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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 Best for runs in the dark 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.

The standout piece for the AW20 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.

clothing featuring iridescent details and reflective panels or strips will give you the greatest chance of being seen by motorists and pedestrians

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 Long Sleeve Tee provides amazing reflectivity in low light conditions too. It is made of 100% recycled polyester and works well as a base layer under a jacket or standalone layer in milder conditions,

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.

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!

Reflective strips placed in critical motion zones at the elbows, wrists and ankles, ensure drivers will recognise you as a runner in motion.

Besides clothes, the Run Visible collection brings us reflective versions of some of Brooks’ most popular neutral shoes. This winter, enjoy the softness of the Ghost 13 and Glycerin 18, and springiness of the Levitate 4, while staying safe and visible!

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 Challenger 7″ Flash 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 Miler Flash GX Long Sleeve Tee 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. The subtle styling with the reflective Nike Running logo across the back and muted colours will keep you looking sharp on your run and inspired to take on the streets after dark.

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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.

Lights are easy for pedestrians and cars to spot in the dark because the lights move with your arms and legs while you run.

Hats & Gloves

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

Lights

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.

Petzl

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

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.

Photo by Petzl