Reflective Gear for Your Winter Commute

Nov 2, 2016
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Make your presence known this winter.    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

The days are getting shorter. Here's the best gear to brighten your path.

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  Photo: Light & Motion

Light and Motion Imjin 800 Bike Lamp ($200)

When dawn-patrol rides take unexpected (perhaps off-road) turns, the 800-lumen Imjin leads the way. The tiny spot mounts easily to a helmet or handlebars. 

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  Photo: Night Runner

Night Runner 270° Shoe Lights ($60)

These 150-lumen sneaker lamps clip to your laces. Wide white beams illuminate 30 feet up front, while rear red ones ensure you’re visible to trailing traffic.

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  Photo: Sugoi

Sugoi Zap Training Jacket ($165)

Sure, it sheds drizzle, but the Zap shows its true colors after sundown, when headlights turn its reflective fabric into a disco-ball-inspired attention grabber.

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  Photo: Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Bib Tights ($155)

Venture beyond sweaty trainer sessions with these fleece-lined tights. Fluorescent blocking on the calves helps drivers recognize you faster. 

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  Photo: Goal Zero

Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash Torch ($25)

This pocket-friendly, 2.4-ounce package puts out a maximum 150 lumens, enough to light your campsite. Bonus for being waterproof and rechargeable. 

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  Photo: MPowered

MPowerd Luci Outdoor 2.0 Lantern ($15) 

When space is at a premium, this solar-powered, inflatable, 50-lumen shiner flattens out, then puffs back up when needed. 

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  Photo: Showers Pass

Showers Pass Transit Waterproof Pack ($264) 

Fully weatherized and made of ballistic-strength nylon, the Transit sports four bright red LEDs. Visible from 500 yards, the lights flicker or pulse to draw eyes.

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  Photo: Coleman

Coleman Conquer 200L LED Headlamp ($35) 

Coleman packed this 200-lumen visual aid with features like automatic adjustment and touch-free control—wave your hand to cycle through lighting modes. 

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  Photo: Giro

Giro Republic LX Reflective Cycling Shoes ($190)

Stylish by day, this leather commuter glows under headlights. A stiff outsole and cleat provide pedaling power if you’re running late. 

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