Stay Bright with the Proviz REFLECT360 Running Jacket
As runners, we know the importance of staying safe. In summer, we don our sunglasses and coat our bodies with sunscreen. In fall, we grab our hats and jackets to keep the rain and bay. And in winter…..well, in winter, chances are you’re running in the dark. Minnesota winters can be grueling and the lack of daylight doesn’t make it any easier. Luckily, there are plenty of products on the market that can make your dark runs brighter and safer!
Most runners swear by a trusty headlamp or blinky vest, but the truth is neither is as visible as the Proviz REFLECT360 collection, a collection of super reflective jackets, vests, and accessories. Recently, Proviz was gracious enough to send Minneapolis Running a jacket for wear-testing and we were seriously impressed (and seriously visible!)
Here’s why you might consider adding a Proviz REFLECT360 jacket to your safety running gear:
About the Proviz REFLECT360 Running Jacket
In essence, the Proviz REFLECT360 Running Jacket is nothing more than a state-of-the-art, highly reflective and visible running jacket. Like most high-quality running jackets, the REFLECT360 is lightweight and fits comfortably with a soft, cotton lining (I found it to be true-to-size), and a back mesh panel to keep you cool.
The reflective material that covers the entirety of the front of the jacket (and pieces of the back) utilizes millions of tiny, highly reflective glass beads that reflects light back from vehicle headlights, helping you to be seen more clearly on the road at night. Make no mistake, this jacket is BRIGHT and will make you seen!
I wore this jacket for many dark, evening runs and was not disappointed by the bright, visible, reflective fabric. I felt extremely safe running next to a busy road with fast-moving cars and didn’t think twice about whether or not they could see me.
I found the jacket to be a comfortable weight (not heavy or cumbersome) and it kept me warm and dry in the 30-degree temperature range. I was worried about feeling warm with the thicker, reflective material, but the back, mesh panel of the jacket helped to moderate my temperature. The fit of the jacket allows for layering and makes this a great piece to wear no matter how chilly and dark it is outside.
While reflective and comfortable, sadly this jacket is not waterproof (though would help against a light mist or snow) and can feel a bit toasty in temperatures above 40 degrees. Your best bet is to save this jacket for true, dark and cold winter weather.
Overall, I love the Proviz REFLECT360 Running Jacket for its comfort and super reflective material. This jacket would make an excellent gift for any runner who battles the cold, dark elements in winter.
Related: The 2017 Winter Running Gear Guide