Reflective apparel used to mean safety first, fashion dead. Freakin'. Last. But as busy schedules and the outdoor-exercise explosion push more women to late-night or crack-of-dawn workouts, fitness companies have moved beyond the blinking neon vest. Finally, gear that's as chic as it is sensible.
Uberthin stripes of high-brightness reflective thread (yes, there's a brightness scale in this category of apparel, and this baby uses the best) can make you visible to cars up to 500 feet away. (That's more than the length of a football field!) Plus, the jacket flips over to double as a casual solid-gray layer.
Allover horizontal lines attract the eye from both sides and all angles, maximizing your visibility in the dark. In normal light, the jacket's pattern just looks cool and mod.
At first glance, the thousands of gray freckles seem like nothing more than a subtle style accent. But how cool is this: They're actually millions of tiny reflective glass beads meshed into an adhesive that glows when lights hit them at night.
Science is rad, people! New "iridescent reflective" threads woven into these stability runners filter and diffuse light at different angles to produce a rainbow-y, Northern Lights effect.
Most brands use reflective swatches to add small details, like a logo. These boots use that same shine-on fabric to create something far more inspiring: a graphic satellite view of the Himalayas.
At the very least, stay safe with a few crucial accessories. The key, per research: Wear 'em around major joints (ankles, elbows, knees) to show you're a moving person, not a parking sign.
SlapLit LED Slap Wrap
Remember the slap bracelets of the '90s? The late-night version has a red LED backlight and a web of illuminating nylon—wear it on your wrist while jogging or fling it around your ankle for cycling. So versatile! $12, niteize.com
Brooks Fly-By Hat
You need this in your life if you hit up paths with more foot than car traffic. The reflective brim ensures oncoming drivers will spot you, and the allover fluorescent hue of this cap helps fellow runners see you too. $30, brooksrunning.com
2XU Hyoptik Compression Socks
Thick, shimmery strips at the back of your ankles and top of your calves tell peeps ahead and behind you to steer clear. One study found that wearing such markings by your ankles alone makes you visible 3.5 times farther away than if you were wearing all black. $55, 2xu.com