Staying safe when it gets dark at 5 p.m.

If you work a nine to five, chances are you’re running in the dark November through February (at least). For about $40, you can make sure cars (and scooters, and hipsters on bikes, and skater bros) won’t miss you when you’re out crushing it.

You’ll get the most bang for your buck with a reflective vest, however, not all vests are created equal. There’s the “singlet” style, which is eerily similar to the safety patrol belt you may or may not have worn in elementary school. I wasn’t chosen as a safety patrol. But I’m not bitter.

I opted for a true vest – the Amphipod Full-Visibility Vest to be exact. I liked it because, as the name suggested, it has a ton of reflective material on it. Plus, it has a zipper pouch in the front which is awesome since lady’s running tights don’t usually have pockets larger than a pinky nail. I’ve kept keys, ID, extra ear warmer, snacks, and more in that pouch. It’s super handy and surprisingly roomy.

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Looks fly…
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…and they weren’t lying when they called it full visibility!

What are those snazzy pink bands you ask? If you grew up in the 90s, you should know. For some unknown reason Nathan (a company, not a random man) decided to use the glorious technology of snap bracelets for reflective gear. I don’t hate it. Don’t worry, if you’re not into pink, they come in other colors. Find them here.

You can wear these on your wrists or ankles, but I prefer ankles since my feet move more than my wrists and are more likely to be caught by headlights. Having something around my ankles bothered me the first few runs, but I got used to it pretty quickly. Just make sure you clean them off every once in a while with a wipe or something – they get gross with all the sweat that drips down your legs.

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I wore the darkest clothes possible to demonstrate safe nighttime running. Nice.

The entire get-up is not too ridiculous looking, and it’s pretty cheap! I started with just the anklets since I was on a budget, but added the vest since Denver drivers have a very liberal interpretation of stop signs and red lights. If you live in a quieter neighborhood, you’ll be totally fine with one or the other.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. I am so not looking forward to these kind of days! Right now, if I wake up too early to run I might have to worry about my visibility. Luckily our streets all have sidewalks and the path is well lit in such a big city. But I’m surprised this is so cheap! That’s awesome!

    Unrelated: I’m going to Denver in March and I might want to talk to you about where I can get my snowshoe on. I remember a post about that from earlier this year. 🙂


    1. Laura Cardon says:

      Yes, absolutely! I am hoping to get on some more level trails than the one I tried out last winter. Happy to give you any advice 🙂 And yes, that’s the only thing I hate about winter…it’s dark when I wake up to work out now!


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