From reflective clothing and a head torch to even a flying drone light – make sure you can see and be seen on your night run

When preparing for a run in the dark there are plenty of practical considerations to address, not least what to wear.

Fluorescent colours are great for dim, grey days but, at night, white clothing with plenty of reflective strips shows up better in motorists’ headlights.

Reflection works best on body parts that move the most — arms and legs rather than trunk or back — but the more you have, the better.

When it comes to the benefits of a head torch, the jury is out. Experts at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents say they are not very useful if you use them simply to be more visible to motorists, but they will help to prevent you from bumping into obstacles or falling down potholes.

Taking the projection of torch light even further, UK insurer Direct Line has recently partnered with drone experts to create a prototype fleet of flying torch drones that are responsive to an individual’s movements and controlled via a bespoke app (pictured).


“This ground-breaking prototype technology could serve a really positive purpose in the future – providing a safer, more efficient way to light both individuals and organisations,” said futurologist Dr Ian Pearson.

“From local councils, search & rescue teams and the emergency services right through to local cycling and running clubs, the usages are endless and I can see this being commonplace by 2021.”

Whatever technology you choose, no amount of night-training products will make up for acclimatisation to the dark.

You should allow your eyes time to get used to the dark when the nights draw in as your peripheral vision is reduced.

» The October 27 edition of AW magazine featured product reviews on some of the latest hi-vis products which will help get you seen this winter. You’ll find the Saucony Sonic Reflex Jacket and Craft Mind Reflective Tights among the items included, with a digital edition of the magazine available here