If you run in the dark, do you wear reflective running gear to stand out?
Kind of sounds like we're about to lecture you like a concerned parent, right?
Here's the thing...
If you want to stand out in the dark, check out these top reflective running gear picks.
It’s not easy to keep training through the changing of the seasons.
Our circadian rhythms fight us every step of the way, begging runners to put aside their ambition for a while and stay in bed.
But runners don’t tend to be the type to heed Mother Nature.
Rain, snow, sleet, violent wind…we’ll brave it all for the sake of getting our miles in. We’re nothing if not tough.
So what’s a little darkness got against us?
A lot, as it turns out. The dark poses more of a threat to everyday runners than nearly anything else in this sport.
...is to adopt an entirely new sense of fitness fashion and deck yourself out in reflective running gear.
The name says it all:
Build your own reflective running outfit.
There’s something on this list for every runner in any climate, so you won’t ever slip under the radar.
(Plus...we all love a good excuse to get more gear…so treat yourself—for safety’s sake.)
I don’t know about you, but my hands are the very first thing to get cold on a run.
That’s why the Nathan HyperNight Reflective Convertible Mitts were a no-brainer for me.
Running in the dark makes gloves a must anyway, so why not pick a pair with added benefits?
For another convertible wonder, the Run Visible jacket from Brooks takes “hands-free” to a new level.
I usually just tie my jacket around my waist as I start to heat up during a run, but I’ll inevitably whine about it coming undone or getting tangled in my legs.
I guess I’m not alone in that gripe, because Brooks thought of this ingenious jacket that transforms into an ultralight vest when you’re ready to strip down.
Okay, so this one’s more than just reflective—but it still belongs on this list.
The Noxgear Tracer 2 Vest combines LED fiber optics with reflective details for a look that’s impossible to miss in the dark.
It might feel like you’re headed to a rave rather than out on a run at first…but hey, you could probably use a little extra pep in your step anyway.
But, for those long runs that start before dawn, you might need a vest that you can actually carry things in.
The Salomon Active Skin 4 is a fan-favorite among runners because of its:
I wouldn’t want this to be the only piece of reflective gear I’m wearing, just because the tabs aren’t quite large enough to go solo,
But it’s a great addition to the getup when you need a pack anyway.
There are two types of runners when it comes to shorts:
I’m of the first camp. I don’t care if it’s blizzarding outside—my legs just want to feel free! So even when it’s cold and dark, I’ll break out the shorts nine times out of ten.
This pair from Proviz Reflect360 Running Shorts makes me feel less crazy for doing so.
If you’ve never tried a Headsweats hat, you don’t know what you’re missing.
I personally hate wearing most hats while running.
Not these. Headsweats fit like a glove and feel light as a feather, no weird air pockets or hot spots to be found.
Stride it out with comfort and confidence in the hi-vis version of this crowd-pleaser shoe from Brooks.
Everyone and their mother has heard of the Glycerin, and for good reason.
You probably won’t encounter any cars on the trail, but there are other hazards waiting for you there.
The adidas adidas Terrex Speed Ultras are speedy shoes that feature three bold reflective stripes integrated into the classic adidas logo.
Lace them up on early mornings when the pre-dawn chill motivates you to move fast on your feet.
Good company makes for the best runs.
Don’t be afraid to bring along your furry friend during your darkest runs, because they’re in good hands now too!
The Kurgo Journey Air Dog Harness will let them charge ahead to their heart’s content without getting out of control.
Either way, you won’t be fighting your pup to keep this harness on. They’ll barely remember it’s there.
Reflective trim makes anytime a good time to run together.
If you’re the DIY type, pick up a roll of Gear Aid Reflective Tenacious Tape and add your own racing stripes wherever you’d like.
You don’t have to be a seamstress to put these to good use. Just peel and stick them on your:
Choose from different shapes and designs that’ll blend right in with your gear.
You’d never know it wasn’t there to begin with.
What reflective running gear do you recommend? Tell us about it in the comments.
Kristin Kramer Great tips! I still need to stock up on more reflective/light-up gear for those dark nights. A friend and I ended up moving our Thursday nights inside for the winter - because our favorite trail was getting pretty dark and spooky (even with head lamps!) For reflective leggings, I like my Black Reflective Pocket Light n Tights from Zyia. They have a kind of all-over splatter paint pattern that really glows. I've gotten compliments on them on the trail because they're so unexpected. Love Her has some similar reflective options, too, but I haven't tried them out yet.
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