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very affordable." runners used to layer up and wear something old and range has proved so popular, some retailers can't
For runners not ratty on the top, which they could actually throw away in guarantee Prostar's base layers until February or March!
wearing Ronhill, some cases if they were on a long run and got too hot. Prostar also make a base layer-style undershort (Marino),
an alternative to Now, with breathable, waterproof fabrics, there's no need which has an RRP of £10, and have a number of products
this is the Nathan – it's just a question of the wonderful independent retailer from their training lines that are ideal for runners at good
Magnetic LED, finding the upper to match the customer. Certainly of prices.
which gives note in this category is Gore's unbelievable Air System II In terms of shoes, most running shoes have plenty of
visibility up to one jacket. It boasts AIRVANTAGE insulation technology – reflectivity. One pair that stand out is UK Gear's PT-03,
mile and attaches, basically, parts of the which has a ton of reflective material in the design. Not in
as the name jacket inflate with a single large blocks, but in lots of smaller areas both in front and
suggests, via a breath. This is important – down the sides, giving what is probably 360-degree
magnetic the single breath part – reflectivity.
attachment – one piece on the inside of your jacket because it means the jacket Saucony's Jonathan Quint knows the value of reflective
or top, with the light on the outside. Retailing at can be inflated by a cold material on shoes. He explained: "Most of our shoes have
around £12.99, it's another good buy. runner on the move typically 3M Scotchlite reflective material on them, and it
Buff's neck/headgear offerings are an absolute without breaking their follows that the more you pay for a shoe the more of that
essential for winter running. Their lines include breathing pattern. The material it will have on it because it's a relatively expensive
Polar, for extra warmth, and most importantly they hood is removable, the fabric to apply to a shoe.
have a line of Reflective Headwear which includes a colours very visible and "The feet move a lot when you're running, and the
luminous yellow just to be sure of being seen! The there's a fair amount of moving parts of the body are most attractive to a driver's
material is wicking, lightweight and if worn as a scarf, a reflective material. The price is high, but the value is there eyes, so reflectivity in shoes is very important." Saucony's
runner can pull it up over their mouth on a cold morning – at £275 RRP, it's not cheap but you are getting what you hi-visibility apparel range is getting a makeover in the new
to avoid that awful 'lung ache' that comes with very cold pay for: pure quality. year – you'll be able to see and read about it in our
runs. The reflective selection has a strip of reflective Base layers must be a staple for runners in cold weather, January issue.
material as well, of course. With most Buff coming in at too. There's a wealth of excellent product out there from Crucially, what we really need to know is, do runners
well under £15 (the reflective RRP is £11.99) – and not Canterbury's lovely BaseLayer Cold (long- and short- wear reflective gear? And if they do, do they wear enough?
taking up a huge amount of space in a shop – they're a sleeve) to Skins' wonderful gear – their full-length Many runners go out at night clad head to toe in black,
very attractive addition to a runner's protective armoury. compression tights are perfect for long winter runs. For trusting in just a reflective brand logo on a top or tights to
Gloves, hats, scarves and jackets all come into the runners wanting to try out base layers, Prostar's range is be seen by cars and cyclists; it's just not enough.
equation for the winter runner, along with staples like probably most affordable, with a base layer (Geo T) Sports Marketing Surveys has undertaken some
good socks. With modern fabric technology, there's no coming in around £12 – at that price, anyone can afford to primary research for SGB amongst runners and sports
longer the need to wear something you don't mind losing; try it out. The only potential problem there is that the participants. The respondents were regular or avid
Nathan Magnetic L.E.D
Air System Jacket from GORE RUNNING WEAR Nathan Streak Magnetically attach to
Made from GORE-TEX Performance Shell with An ultra-light weight, breathable clothing or pack for
AIRVANTAGE Insulation Technology mesh vest, cutaway to allow full range visibility up to 1mile.
Features include: GORE-TEX of motion and guaranteed not to ride SRP: £12.99
stretch inserts on arms for up. 400 candlepower reflectivity,
maximum comfort, anatomical 1200ft, 360degree visibility. 01923 242233 or
fit, close-fitting hood which also Adjustable fit.
zips off, adjustable sleeve bottom, SRP: £9.99
2-way front zip with semilock slider,
zip pocket on sleeve, reflective logo on front and back
Sizes: Small through to XX Large. Price: £274.99
• Full front zip fastening
High-Viz Soft Shell SRP £60 • 2 zip closing side pockets
Sky Run Hat • 1 zip closing chest pocket
Made from WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell. One Specification: • 2 large inside pockets
Size • RESULT Soft Shell Technology • 1 inside phone pocket
Features: Extended ear flaps, small • 345g/m2 Soft Shell 3 layer bonded fabric: • Adjustable shockcord hem
holes around the ears, reflective stripes/ Outer-layer: 93% Polyester, 7% Elastane • Inner storm flap to neck
logo front and back, thermo stretch fabric Mid-layer: TPU breathable membrane and collar
and elasticated tape on hem. Price: £24.99 Inner-layer: Microfleece for extra warmth • Decorative front yoke
Lining: 100% Polyester Taffeta to upper back • 50mm sewn on safety tapes
New Mythos Gloves • Windproof incorporating 3M™
Made from WINSTOPPER Soft • Waterproof (8,000mm) Scotchlite™ Reflective
Shell • Breathable (3,000mm) Materials
Sizes: 5/XS through to 10/XXL • Soft stretch fabric
Features: Silicone print in palm, Result Performance –
elasticated wrist, Velcro width adjustment, strengthening Features: Tel: 01206 865605
between thumb and forefinger, reflective transfer print, • Comfortable active cut
reflective logo on gloves • Fashionable shaped longer back panel
Price: £32.99
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