What is the best reflective running jacket for low light conditions?

If you’re a runner, cyclist, or just someone who commutes in low-light conditions, you know how important it is to be seen by other road users.

In addition to a head torch or chest torch, wearing a reflective running jacket is one of the best ways to make sure you’re visible to drivers, and it can help you stay safe on the roads – especially in the winter months.

Reflective running jackets are designed to reflect light back to its source, making you more visible in low-light conditions.

If you want to be seen, the more reflectivity, the better – yet many “reflective” jackets only have small reflective details that aren’t particularly effective on dark roads.

In this short article, we’ll run through some of the things you might want to consider when buying a reflective running jacket, and give our recommendations for three of the best.

What are the key features I should look for in a reflective running jacket?

When looking for a reflective jacket, it’s important to consider the following features:

  • Reflectivity: The more reflective the jacket is, the better. Make sure to check how much reflective material the jacket has before you buy it. Ideally you want a jacket that has 360 degree reflectivity, so that you can be seen from all angles.
  • Weatherproofing: A good reflective running jacket should also be weatherproof, so it can protect you from the elements. Look for a jacket that is water and wind resistant.
  • Pockets: Many reflective running jackets have pockets, which can be handy for storing your phone, gels, or other essentials.
  • Fit: It’s important to make sure that the reflective running jacket you choose fits well, so it doesn’t get in the way when you’re running or cycling. Ideally you would find a jacket that had an adjustable fit, so it was suitable over both winter and summer running clothing.
  • Colour: In addition to reflectivity, it’s also important to make sure that the jacket is easily visible in the dark. Look for a jacket that is brightly coloured, so it will stand out in low-light conditions.
  • Weight: A good reflective running jacket should be lightweight, so it won’t weigh you down when you’re running or cycling.

So now that you know what to look for in a reflective running jacket, here are our three top picks.

Proviz REFLECT360 Running Jacket

Proviz REFLECT360 Running Jacket

This is an award winning reflective jacket, that has been awarded the Evening Standards “Best Top Pick” for reflective running jackets, and also featured in Runner’s World “Gear of The Year”.

As you might gather from the product’s name, the REFLECT360 has 360 degree reflectivity, and uses millions of tiny glass beads to reflect light back to its source, helping you to be seen easily at night.

The jacket is designed for all weather conditions. It is water resistant, with a waterproof coating applied to the outer fabric – and is also windproof, designed to be a barrier against even strong winds.

It’s one of the most incredibly lightweight running jackets we’ve come across, weighing approximately 170g.

The REFLECT360 has a breathable polyester mesh lining, which helps increase airflow. It also comes with zipped side pockets to help keep your essentials secure.

Buy the men’s jacket | Buy the women’s jacket


Higher State Ultralite Waterproof Running Jacket

Higher State Ultralite Waterproof Running Jacket

Another ideal jacket for winter running, the Higher Stare Ultralite jacket has reflective print for amazing visibility when running in low-light conditions.

A lot of effort has gone into making this reflective running gear suitable for all weather conditions, as it combines waterproofing and wind-proofing capabilities to keep you dry, comfortable and focused on your run.

The lightweight Ultralite jacket comes with a handy chest pocket that helps you carry all your essentials round securely, and the ‘performance fit’ of the jacket is designed to enable optimal movement while you’re running.

Buy the Higher State Ultralite Running Jacket


Ronhill Life Night Runner Jacket

Ronhill Life Night Runner Jacket

The Ronhill Life Night Runner Jacket includes a 360 degree reflective print, with additional iridescent strips for increased visibility and safety when you’re running in low light.

Another jacket that is ideal for running in all weather conditions, the Night Runner jacket is both water resistant and wind resistant.

A secure zip pocket helps keep all your valuables safe, and this lightweight jacket comes in a relaxed fit to enable a full range of motion when running.

Buy the men’s jacket | Buy the women’s jacket

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