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Lights Out: Tips For Running In The Dark

  • By Triathlete.com
  • Published Dec 23, 2011
  • Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM UTC

Get reflective. “Being seen (especially on roads) is the biggest danger runners face,” says Hinton. In fact, a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the hours of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. are the most dangerous time of day for pedestrians, which is also when most runners hit the roads. To be as visible as possible, wear highly reflective clothing and also consider wearing reflective bands on your arms and legs, as light in motion is easier for drivers to see.

Nathan Sports specializes in reflective vests and accessories for runners. Its compression running sleeves come in new ultra-bright pink and yellow colors and feature a large strip of reflective detailing ($25, Nathansports.com). For shirts and jackets, try Saucony’s ViZi Pro line of highly reflective performance apparel. With reflective mesh panels, luminescent colors and an included LED light for a sleeve pocket, the new Men’s Epic Run Jacket ($90, Saucony.com) and Women’s Ethereal Run Jacket ($90) guarantee you’ll light up the night.

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