How difficult to clean a White or W/B jacket? - Honda CTX1300 Forum
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How difficult to clean a White or W/B jacket?

Considering the outside possibility of getting a White and Black jacket to replace my current all black jacket. My ride is white as is my current helmet.
White is considered a good visibility following Hi-Viz. Some safety organizations consider white to be better than simply yellow. All jackets I am considering have retro-reflective stripes.
I am actually leaning more toward Hi-Viz but the model jacket I like (TM Pivot) is getting hard to find in my size and is a discontinued model. The second choice (TM Intake Air 5.0) has some Hi-Viz but their White/Black model has more of the white than the Hi-Viz has of the Hi-Viz color.

I am expecting that this color would really get dingy fast and show more dirt than other colors (Correct me if wrong there?). Not so sure it would be all that different than Hi-Viz panels though. I know that most jackets with Hi-Viz panels do fade, at least the Hi-Viz parts, after a little time.
But wondering for those who have a jacket of this color... How hard is it to clean and how do you go about it?

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Have a Sedici Arturo jacket. It’s a silverish/whiteish with black accents. Had it a year and a half. Worn it for about 11,000 miles. Been washed once. Came surprisingly clean! About time to wash it again. Doesn’t really get dingy, per se. Mostly bug splatters on shoulders, and ring-around-the-collar. Even dirty, it looks good from 20 feet!!!!
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I ride 85% of the time in my Rev-It wind jacket in the mostly white color scheme.

1) white in Arizona just makes sense
2) lightweight with protection

it does get grimy/dingy ~once every 6 months with heavy riding. I simply take the protection pieces out and throw it in the washer by itself. Heavy cycle + large cycle + warm water + detergent + oxyclean type product and it comes out like day one new - no problems.
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I actually have the Tourmaster Intake Air 5.0, TM Draft Air 3.0, TM Transition 4, and the Helite Turtle 2, and the four are Hi-Viz.

I do not feel that they get dingy except maybe a tad bit around the collar or neck line.

I wash them gently at the "end" of the riding season, if necessary; and I do ride year-round and in the rain. Even by the end of the riding season, from a short distance, I do not feel any soiled appearance is apparent.

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