PROVIZ REFLECT 360
The new run bag from the masters of reflectivity
Proviz are best known for reflective cycle gear, and they’ve taken their knowhow from the Reflect360 cycling backpack and refined it to make this run-specific version. It’s smaller in volume with a 10L capacity. Or in triathlete terms, there’s room for a towel, swimming costume and drinks bottle plus a packable rain jacket. Where it cleverly maximises space is the large pockets either side of the waist straps, which can house a phone and small wallet/purse.
The reflectivity makes you remarkably visible in car headlights from quite some distance, meaning there’s little need for extra reflective products when run commuting with this backpack – making that price tag much better bang for your buck. The back section is vented and does a good job of cooling you down, but we found it lacked the form fitting of trail-specific backpacks.
Though it’s compatible with a hydration bladder, the bulkiness of the waist straps, due to strategically-placed storage areas, and the rigidity of the back section, make the Reflect360 more of a commuter’s backpack, and we wouldn’t use it for ultra-running.
The vertical straps also left us with quite a lot of excess fabric and, coupled with the horizontal straps that are similarly difficult to tuck away, they can get in the way while you run. Those small issues aside, the Reflect 360 ticks most of the boxes for steady jogs to work or the gym, ensuring you stay seen in the dark. JS provizsports.com