If you’re a fan of running early in the morning or later at night, investing in reflective running gear is absolutely essential.
Wearing reflective running clothing and accessories is the best way to maximise your visibility when you’re out running, especially if your route takes you along busy roads.
We’ve tried and tested the best reflective running gear out there and included all of our favourites into 3 lists: clothing, accessories, and shoes.
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Best Reflective Clothing For Runners
Stuck on what to wear for a run when it’s dark out? Well, you’re in the right place.
Below are the best reflective running vests, jackets, shorts, you name it! We’ve included only the best gear for men and women, so let’s get started.
If you’re unsure on where to buy reflective running gear, then the Ronhill Afterlight range is a good place to start.
This design of the jacket is covered in a fluorescent print that provides 360° reflectivity and it has two reflective strips, one on the front and one on the back, for maximum visibility.
If you’re after some highly reflective running gear, then this jacket is exactly what you need.
It’s lightweight and water-resistant making it suitable whatever the weather. Plus, it comes with a roll away hood so on the odd occasion that it is dry outside, you can tuck the hood away so that it won’t be getting in your way.
Ronhill always considers the practicality of their clothing, which is why the jacket has secure pockets that are big enough to fit your phone, keys, or bank card.
And because the jacket is bright enough itself, buying additional reflective running accessories like armbands or chest lights isn’t necessary.
Obviously, some of the accessories in this list are a little cheaper than this jacket, but what you’re paying for is a high-quality piece of kit that you can wear that will last.
At the minute, both the men’s and the women’s are down from £74.99 to £59.99, so now is your chance to get your hands on the best reflective running jacket in the UK at a discounted price.
Looking for cheap reflective running gear? Karrimor is a brilliant brand for affordable running gear that won’t break the bank.
They have high-quality reflective running gear for women that is perfect if you’re looking for reflective clothing but you aren’t a fan of the bright colours.
This long-sleeved ladies top is made of a lightweight and breathable material with a ¾ length zip to keep you cool and ensure that the top is a comfortable fit.
In regular lighting, the reflective details are discreet and makeup part of the tops design. In darker conditions, the reflective detail design on the arms and the reflective logo will make you visible when a car’s headlights shine in your direction.
This top also has a handy pocket at the back with a zip pocket, the perfect size to fit your house key or a bank card.
If you’re looking for a full outfit, you can find the matching reflective running leggings at SportsDirect.com.
For more variation of running tops, head over to our list of the best running tops of 2020 and have a read of our tried and tested reviews.
In the past, if we’d have asked somebody where to buy reflective running gear and they suggested ASOS we would have laughed, but nowadays the online retailer actually has a really good range of activewear.
This short-sleeved t-shirt is stylish and still suitable for running, plus you could definitely get away with wearing it in the gym, too.
However, the only reflective qualities are on the back of the t-shirt.
Although this reflective pattern is pretty big, it’s not as highly reflective as running gear with reflective details on the front and back.
As good as this t-shirt looks, you should never compromise your safety for style. For advice on staying safe when it's dark out, check out OriGym's tips for running at night.
Of course, we couldn’t make a list of the best reflective gear for running without including a good pair of shorts.
These Men’s reflective running shorts from Adidas are semi-fitted so that they stay close to the body without compromising comfort. Underneath the shorts are a pair of fitted inner tights that are made of a breathable material with moisture management technology.
The fabric dries quickly and helps to keep you to stay cool and dry whatever the weather or however hard you work.
But, onto what's really important here - reflectivity. The inner tights are visible at the bottom of the shorts, providing 360° reflectivity when a light beam hits them.
Outside of the fact that these shorts are highly reflective, our favourite thing is that they have a sweat guard pocket to keep your belongings in.
If you’ve ever tried to find a decent pair of running shorts before, then you’re probably familiar with the struggle of finding shorts with a secure pocket which is big enough to fit your phone, keys, and any other small essentials.
The sweat guard pocket keeps your belongings safe and dry, so there’s no need to damage that your sweat will damage your phone.
