Cold-weather jacket? Check. Waterproof shoes? Check. You’re almost ready for winter, but what about a few high visibility accessories? Many runners forget about hi-viz accessories when sunlight hours start decreasing, but adding just a couple to your on-the-run gear can seriously up your safety factor on the roads. Running brands are using bright colors, reflectivity and even LEDs to help you increase your chances of being seen by motorists. Not to mention the fact that they add a little flair to your run wardrobe. Here are just a few of our faves.
A great option for the runner who seeks maximum visibility in a super lightweight package. Hi-viz green, wide reflective silver accents and front/rear flashing red LEDs help you be seen, while streamlined design lets you run uninhibited.
This vest is designed to offer visibility from up to 1,200 feet away thanks to two removable red LED strips. It has a front zipper pocket to carry small essentials, and an easy-access key pocket so you won’t have to fumble around to find your key post-run.
Not only are these LED bands visible from up to ¼ mile away, but the one inch wide band is fully adjustable to fit around your arm or leg. Choose from three LED colors and slip on a little safety.
The end-to-end reflectivity and 2” high by 1.5” wide ultra bright red LED on this band will help you be seen, while the soft backing and stretch-fit design will keep you comfortable on your run. Read more…
If you get real winters (you know, snow to shovel, temperatures that drop below freezing), then gloves are a necessity on your runs to ward off frostbite. But even if you live in a temperate place like the Central Coast of California (don’t hate us!), gloves paired with a beanie and a run vest can add just the right amount of extra warmth on chilly winter mornings and nights.
If the temperature has really plummeted, you might need even more warmth than gloves can provide. That’s where mittens come in. Mittens can be even warmer than gloves because they trap your escaping body heat and warm the air around your fingers. Some brands even offer hybrid glove/mitten transformers that offer the warmth of mittens, with the utility of gloves. Here are a few of our favorite gloves and mittens for different weather conditions.
Intense wind: Manzella Silkweight Windstopper Gloves (Men’s/Women’s)
- A GORE 3-layer WINDSTOPPER shell keeps frigid gales off your fingers. Reflective grid pattern on the fingertips gives you better use of your hands and increases visibility.
(gloves) Brooks Wanganui Shelter Gloves
- A dense fill material on the back of these gloves backs a powerful thermal punch, and the soft lining is embedded with silver fibers that help hands maintain a consistent temperature.
(mittens) Saucony Ulti-Mitt
- This versatile accessory offers excellent protection against the cold with a pull-over mitt to trap heat. Water resistant exterior adds extra protection, and a USB_LED increases your visibility in low-light settings. Read more…