As the daylight hours dwindle, you're probably logging more miles before sunrise or after sundown. Depending on where you live, this can be dangerous, as you often share the road with cars and motorcycles. And while there are plenty of great reflective products that address this issue, most of them are only visible from a relatively short distance.
That's why an apparel engineering lab called Twinery created Nova, a running jacket that uses LED lights to make outdoor exercisers more visible in the dark. Unlike other light-up jackets you may have seen before, this one is ultra lightweight, breathable, and water-resistant, which is amazing since dark and wet weather conditions are when you need visibility the most.
The lighting system, which is on both the front and back of the jacket, is controlled by a small battery-operated remote hidden in one of the pockets. The lights are visible from 450 feet away (the length of one and a half football fields), which is way more than your average reflective jacket. And while a jacket can't directly address other safety concerns women face when running at night or in the very early morning, your being visible to people who are farther away might deter anyone with less-than-great intentions. (Unfortunately, this is the harsh truth about running safety for women.)
Since the battery isn't attached, the jacket itself is totally machine washable. Plus, it has all the bells and whistles you're used to in a running jacket, like comfy thumb holes, a stashable hood, and plenty of pockets. You will have to recharge the USB-powered battery for 30 minutes after every eight hours of use, but that's a small price to pay for safety, right?
Want one for yourself? The jacket ($129) is available for pre-order now on indiegogo.com. It'll be shipping in early 2018—just in time for spring race-training season. (Bonus: We've got you covered with training plans for 5Ks, half marathons, and beyond.)