If you’re environmentally conscious, an added extra is that these shorts come from Adidas’ recycled collection. All of the reflective running wear in this collection is made of recycled materials to save resources and reduce waste.
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Back to reflective running gear for women, these Under Armour running shorts are another essential.
They can be worn over tights in the winter or on their own in the warmer months so it’s a good job that they’re made of high quality and durable material.
Under Armour produce some of the best running reflective gear out there, with these shorts being just one example.
These lightweight shorts are designed in a relaxed fit for maximum comfort, with breathable mesh panels on either side to keep you cool. The material is also designed to wick sweat, meaning it dries really quickly.
Around the mesh is the brightly coloured reflective trim for increased visibility in low light conditions.
If you don’t want to brave wearing shorts until the summer, these reflective running tights are the best alternative.
They’re tight-fitting with an elasticated waistband and a drawcord fastening to keep them secure.
You can keep dry as a result of the moisture-management technology which wicks sweat away from the skin.
Even during the toughest of training sessions, you can keep cool thanks to the mesh inserts which are fitted to maximise ventilation and ensure breathability.
Focusing on the reflective properties, these tights come with reflective Asics branding and strips around both legs.
They’re not the brightest pair of running tights out there, but they still provide enough visibility to keep you safe. Paired with a bright t-shirt, running shoes, or accessories, they’ll definitely do the job.
Find more running clothing that fits the latest fitness fashion trends here.
Reflective Running Accessories
If you’re after reflective gear for running, then you need to be thinking about more than just reflective clothing.
Reflective running accessories are a cheap way to boost your visibility when running in low-light conditions.
Plus, a lot of these accessories are pretty practical too!
If you want to make sure that you’re fully visible every time you go out on a run without having to buy multiple running tops or jackets, reflective vests for running are a good option.
For us, this product from Flexi-Viz was the best reflective running vest that we tried out.
It’s fitted with retro-reflective panels that bounce back light from car headlights, streetlights, and so on. This provides full reflectivity so that you’re visible from all angles.
It comes in one standard size which can comfortably fit all sizes between XS and XXL as it’s made of an elasticated material with adjustable qualities so that it doesn’t slip off or move around whilst you’re running.
You can wear it over anything, meaning there’s no need for splashing out on expensive reflective clothing.
All you need to do is put this vest over your regular running gear and you’ll have all of the same benefits of buying an expensive jacket.
If you’re looking for cheap reflective running gear, then this is a really affordable option.
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Running accessories are a great way of increasing your visibility, plus they can be a good way of keeping comfortable when it’s cold out.
This headband fits both of those criteria exactly. It's shaped to cover your ears, and made of warm and windproof fabric, with a fleece lining inside to keep your head and ears out of the cold.
It’s perfect for those runs where you work up a sweat whilst it's still cold out because it covers your ears but also keeps your sweat from running into your eyes.
The upper lining and the Kalenji logo are both reflective to add to the visibility of the rest of your reflective night running gear.
If you’re really concerned about making sure that you’re clearly seen when you’re out running, you can attach running reflectors, like this LED flashing light from Kalenji, through the small loophole at the back.
If you’re planning on a long run and you need room for extra stuff like your water bottle, running supplements, or an extra layer of clothing, buying a reflective running backpack should be next on your list.
The clues in the name of this one, this backpack is highly reflective and it will ensure that you’re visible from all angles.
With reflective strips on the front straps and a full reflective webbing face on the back of the bag, you won’t be missed when you’re wearing this.
Not only is it the best reflective gear for running of all the bags in our best running backpacks article, it also ticks all of the boxes in terms of comfort and practicality.
The bag has full venitalition in the back to keep you cool and comfy whilst you’re out running. It has an adjustable belt that sits on your waist, and another strap across your chest to ensure full stability so that the bag stays in place as you move around.
We especially loved the small zipped side pockets which make it easy to access the essentials like your phone or house keys without having to take the bag off your back.
Even when it gets warmer outside, there’s still a chance that it could be dark out if you like to run super early in the morning or later in the evening.
