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For those of you who haven’t allowed winter’s shorter, colder, and darker days to stop you from getting in those early morning and/or post-work runs outside, I applaud you! And also want to make sure you stay safe, which means being visible to everyone else on the road.
The key here is reflective gear, whether you go for a no-frills safety vest or a #super #trendy pair of compression tights with neon rainbow stripes on the legs. You’ll definitely be able to find a handful of reflective pieces at any sporting goods store or from any activewear brand, but the options below are sure things regardless of your price range, style, or whatever else it is you’re looking for.
Amazon: If you want no frills, low prices, and products that simply get the job done, there’s really no need to go anywhere else. Amazon stocks reflective everything: vests, headlamps, compression tights and gloves, visibility belts — you name it, they probably have it for less than you’d find at popular sporting goods spots like REI or Paragon. (Example: You don’t need to pay $30 for a middle school crosswalk guard vest. Pay $10 instead.) Thanks to the brand variety on the site (think Nike to New Balance), there’s a good range of straight and plus-size offerings; special shoutout goes to Core 10, which offers really cute, trendy pieces in sizes XS to 3X.
Asics: The Japanese activewear brand is known for its technical performance gear, so it’s no surprise that it makes plenty of good reflective pieces. The selection, ranging in size from XS to XL, includes arm sleeves, a handful of different compression-fit leggings, long- and short-sleeved shirts, and jackets. The big hit here, though, is the Lite-Show sneaker collection, including this highly reflective pink and blue pair for $170.
Nike: Tried and true. If brand names matter to you, Nike obviously doesn’t disappoint. The brand’s Flash collection is a pretty tight edit that covers most of the necessary ground with jackets, short- and long-sleeved tops, shorts, and running tights and leggings. Prices start at $40 for this Dri-Fit top and max out at $215 for this relatively intense Aeroloft running vest. Everything comes in at least a couple different color options and is available in sizes 0 through 18.
Athleta: If you’re looking for something more trendy and stylized, you won’t have a hard time finding it at Athleta. There’s a surprisingly big selection, including a dozen leggings options — ranging from subtle reflective details to very in-your-face ones — as well as jackets, vests, headbands, beanies, and neck warmers. Sizes here generally range from XXS to XL, with prices between $24 and $178. It’s not the cheapest option, but you know you’re getting quality.
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