Love Jogging at Night? Here’s the Best Reflective Running Gear (Including a Few Necessary Accessories)
We’ve hit that time of year when 5 p.m. looks like 9 p.m., every single night. If you’re an evening runner, this poses a problem. You want to get your miles in but you also want to make sure you’re safe and seen in both low-light and no-light settings. The best way to do that? Grab some reflective gear.
Brooks Sports recently worked with 3M and other vision scientists on the new Run Visible collection to create a patented reflective material that combines high-contrast colors with high-visibility fabric. Mike Orton, the men’s apparel and accessories product line manager explains: “We were able to pinpoint key motion zones along the runner’s body to better help identify them as humans rather than objects.” They found that reflective accents are most effective when placed in high-motion zones like the wrists, knees, elbows and ankles. “This helps allow headlights to pick you up so that drivers know what they’re looking at sooner and have more time to react.”
But when it comes to wearing reflective gear, keep in mind that more might not always be better: “Our research showed that too much shine can be blinding, and it doesn’t necessarily help drivers identify you as a human in motion.” It’s also worth noting that the technology is most effective when used strategically on clothes and accessories you’re already comfortable running in.
With that said, here are 21 pieces of our favorite reflective running gear, so you can mix and match to fit your personal style and setting (though, please, don’t wear them all at once).
1. Brooks Run Visible Carbonite Jacket
Not blessed with year-round temps above 60? This jacket, available in both men’s and women’s styles, is the lightweight layering piece you’ll use over and over again. If you can only invest in one reflective item this season, Orton suggests a versatile jacket like this that's perfect for those in-between weather days, come rain or shine.
2. Blanc Noir Heat Smart Quilted Vest
This heated vest has reflective strips along the front seams, allowing for maximum visibility. It also features discrete wiring powered by a USB battery that offers three different temperature settings for your ideal level of comfort (aren't you fancy).
3. SPANX Every.Wear Reflective Crop Top
With quick-drying material and four-way stretch, we’d use this crop-top/sports bra as a layering piece during the winter months, then rock it on its own as we ease into spring and summer.
4. Nike Dry-FIT Element Future Fast Hybrid Running Top
For the guy who can’t start his day without a pre-dawn 5k, this lightweight zip-up has full arm and upper-back reflectivity and an aerodynamic cut inspired by technical speed racing. He’ll feel just like Usain Bolt (even if his mile splits fall short).
5. Lululemon Run For It All Earwarmer
Save yourself from the dreaded mid-run headache with this fleece-lined ear warmer. Reflective details on the back panel will keep your visibility (and ponytail) in check.
6. Brooks Run Visible Carbonite 7/8 Tight
On top of the strategically placed reflective technology, Brooks’s newest offering combines everything you’d want in a running tight. Stretch, breathability and lightweight coverage come together for a seamless fit that truly feels like a second skin.
7. Sweaty Betty Swiftie Running Cap
We love that this crisp white baseball cap comes with a partially mesh top and adjustable ponytail holder. BTW, it also has reflective liners on both the front brim and back opening.
8. Stance Run Light Crew Sock
This list would not be complete without a high-quality running sock, and this crew cut pair from Stance combines reflective stripes with ample airflow and arch support.
9. Brooks Ghost 13 Run Visible Running Shoes
Finally, a shoe that has the flexibility you want and the low-light features you need. Designed around one of Brooks’s most popular styles, the Ghost 13 has a soft and secure fit with a mesh exterior for smoother transitions as you pound the pavement.
10. Level Terrain Flipbelt Reflective
Keep your phone, wallet, keys and energy chews all in one secure place with this industry-favorite running belt, which features 360 degrees of moisture-wicking fabric and ultra-reflective stripes.
11. Lululemon Fast and Free Backpack
Want to make sure they see you coming and going? Ideal for hiking, biking and running, this backpack is water-repellent, hydration-compatible and specifically designed to minimize bounce and support spine stability.
12. Franklin Pet Supply Co Reflective Air–Mesh Dog Harness
If your favorite running buddy has four legs and an enviable mile time, you need this reflective harness. Now you can make sure Fido is just as visible to cars as he is to that oncoming squirrel.
13. Brooks Run Visible Carbonite Glove
Anyone with less than stellar circulation can benefit from a running glove, and this pair from Brooks combines science-backed reflectivity with a tech-friendly and water-resistant coating.
14. On Running Pants
Do tights or leggings feel too constricting? These joggers from Swiss running brand On offer the right balance of protection from the elements and freedom to move with strategically placed reflective decals around the knees and down the sides of the calves.
15. Sweaty Betty Media Armband
Toss that ratty old armband that keeps sliding down your elbow and replace it with this shiny new one from Sweaty Betty. With front and side reflective features and a touchscreen lining, it’s the perfect year-round phone companion for any late-night runner.
16. Joolz Hub Reflective Black Bassinet
To all the stroller joggers out there, we applaud you. Just make sure you and your little cheerleader are fully visible with this reflective bassinet that features a breathable mattress, see-through ventilation and an ergonomic design to wrap your baby in comfort. Plus, it’s completely portable and fits seamlessly into the Joolz Hub Stroller.
17. Brooks Run Visible Carbonite Short Sleeve
This short sleeve t-shirt will get plenty of year-round use, no matter where you live. The DryLayer fabric helps wick moisture the moment you start sweating for a cool, comfortable and chafe-free run.
18. Under Armour Run Mesh Reflective Headband
Constantly stopping mid-run to fix your hair? Try this breathable mesh headband with 360-degree reflectivity that'll keep flyaways out of your face from dawn to dusk.
19. Lululemon Run for It All Arm Warmers
Love being warm but hate adding bulk? These water-repellent, reflective arm warmers seriously have it all: pockets, thumbholes and a silicone gripper that ensures they won't slip down.
20. Nathan Strobelight LED 2-Pack
Ideal for country roads with scarce streetlights, this small clip-on strobe light provides 57 hours of continuous illumination and can be used in all weather conditions including rain and snow. Just be sure the clip is secure on a shirt, belt or shoe before rushing out the door.
21. On Cloudflyer Waterproof Running Shoe
This long-distance running shoe is crafted with waterproof protection for a more comfortable fit, even if you’re jogging through ice, slush or snow. Cloaked in subtle, reflective elements, these black sneakers will also help you stand out at night.