If you’re the type of person who starts work at the crack of dawn but still likes to start their day with a morning run, it can be pretty frustrating when it gets to summertime and the best reflective clothing for runners is all long-sleeved jackets and full-length leggings.
Not only that, but bulky reflective running accessories aren’t always ideal and a lot of people find them pretty annoying.
But don’t sweat it, the safety skin reflective skin spread is exactly what you need.
Instead of layering up, all you need to do is roll this directly onto your skin and it will create a reflective stripe. Then, when a light like a car's headlights shine onto you, the stripe will light up with a strong glow.
The product has a hypoallergenic wax base so that it’s water-resistant, meaning it will stay on if you sweat or if it starts to rain. But don’t worry, it still washes off easily with a little soap and water.
The more running visibility gear you’re wearing, the easier you will be to see. So when it comes to the usual running accessories, going for the reflective options is always a bright idea.
These reflective gloves from Karrimor will keep your hands warm on the cold winter nights, and add to your visibility when it’s dark out.
They have full reflective details on the front thanks to the high vis yellow colour and the silver webbing, both of which are bright and reflective when a beam of light is shone on them.
The Karrimor brand has also covered the small details, with reflective branding on the inside of the hand to add to their visibility.
As an added extra, there’s a discreet pocket behind the index finger which is just about big enough to fit your house key. This is a really handy feature (no pun intended), especially if you don’t have a pocket or another accessory to keep your house key safe.
Outside of the benefits of wearing reflective running gear, there are plenty of other benefits of getting a good pair of running gloves. If this Karrimor pair aren't for you, check out our comparison the best gloves for running on OriGym's blog.
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Best Reflective Running Shoes
To keep safe and make sure that cars and cyclists can spot you from miles away (disclaimer: not literally miles), running shoes are the final piece of running safety reflective gear that you’ll need.
Here are our favourites for men and women!
First up for the best reflective running shoes are our Under Armour favourites, which come available in both men’s and women’s sizes.
Whether you’re brand new to running or this has been a hobby of yours for a long time, you’ll know that investing in a good pair of running shoes is absolutely essential.
Aside from the obvious fact that not wearing shoes would be a ridiculous idea, a good pair of running trainers will also keep you comfy and keep any potential injuries to a minimum.
Seeing as running shoes are essential, and in the darker nights and early mornings especially, so is reflective running wear, it makes good sense to buy an item that ticks both boxes.
The UnderArmour phantom running shoe range, in general is brilliant, the trainers are super lightweight and breathable with a compression-like fit.
They even connect to the Map My Run training app so that you can track and analyse your running metrics. If you want to know more about the Map My Run app or running apps in general, check out our blog post on the best running apps here!
Discovering that our favourite range now includes a pair of reflective running shoes was pretty exciting.
You only have to look at these shoes to see that this is some highly reflective running gear.
There’s no doubting that these trainers will get you seen, with their vibrant colour and reflective details, there’s not much more we could look for in the perfect pair of reflective running trainers.
They’re super comfy and fitted with Flytefoam technology to help you propel forwards as you run, making you feel super energised and active.
They’re also fitted with a heel clutching system which is great for supporting your ankles and even reducing your risk of developing an injury.
Obviously, they have Hi Vis and reflective details too, because why else would they be on our list?
They’re currently priced at £79.99 down from £159.99, so if you’re after a reflective pair running shoes now is the time to buy.
If the bright orange trainers above aren’t for you, then there are plenty of other options that aren’t quite as in your face but are still highly reflective.
This pair of black running shoes from Nike have reflective details on their classic Nike tick branding and on the top of the shoe.
They’re the real deal for running outside, especially during the wet weather that we typically get in the dark winter months. The upper part of the shoe is water-repellent, and the outsole is designed to improve grip on wet surfaces.
In low-light conditions and whatever the weather, these trainers will keep your feet comfy, dry, and most importantly visible.
Not keen on any of these running shoes? Check out our best cross country running shoes of 2020 to find a favourite.
Before You Go!
Hopefully, now you have everything you need to get geared up for running regardless of whether it’s dark outside.
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