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Runner Vests

While running or riding your bicycle along roadways, you are putting yourself in danger of being struck by a passing vehicle. This risk can be substantially reduced by increasing your visibility with the passing traffic. Safety vests are the best way to be seen, especially during times of limited daylight.

How to stay safe when road running and cycling

By following these safety tips you can effectively reduce the risk of becoming another road traffic statistic.

- Make yourself as visible as possible so drivers can clearly see you. This is especially important at night, where high visibility equipment can make the difference between being seen and not being seen.

- Where you have to run on the road make sure you run towards the traffic. That way you can see oncoming danger.

- Be extra vigilant at junctions with alleyways where traffic may emerge.

- Participate in organized events where the traffic is controlled and safety marshals are provided.

- Use the pavement/sidewalk or designated cycle lane rather than the road if you can.

- Always wear a helmet and safety vest when cycling and running.

- Fit good quality cycle lights for use in poor visibility.

Research has shown that high visibility clothing is effective at improving drivers' awareness of the presence of runners and cyclists. If drivers are aware of other road users just a fraction of a second earlier then they can take evasive action that can prevent an accident. If you aren't seen, the consequences are often tragic.

Light colored clothing is safer than dark colors. The Fluorescent and reflective strips on safety vests provide increased driver awareness. The reflective material can be seen from far enough away to allow drivers to avoid contact.

How to buy a Bicycle Safety Vest

Step 1 Buy a safety vest designed for cycling and made from a lightweight polyester or mesh blend. You should be able to wear it over your shirt or cycling jersey without getting too hot.

Step 2 Try on several vests to ensure a proper fit. While most vests come in one-size-fits-most styles, some may feel more comfortable than others. You'll also want to make sure reflective tape can be seen when riding in upright and tucked positions.

Step 3 Decide whether you prefer a baggy fit or a more fitted style. If aerodynamic properties are important to you, opt for a more tailored or tapered cut. Tapered styles are preferred for racing.

Step 4 Find details about the vest's reflective qualities to ensure that it is visible at long distances. Many vests have reflective tape that is visible for up to 1000 feet when illuminated.

Step 5 Buy a vest with a medical-identification pocket. If needed, you can stow some cash in there too, but a visible ID pocket provides easy access for medical professionals in case you're in an accident.

Step 6 Decide what type of fastening system you prefer. Unless you get a less-tailored vest that simply slips on over the arms, you'll have to decide between a buckle system and elastic with Velcro fasteners. Buckle systems are optimal for racing because you can cinch them tightly.

View our selection of Safety Vests for Runners and Cyclists.

Don't be a casualty - choose the right safety wear