Spring (and your first race!) is right around the corner, but many of us are still left training in the dark. Make your inky sessions fun and safe with these six illuminating innovations.
1.Albedo 100 Invisible Bright
$19 for 4.6 ounces, Albedo100us.com
Make your train-in-the-dark apparel reflect light with this invisible (in daylight) spray. It’s designed to work on textiles, especially natural fabrics such as cotton and fleece, and can make your run shoes extra visible. The company also has a UV-resistant Light Metallic spray that—while not invisible—will stick to helmets.
2.Provis Reflect360+ Cycling Jacket
Super reflective cycling apparel that’s not neon? Yes, please. Proviz thought of everything when creating this sleek-looking, tailored cycling jacket. The film fabric is made from millions of tiny, reflective glass beads yet is somehow breathable and waterproof. It has four pockets and multiple vents, and the inside has a cotton mesh lining.
This handlebar-mounted camera-light combo from Cycliq both lights up the road with a 400-lumen headlight (which can also flash or pulse) and records the action ahead of you in full HD 1080p. The video loops until you have an incident, when the camera will automatically save the footage. It’s weatherproof, the battery lasts up to 10 hours, and it has a smart alarm that deters would-be thieves while on a coffee stop.
4.Million Mile Light
This mini motion-powered clip-on light stays lit as long as you’re jogging (the up-and-down motion powers the pulsing LED)—no batteries or recharging required. With 30-lumen intensity, the light is visible from 200 meters, plus it’s weatherproof and available in seven color combos.
5.Nathan Neutron Fire Runners’ Headlamp
Be visible from multiple directions with Nathan’s newest headlamp. In addition to the 115-lumen spotlight on the front, side strobes kick out red, green or blue LED light. Available in five color options, the lightweight lamp requires two AAA batteries, which can burn for 30 hours.
These lights are a well-thought-out solution to night riding. They feature a legal headlight, a functional brake light and 360 degrees of visibility with strips of rechargeable LEDs (eight 35-lumen lights per wheel) that attach directly to the wheels. Keep an eye out for the next iteration, the Eclipse+, which will also feature Bluetooth connectivity and turn signals.