitimate biceps may find the fit restricting.

The Good

  • Day/night visibility
  • Quality materials have withstood a full season of abuse
  • Classic pockets are easily-reached
  • Water-resistant media pocket is nice

The Bad

  • Size down if you want a race fit
  • Front hem tends to curve upwards

The Bottom Line: Bontrager Velocis Halo Jersey

When visibility is your coal, the Velocis Halo should be your choice. Bright colors deliver daytime visibility and reflective material deliver nighttime reflectivity. Size down for a proper race fit.

Buy Now: Visit Bontrager.com (or your local Trek dealer)

 

About Author

A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 –sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah’s Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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