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Run4It Journal  •  Running Gear •  30.10.2020 •  7 min read

The best reflective running gear for runs in the dark

The clocks have gone back. The days are getting shorter and darker. And the chances are you've already been running in the dark, but perhaps not as safely as you could be!

Before dashing out, we recommend checking whether you're wearing the right gear and taking the necessary precautions, to stay safe on the roads and trails.

Our Reflective Running gear category features a great range of reflective running gear to help you see and be seen. In this article, we take a look at the key seasonal pieces from our reflective running gear range – specifically designed to enhance your visibility so you can run in the dark safely this winter.

Reflective Running Gear

Bright fluorescent clothing or clothing featuring iridescent details and reflective panels or strips will give you the greatest chance of being seen by motorists and pedestrians – making for a safer and more enjoyable running experience.

Ronhill Life Nightrunner Collection

Ronhill’s Life Nightrunner collection features a reflective jacket, long sleeve top and tights, with the option of shorts for men.

Male and female models wearing Ronhill Life Nightrunner Jackets

The standout piece for the Autumn/Winter 2021 season, the Life Nightrunner Jacket is lightweight, water resistant and highly reflective. It features an iridescent reflective print that provides 360 degree reflectivity. The roll away hood provides extra protection if required and a secure pocket provides somewhere to store keys and essentials. The jacket comes in multiple colours, including navy, teal and pink for women, and navy and fluoro yellow for men.

The Life Nightrunner Tight is the perfect companion to the Life Nightrunner Jacket. Its fabric is brushed to provide extra warmth and offer maximum reflectivity with iridescent print around the ankles and calves. For gents whose legs don't feel the cold, there's the Life Nightrunner Short.

The Life Nightrunner Half Zip provides amazing reflectivity in low light conditions too. It is made from a soft, polyester lightweight fabric that is comfortable and easy to wear.

Brooks Run Visible Collection

Featuring high-contrast, high-visibility colours and reflective material, the Run Visible collection is perfect for the short winter days, whether you’re an early morning runner or prefer to train at night.

Model wearing a Brooks women's Carbonite Running Jacket

The Carbonite Running Jacket is reflective and breathable with wind and water protection. Reflective strips placed in critical motion zones at the elbows, wrists and ankles, ensure drivers will recognise you as a runner in motion.

Team with the matching Brooks Carbonite Tight or Short for extra shine!

Men's Nike Run Division Collection

For stylish subtle details and reflectivity, look no further than our Men's Nike Run Division collection, perfect for urban running.

The Dri-Fit Run Division Flex Stride 5BF Shorts deliver sweat-wicking comfort and breathability. Featuring an all over geometric graphic, which looks stylish in daylight and provides subtle reflectivity when seen in the dark.

Ideal for training in, the Men's Run Division Rise 365 Flash GX SS is a versatile lightweight layer using top-of-the-line Nike Dri-FIT Technology to keep you dry and comfortable so you can work harder for longer. There's a reflective graphic woven into the front chest and a dropped back hem extends coverage for a stylish silhouette.

GORE® Wear athlete wearing running in an GORE® Wear R5 GTX I Insulated Jacket
Image by GORE® Wear

Lights & Reflective Accessories

Reflective clothing isn’t the only way to light up the streets or trails when running in the dark. Add reflective accessories to any outfit to make yourself more visible in all light conditions.

Hats & Gloves

Kill two birds with one stone and stay warm and visible with thermal hats, gloves and headbands featuring reflective strips and patterns.


For added visibility, wear lights on your body or attached to a running belt or backpack. Light armbands and shoe clips are a winning combination! Lights are easy for pedestrians and cars to spot in the dark because the lights move with your arms and legs while you run.

Head Torches

Running in the dark sometimes requires additional lighting to help you see. A head torch will light the way whether you run on partially lit streets or on dark remote trails. We stock our pick of the best headlamps for running, from world-leading safety equipment manufacturer Petzl and lesser-known brand Knog.


We stock a variety of headlamps from Petzl's Classic, Active and Performance lines, powered by either conventional batteries or the Petzl Core rechargeable battery. The different models feature different levels of brightness and lighting strengths, all easily controlled with a single button. Some are suitable for wearing around the neck too.


Knog offer a broad range of streamlined, USB rechargeable silicone head lamps. Their lightweight design makes them perfect for a wide range of outdoor activities and the silicone strap allows a great fit around your head or neck.

Don’t judge them by their size, with their optimally placed LEDs, they will light up the way without problems!

Equipping yourself with some reflective running gear will help you stay safe and visible, allowing you to make the most of running in winter. Check out our Safety tips for running in the dark article for some simple precautions you can take to stay safe and run with confidence after dark.

Runners wearing Petzl Head Torches on a night run
Photo by Petzl
Reflective strips placed in critical motion zones at the elbows, wrists and ankles, ensure drivers will recognise you as a runner in motion.

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