As the clocks turn back this weekend in the UK and the daylight hours get shorter here are some essentials for running in the dark which will make sure you are seen and can see!
Reflective bib or vest
A reflective bib or vest is much more versatile than having a reflective top or jacket as they are lightweight and easy to wear over any of your clothes. As a RunTogether run leader I was given a Proviz Reflect360 vest and I can confirm it is one of the best reflective vests out there. The mere hint of a car headlamp will instantly turn you into a bright beacon! It’s also very lightweight and comfortable to wear over.
A good head torch is a must for running in the dark, even when running in towns and cities as some streets can have very low level street lighting.
As I do a lot of my running off road and in villages with little or no street lamps it was recommended to me to look for a headtorch with at least 200 lumens brightness. The LED Lenser H7 fits that bill with brightness options that go from 200-300 lumens.
Some of my runners managed to buy shoe lights when they were on sale in Aldi last winter and I was quite impressed with how eye catching they are. They are best for on road running rather than off road where the uneven terrain may knock them off your feet. These ones from Lakeland (of all places!) are a good option.
Reflective leggings are great for anyone who wears leggings for running in the winter! I’m not talking about a reflective strip or two but leggings which have reflectiveness built into the pattern.
These ones from Marks and Spencer’s haven’t been photographed very well but the legs are covered in a spotty reflective pattern which will make sure you are noticed!
Running in the dark often means running in the cold so having something reflective that also keeps you warm is a bonus. I like headbands rather than hats as they keep my ears warm without getting over heated. This Lululemon reflective headband is a bit more expensive than I would usually pay but I love the fact it has a hole for your pony tail!
What do you wear so you can be seen in the dark?