The new run bag from the mas­ters of re­flec­tiv­ity

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

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 provizs­

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