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
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.
Under Armour Streaker 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.
Sweaty Betty Fast Track 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.
Brooks Carbonite 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.
Arket Half Zip Running 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.
Puma Light Headband
Keep your hair up, your ears warm and yourself reflected with this lightweight, brightly coloured headband.
Nike Flash Women's Long-Sleeve 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.
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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).