The dark mornings and earlier nightfall in winter can present a challenge for committed runners. The safety considerations of running in the dark might be foremost in your mind as you lace up your runners, but there are ways to make sure that you are seen on your evening jog. The Bodylite range now includes the LED Reflective Vest, which not only reflects light but provides some of its own. On the front, you have a green LED strip; on the back are two strips of red LED, which also have a flashing mode to make you extra visible.
The rechargeable battery, which is really thin, will give you around 12 hours of light in flashing mode before you have to plug in again, which is great for the more forgetful among us. And even if the battery dies, reflective strips will make sure you are visible on the road.
The whole vest weighs in at 120g and is adjustable, so one size fits most waist sizes – between 26 inches and 60 inches. You can forget you are wearing it, until you catch sight of your flashing lights lighting up your hallway or the office lift.
It also works well for cycling or walking, and has a pocket that can hold your ID, keys, a smartphone and a bank card should you need it.
The best bit? Not only is it reasonably priced – €28 – there’s an Irish company behind it.