Tired of Lame Reflective Gear? Light Up Your Winter Workouts in Style With Our Top Picks

Tired of Lame Reflective Gear? Light Up Your Winter Workouts in Style With Our Top Picks
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Winter workouts can be a drag when the sun sets before you’ve even left your desk. We know. But while daylight is quickly becoming a hot commodity, in true Spartan spirit, there are no excuses NOT to squeeze your sweat sessions in. No. Excuses.

This winter will be unlike any other. Now, more than ever, the pandemic is pushing people from gyms to training outside. Nighttime (or early morning) runs, hikes, fat-tire bike rides, cross-country ski laps, and the like will be the way to stay in shape from now until spring. The good news: You can feel Spartan strong knowing you’re hacking it while the rest of the world is sleeping, or glued to Netflix.

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The thing is, there’s the dumb way to do it and the safe way to do it. Dumb would be layering up in dark clothing, popping in your earbuds, and expecting not to get rammed at 40 mph by a texting driver (because TBH, they are everywhere). Safe? Layer up in bright, eye-catching gear to illuminate your limbs and ensure YOU are the flashiest thing in traffic.

Spartan by CRAFT designed warm, sweat-wicking, breathable apparel made just for dark, cold winter days. Each piece encompasses reflective elements throughout, inspired by winters in Sweden (CRAFT’s home stomping grounds) where northern latitudes push visibility to the next level. Plus, we’ve added a game-changing headlamp by Petzl because if you’re going hard, slipping on black ice is the last thing you need.

The main goal here is to train smart (which includes picking the right gear) so we all make it to the starting line in 2021. Think it’s geeky? Get real. You can’t put a price tag on your life. Luckily, we've got your back with the best in reflective gear to keep you safe (and warm) on your night runs. So train on, reflective as hell and worry-free.

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Reflective Gear for Winter Workouts: Your ‘Light-Em-Up’ Head-to-Toe Getup for Safety & Style

reflective gear for winter workouts

THE VEST: Lumen SubZ Body Warmer

The lightweight Lumen SubZ Body Warmer provides epic core warmth, while keeping your arms free during night runs in cooler conditions where a jacket is too much. Light padding in the front keeps heat in, and a brushed jersey at the back allows for prime ventilation to avoid overheating. Plus, reflective tape lights you up in traffic so drivers will be sure to dodge you. Consider this your opportunity to crush intervals in peace. Working out where more warmth is a must? Layer the SubZ Body Warmer over your baselayer or lightweight running jacket to ensure you’re extra visible.


THE PANTS: Lumen Urban Run Tight

Don’t let the black color on these babies fool you. Reflective detailing throughout the design enhances visibility like no other — including print along the lower legs for max flashiness. An elastic waistband provides a comfortable, snug fit and internal drawcords let you cinch it tight. Zipper closures at the leg openings make for easy on-off transitions and you can stash your keys in the back pocket to kill your workout top to bottom, worry-free.


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As a standalone layer for warmer runs, reflective print at the sleeves make your arm movements during workouts more pronounced. As a baselayer, the SubZ LS Wool Tee provides next-to-skin wool warmth to keep heat in and chilly temps at bay. Tuck your thumbs into the holes at the sleeve openings to ensure it doesn’t ride up. Plus, ventilation-friendly mesh paneling at the back and sides make for ideal thermoregulation so its breathable, sweat-wicking technology supports you all workout long.


Warm and well insulated, the SubZ Jacket has brushed jersey all throughout and reflective perforated fabric for enhanced visibility during darker runs. Heat-bonded, lightweight quilting at the front shields you from the elements. Plus, pull the soft jersey hood over your head for extra warmth and protection. Two zippered side pockets make for simple storage and thumbholes at the sleeve openings keep this piece right where it should be so you can charge ahead full-force


The TIKKINA headlamp by Petzl should be your go-to for nighttime workouts. 250-lumen brightness exposes any divots, roots, rocks, or slick patches in your way via three main white-light levels for proximity, movement, and distance. You choose based on how your eyes adjust in the dark — and the type of terrain you’re tackling. Plus, a detachable, weather-resistant band tightens for a snug fit on any head size and goes right into the washer with the rest of your sweaty, stinky gear post-workout.

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