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Best activewear: 7 stylish reflective activewear pieces to keep you visible on your run

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High-vis orange isn’t for everyone. Here are our picks of the best - and most stylish - reflective activewear to keep you visible on your next run

Although we’re well and truly into Spring, we all know what the UK’s weather can be like. One day we’re working out in shorts, the next we’re bundling up layers. So even though the evenings are undoubtedly lighter, we still sometimes need to prep and plan for our outdoor workouts. As well as needing some extra motivation if it’s drizzling, wealso need to think about the fact that outdoor running or cycling paths won’t always be well lit. 

That’s where reflective activewear comes in. While they by no means light the road ahead of you, and obviously aren’t a substitute for being safe and careful, they will help to keep you visible to cars as well as other cyclists, runners and pedestrians - all year round. 

That doesn’t mean just hi-vis jackets and luminous orange hats, though. In fact, most kit out there is pretty subtle, with a simple glowing pattern or silver cuff to give you a little more reflection when you’re out and about. So, whether you’re looking for a new running jacket or some leggings to see you through, you may as well opt for one with an extra safety feature.

  • Adidas How We Do Glam Leggings

    Adidas reflective leggings
    Best activewear: Adidas reflective leggings

    Say goodbye to boring reflective stripes and opt for these Adidas leggings, featuring a glimmering pattern to keep you visible. Plus, the free-moving yet supportive cut is comfortable for  jogs as they are for lounging around the house. 

    Adidas We Do Glam Leggings, £64.95

  • Under Armour Streaker Tank

    Under Armour reflective tank
    Best activewear: Under Armour reflective tank

    The weather may be chilly but that doesn’t mean we get any less hot and sweaty as we run. Opt for this vest with reflective detailing – so lightweight you’ll forget you put it on. 

    Under Armour Streaker Tank, £34

  • Sweaty Betty Fast Track Jacket

    Sweaty Betty reflective jacket
    Best activewear: Sweaty Betty reflective jacket

    Warm yet breathable, this layered jacket is a great option for low light thanks to the reflective trim on the sleeves. There’s no need to leave your phone at home with the internal pockets, either. 

    Sweaty Betty Fast Track Jacket, £130

  • Brooks Carbonite Leggings

    Brooks reflective leggings
    Best activewear: Brooks reflective leggings

    Neon isn’t just for summer: these brightly striped leggings promise visibility even in darkness, combined with stretch and breathability for early morning runs. 

    Brooke Carbonite Leggings, £80

  • Arket Half Zip Running Jacket

    Arket reflective jacket
    Best activewear: Arket reflective jacket

    Hood? Check. Fast-drying fabric? Check. Wind resistant? Check. Reflective panelling? Check. This jacket preps you for everything the British winter could throw your way.

    Arket Half Zip Jacket, £69

  • Puma Light Headband

    Puma reflective headband
    Best activewear: Puma reflective headband

    Keep your hair up, your ears warm and yourself reflected with this lightweight, brightly coloured headband. 

    Puma Light Headband, £8

  • Nike Flash Women's Long-Sleeve Running Top

    Nike reflective running top
    Best activewear: Nike Flash reflective running top

    Nike’s striking constellation design will make you the star of the show - or at least  of your run. Featuring their signature Dri-FIT Technology to help you stay dry and comfortable, this super soft long sleeve is intended to “inspire meditative, inward thinking while you run.” Magical. 

    Nike Flash Long Sleeve, £59.95

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Chloe Gray

Chloe Gray is the senior writer for stylist.co.uk's fitness brand Strong Women. When she's not writing or lifting weights, she's most likely found practicing handstands, sipping a gin and tonic or eating peanut butter straight out of the jar (not all at the same time).