The 6 Best Reflective Running Gear Items to Buy in 2018

Stay safe while you're breaking a sweat after dark

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If you like running, walking, cycling, or doing any other activity at night or in low-light conditions, the most important safety rule is to be seen. To make sure oncoming traffic can spot you, it’s best to put reflective gear all over your body and carry or wear a steady or flashing light. High visibility athletic gear usually features bright and neon colors, reflective material, and LED lights. Look for items that offer 360-degree visibility, which means that you can be seen from all angles. For your (and your loved ones’) peace of mind, here’s a collection of the best night time athletic gear to keep you safe and seen.

Our Top Picks

Best Vest: Tracer360 Illuminated and Reflective Vest

With a combination of 360-degree illumination, reflectivity, and fluorescence, the Tracer360 vest offers outstanding, eye-catching visibility. Its unique, multi-color LED lights illumination allows you to switch between six different high-visibility color options, including red, green, orange, pink, purple, and blue. With the touch of a button, you can also change to different flashing modes to get drivers to really notice you. The unique X shape of the lights provides for a large visibility area, making you visible from over a quarter mile in all directions.

Made of a lightweight and breathable mesh, this vest allows for full range of motion, whether you’re running, walking, cycling, or doing any other activity in the early morning or at night. This extremely durable vest is also designed to be sweat- and water-resistant and, with minimal fabric-to-body contact, it’s also chafe-free. The straps are adjustable, so it can be shared among people of different sizes and can fit over all types of clothing. Although this vest is more expensive than some other visibility athletic gear, its quality, comfort and exceptional visibility features make it worth the price.

Best Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

The Black Diamond spot headlamp allows oncoming traffic to easily spot you and also helps you see what’s coming in front of you – all while keeping you hands-free. The headlamp's bulb is extremely powerful, featuring one quad power LED and one double power white LED, which give off 300 lumens. It also includes seven different lighting modes, such as red night vision, strobe, and dimming, to customize for any situation. The Brightness Memory feature allows you to turn the light on and off at a specific brightness without reverting back to full light mode. The strap provides a snug, but comfortable fit, so it won't slip off your head. It's also adjustable, so it can fit over all types of hats and different sized heads.

Best Clip-on Lights: Whole Human LED Safety Lights – 2 Pack

These lightweight, super bright lights will help you stay safe and visible, whether you’re running, walking or riding after dark. They come with five high-powered LEDs per light and feature three different lighting modes—steady, slow flash or fast flash. With the strong, no-slip clip, you can securely attach them to your belt, shoelaces, bike, running gear, helmet, dog collar, or anywhere on your clothing. You can also use the included elastic Velcro straps to fasten them around your arms or ankles. They come with three sets of high-capacity batteries and a mini-screwdriver you can use to replace the batteries.

Best Budget: Nathan Streak Reflective Vest

With 360-degree visibility at distances of up to 1,200 feet, the Nathan Streak Reflective Vest offers excellent visibility at a low price. You’ll definitely be seen in this bright, neon yellow vest that also features reflective strips on the shoulder and reflective patches on the chest, back, and waist. It’s made of a lightweight, breathable mesh fabric to keep you comfortable during whatever activity you're doing in dark or low-light conditions.

Unlike other safety vests that can be too constricting, the Nathan vest’s minimalist design allows for a full range of motion and is guaranteed not to ride up. It can be easily adjusted to fit all different sizes and will go over all types of clothing, including winter jackets. This vest is light and compact, so you can stash it in a small backpack or running belt during your run, walk or ride, and take it out when needed.

Best Visor: Men's Brooks Bolt Running Visor

Men's Brooks Bolt Running Visor
Courtesy of L.L. Bean

A visor comes in handy during rainy runs to keep the rain off your face, and this bright neon yellow one from LL Bean will also make sure that you’re seen when the weather is cloudy and wet. It features reflective piping around the entire visor, so you’ll get 360-degree visibility at night. Although it’s a men’s visor, the adjustable Velcro strap makes it easy to get a snug, comfy fit on most head sizes.

Best Reflective Bands: Mr. Visibility Reflective Bands

If you’re looking for an affordable, low-tech way to improve your visibility (without worrying about replacing batteries), these reflective bands are a great option. The lightweight, comfortable bands offer 360-degree reflectivity and high visibility. Versatile and fully adjustable, they can be strapped on your arms, ankles, or wrists. You can easily tuck them in your purse, backpack or running belt so you have them when you need them. Each set comes with three pairs, with lengths of 12, 14 and 16 inches.

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