Shine Like A Beacon With This Reflective Running Gear
Wearing the right clothes can make a difference on every run you embark on, but it’s especially important in the winter when you need to stay warm (but not sweaty) and visible if you’re training after dark.
If you scoff at the idea of taking your running indoors during the cold season, or worse still, giving up the sport altogether until the spring, then the gear below will see you shine through your night runs this winter.
Asics Lite-Show SS Top
Strategically placed strips of reflective material on the front, back and arms of this T-shirt ensure that some part of it will shine whatever direction light strikes it from. The fabric is lightweight so it’s a tee that’s best worn on autumnal evenings rather than in the depths of winter, unless you’re a runner who toughs it out in one flimsy layer all year round.
Buy from Asics | £40
dhb Flashlight Thermal Gilet
Gilets are an underrated item of clothing in all walks of life, but runners in particular should ensure they have one in their wardrobe for winter, because they keep your core warm without the same risk of overheating that comes with wearing a full jacket. This gilet has reflective details dotted all over it so you can be seen from all angles, and the fluorescent colour means you’re just as easy to spot during the day as well.
Buy from Wiggle | £50
Kalenji Retro-Reflective Headband
The entire back and sides of this headband are made from reflective material, and even the front section has a reflective logo on it. The warm fabric is also windproof, ensuring your noggin is as snug as it is visible during frosty winter runs.
Buy from Decathlon | £2.99
R-Xyster Multi Buff
You should never leave the house for a winter run without a Buff, because its adaptable design means it can be used to keep your neck, head or ears warm, or even cover all three at the same time. The R-Xyster Multi design has reflective stripes running down the centre of the Buff, helping to keep you visible no matter how you choose to wear it.
Buy from Buff | £21.50
GripGrab Running Expert Hi-Vis Gloves
Is there such a thing as being too visible? These gloves certainly flirt with the idea with their fluorescent yellow and reflective design. The gloves have touchscreen-friendly sections on the index finger and thumb so you can use your phone without taking them off and exposing your mitts to the frosty air.
Buy from Wiggle | £34.95
Proviz REFLECT360 Running Jacket
No-one does reflective gear quite like Proviz, which embeds millions of tiny beads in its clothes so they flare up the moment any light falls upon them. This jacket is designed for cold-weather running, so can be a tad sweaty if you push the pace, but for easy night runs there’s no better option for increasing your visibility.
Buy from Proviz | £84.99
2XU Reflect Compression Tights
If you reach for your running tights the moment the weather turns frosty – and it’s an eminently reasonable thing to do – these ones, which have reflective detailing around the calf and shin, are a great choice. The tight compression will also help get the blood pumping when you warm up in cold conditions.
Buy from Amazon | £90
CEP Nighttech Socks
If full tights aren’t for you, these knee-length compression socks, which have reflective dots up the backs, might be more up your street. As well as compressing your calves, the Nighttech socks also fit very snugly around the foot to help avoid blisters.
Buy from CEP Sports | £39.99
Proviz REFLECT360 Running Backpack
If you’re a run commuter then half the reflective details on your jacket can be covered up by a backpack, so it’s wise to make said backpack reflective too. Proviz’s running backpack is lightweight, has adjustable straps so you can set it up to fit closely and not bounce while running, and the back panel is made from reflective fabric.
Buy from Proviz | £49.99
Karrimor Flashing Band
A cheap and simple solution to your visibility concerns is to pick up four of these reflective bands – which have a flashing light built in – and strap them around your wrists and ankles.
Buy from Karrimor | £5.99 each