I was a little worried about ironing my technical gear - I had an unfortunate incident with a new dress and a hot iron shortly after I was married that resulted in a melted dress, along with a bit of apprehension whenever I iron anything that isn't 100% cotton, so I did a little test run just to be sure my clothes would survive the iron, and they did. After that? The fun began! Simple directions come with the transfers, plus there are a couple of short videos on the ION website - this was very easy to do. I started out with the Runner Girl - I placed her front and center on my (boring) white technical shirt, and began to iron on the transfer:
Use a medium-heat setting, no steam, and iron for 20-25 seconds...
Allow to cool for 20-30 seconds, then carefully peel off the plastic film. If it's not adhered completely, just iron again. After the plastic film is off, iron the design again for another 20 seconds, and boom - you're done! So easy.
Left - regular light; Right - with the flash. Yes, I'd say this shows up nicely!
My shirt is not boring anymore, and I have a lot more confidence that I'll be seen when I'm running before dawn!
I was given a sheet of flower iron-ons, and cut it apart to use on my purple jacket and a pair of capris. I LOVE how the silver looks on the darker fabrics, plus, I'll be more apt to wear this jacket now that you can see me:
There's one more flower on the back center of the jacket...you can be as creative as you'd like with the placement.
Pictures, without and with flash (simulating a car's headlights when I'm running toward it):
I feel much better about running in the dark with this amount of reflection on my clothing. I'd pretty much stopped wearing this purple jacket because it was so dark, so adding these reflective transfers has expanded my wardrobe, which I love.
I wore this outfit for a test run and then washed everything (turn garments inside-out, hang to dry) and the IONs stayed on - however, if they do start to peel, you can simply iron them again and that should do the trick. Obviously I don't have long-term wear experience with these, but I'm really impressed that for a few bucks (prices range from $4 - $12), I can make my clothes reflective and give myself a much safer running experience. Plus, the designs are really cute - and not everything is girl-centric...there are some that Jeff picked out, too.
Would you like to win an ION design of your choice? Just leave me a comment telling me which one - go here to check out your options. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents (for a change, the company is in Canada, woohoo!) - I'll announce the winner on Friday. If you want to go ahead and order some IONs, they're offering a 15% discount with the code "Holidays2013" (excludes custom designs). Free shipping is also available on orders over $30.
FTC: I received three ION transfers for free...which did not influence my opinion - but I love this product!