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Gear For Safe Night Running

High Visibility Running Gear That Keeps You Safe (And Seen) When It's Dark Outside

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Lindsey Emery is a health and fitness writer based in Portland, Oregon. She was the senior fitness editor at "Fitness" magazine, and now writes for "Fitness," "Runner's World," "Self," "Shape," "Bicycling," espnW, "Details," menshealth.com and other publications. Emery has a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Gear For Safe Night Running
Bright colored reflective clothing makes low light runs safer. Photo Credit Istock Photo

Overview

To beat the heat, we often go running early in the morning or late in the evening. But before you start logging miles at dawn and/or dusk, you need to lighten up a little bit first: High visibility and reflective apparel is absolutely necessary for staying safe (and seen) on the road. And while poster board pink, highlighter yellow and day-glow orange may not be our favorite colors in the world, we do think there are some pretty sweet, stay-safe options out there these days. Here are a few of the coolest, brightest pieces we could find. (Women's gear listed first, men's begins about halfway down the page.)

FOR HER

Gear For Safe Night Running
Brooks Nightlife Equilibrium Top Photo Credit Photo Caption Brooks Nightlife Equilibrium Top Photo Credit Photo Credit Brooks Running Apparel

1. Reflectivi-tee

Gear For Safe Night Running
New Balance Tri-Viz Cap Photo Credit Photo Caption New Balance Tri-Viz Cap Photo Credit Photo Credit New Balance

Keep your top half in view with help from Brooks’ Nightlife Equilibrium SS shirt. The lightweight, fitted, buttery soft tee is available in two fun, but loud colors (green and yellow/black) and offers 360 degrees of reflectivity, so you can be seen from all angles, at all times. It also has strategically placed mesh (under your arms and along your back) for added breathability and flat seams for chafe-free runs. Also available in men’s. $40, brooksrunning.com

Head Gear

Gear For Safe Night Running
Saucony Ethereal Vest Photo Credit Photo Caption Saucony Ethereal Vest Photo Credit Photo Credit Saucony

If you want to see in the dark, just put a lid on it. New Balance’s Tri-Viz Cap features L.E.D. lights under its brim that shine at three different levels (low, medium and high), plus a hard-to-miss hot pink border. This light, part-mesh hat wicks sweat away fast, keeping your head comfortable day and night. Also available in men’s. $30, newbalance.com

3. Pretty in Pink

Gear For Safe Night Running
Asics Lite-Show Photo Credit Photo Caption Asics Lite-Show Photo Credit Photo Credit Asics

The Saucony Ethereal Vest is perfect for dark, slightly chilly days when you want an extra layer (and a pop of color) on your run. Available in ViziPro pink or orange, this vest’s bright fabric is proven to keep you safe and more visible in the dark. It’s wind- and water-resistant, features a rechargeable USB L.E.D. light on the bottom right and has hints of reflectivity all over. It also features two zippered front pockets. Also available in men’s (Epic Run Vest). $80, saucony.com

4. Bold Briefs

Gear For Safe Night Running
Amphipod 360-degree Full-Viz Reflective Belt Photo Credit Photo Caption Amphipod 360-degree Full-Viz Reflective Belt Photo Credit Photo Credit Amphipod

With reflective, flatlock stitching along its front and back, the Asics Lite-Show 5” Shorts let your lower body shine. The breathable, fast-drying pair features a small key pocket in its lightweight liner. Also available in men’s. $42, asicsamerica.com

5. Wrap Star

Create a circle of light around your waist when you slip on Amphipod’s 360-degree Full-Viz Reflective Belt. This stretchy, bright yellow accessory contains a 4.5 x 2-inch pocket that’s perfect for stashing your MP3 player, keys and ID. One size fits most. $20, rei.com

FOR HIM

Gear For Safe Night Running
Nike Sphere Men's Running Shirt Photo Credit Photo Caption Nike Sphere Men's Running Shirt Photo Credit Photo Credit Nike

1. Mellow Yellow

Gear For Safe Night Running
Adidas adiViz Vest Photo Credit Photo Caption Adidas adiViz Vest Photo Credit Photo Credit Adidas

With a high-visibility color and reflective details around your torso, the Nike Sphere Men’s Running Shirt will help you stay light on top. It’s incredibly lightweight, wicks moisture away quickly, has breathable mesh placed where you need it most and features flat, anti-chafe seams. $42, store.nike.com

2. Safety Patrol

Gear For Safe Night Running
Princeton Tec's Byte Headlamp Photo Credit Photo Caption Princeton Tec's Byte Headlamp Photo Credit Photo Credit Princeton Tec

The Adidas adiViz Vest keeps you warm, bright and protected from bad weather on the road. It’s wind- and water-resistant, quick-drying, form-fitting and so fluorescent that it practically glows in the dark. The vest also features reflective piping and two front zip pockets to help stash your small stuff. $65, adidas.com

3. Night Light

Gear For Safe Night Running
Nathan Photon L.E.D. Vest Photo Credit Photo Caption Nathan Photon L.E.D. Vest Photo Credit Photo Credit Nathan Sports

Keep your eyes focused on the path ahead with help from Princeton Tec’s Byte headlamp. It provides the benefits of both a superbright L.E.D. light and a softer, red L.E.D. light to enhance your vision in the dark, but all that power is packed into a really small package (just 64 grams), so it won’t weigh you down while you run. The Byte is battery-charged and comes in a few fun colors. One size fits all. $20, princetontec.com

4. Glow Sticks

Gear For Safe Night Running
Pearl Izumi SyncroFuel Road II Photo Credit Photo Caption Pearl Izumi SyncroFuel Road II Photo Credit Photo Credit Pearl Izumi

Never get caught in the dark again. The Nathan Photon L.E.D. Vest provides up to 1,200 feet of visibility. It features two removable L.E.D. strips (with three different light settings) on its front panels, attachment points where you can place additional L.E.D. lights, and 360 degrees of reflectivity. The light, breathable mesh vest also includes a zippered front pocket and a hidden key pocket. One size fits most. $35, nathansports.com

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