Hi-viz Kit Be seen at all times
Brilliant kit to make sure you dazzle on dark winter runs
1 NEW BALANCE BEACON JACKET
£165, newbalance.co.uk This is on the pricey side, but worth the investment – it’s waterproof and windproof, down to the tapes and seams. And you won’t struggle to be seen, thanks to the glow trim on the front and the reflective pattern on both arms.
2 RONHILL VIZION RADIANCE JACKET
£100, ronhill.com There’s more to this jacket than just the fluoro feature – although that definitely helps you be seen from a fair distance. It comes with 360-degree reflective detailing and two LED lights, which can be attached to the front and back. It’s also weather-resistant.
3 DHB RUN REFLECTIVE JACKET
£45, wiggle.co.uk In terms of weatherproofing this is better suited to light rain and/ or moderate wind than to anything biblical, but the star of the show is the all-over reflective pattern, which gives you brilliant visibility for such a modest price. But it’s quite rustly, so you’ve no chance of quietly catching up on another runner.
4 PEARL IZUMI PURSUIT SOFTSHELL JACKET
£199.99, madison.co.uk Soft, fluffy and warm on the inside; tough, gritty and weather-defeating on the outside. The streamlined cut of this is not especially forgiving, but if you’re a slimmer runner it will feel as if it’s part of you. A zip pocket on the left arm will take a standardsized mobile phone.
5 CRAFT MIND REFLECTIVE TIGHTS
£59.99, zalando.co.uk Suitable for less fierce winter conditions, these lightweight tights are a decent mid-range option for the price, offering a looser cut on the leg, a durable polyesterand-elastane weave, and a reflective-square design that makes these one big mass of shimmering silver.
6 2XU HYOPTIK COMPRESSION TIGHTS
£75, 2xu.com A great next-to-skin layer with moisture-wicking, antibacterial fabric, plus flatlock seams to prevent chafing. Reflective logos keep you visible when training in low light, while there’s compressive support for the glute, quad, hamstring and calf muscles, and graduated compression to promote blood flow.
7 ASICS LITE-SHOW WINTER TIGHT
£48, asics.co.uk These feature what Asics calls ‘stealth reflectivity’ on the legs. What that means is that the reflective dots look a sober grey until they’re hit with light – at which point they get to worky. Cutting through the jargon, these are a good option for those who want running tights that look, well, normal, in daylight. They also feature a wide waistband with a soft draw cord.
8 LULULEMON SPEED TIGHT (SPLATTER)
£258, lululemon.co.uk No, it’s not a typo – these tights really will set you back – a lot. For that, though, you get an extremely well constructed and comfortable piece of kit: flatlock seams, great breathability, a wide waistband, ergonomic cut, thick and stretchy fabric, and 360-degree reflectivity that’s among the most effective we’ve ever come across.
9 RONHILL VIZION RADIANCE TIGHT
£50, ronhill.com As well as fluoro logo and zip sections, the lower legs of these tights have a reflective pattern wrapping all the way round the shin and calf. The material, which has a very high elastane content, offers a four-way stretch to ensure the tights move easily with you instead of constricting, and there’s a handy zip pocket on the rear. The elasticated hem also helps keep them in place.
10 ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE HIGH-VIS LEDVEST
Thanks to adjustable side straps, this will fit over the top of even the bulkiest of outer wear. It’s made from durable nylon and offers triple-visibility protection: high-vis orange strips, reflective sections and flashing LED lights on the front and back.
11 SEALSKINZ HALO RUNNING GLOVE
£22.75, Sealskinz has not only produced a temperatureregulating thermal glove that is entirely waterproof, but the flashing LED lights and reflective detailing on the backs of the hands make them perfect for lowlight running.
12 PROVIZ REFLECT360 WATERPROOF DOG JACKET
If you take your pooch with you on your evening runs, use this Velcro attachment jacket from high-viz specialists Proviz to make sure they’re as easy to see as you are. When lights strike the jacket, your dog will have nowhere to hide.
13 LED BEANIE HAT
£9.99, Thick and toasty, this hat is best kept for the coldest days. It’s one-size-fits-all and the removable bright white light on the front is an innovative addition to your night-time-running winter wardrobe.
14 NATHAN ORION STROBE LED LIGHT
£28, apex-sports.co.uk A unisex belt with a small but powerful white light, as well as three strobes to let everyone know where you are. Attach it to a backpack or wear it round your waist. It recharges with a USB.
15 PROVIZ REFLECT360 RUCKSACK
£69.99, provizsports.com Sometimes it’s a bit of a faff having to wrap a high-vis cover on your backpack before you run home. With this backpack you don’t have to. It’s highly reflective, water-resistant and has a padded back, chest and waist straps.
16 LITTLE MONSTER SAFETY LED LIGHT COLLAR
£8.50, petspyjamas.com Deck out your dog with a bit of winter bling – this durable nylon collar has LED lights that operate on three settings: daytime (off), static or flashing. Perfect for night-time adventures with your four-legged friend.
17 CRAFT BE ACTIVE THERMAL GLOVE
£15, wiggle.co.uk Touchscreen-friendly, high-vis, reflective, thermal, fitted, stretchy and with a towelling section on the thumb to wipe away sweat, these gloves have an abundance of features.