Being Seen in the Dark

I want to tell you a story. I went for a run early morning. It was pouring rain and it was still pitch black out. I started my run around 5:16am in downtown Minneapolis. I ran through the streets and then around Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. During my run, I saw three other runners, handful of pedestrians, and four cyclists. Out of all the people that I saw on my 4-mile run, two cyclists had lights, no one else had any lights or reflective.

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To me, that is complete stupidity. If you do not have reflective or lights, you are 100% not seen. Bright and colorful clothing does not help when it is dark out. Ultimately, you are out on a run or cycling because you want to take care of yourself. So why are you not protecting yourself while out on that run or bike ride? Here is what I do when I am out on a run in the dark. Here is my list of must haves:

  1. Headlamp: I use the Black Diamond Ion It is cheap and it does the job. Nothing too fancy.
  2. Tail Lights/Shoe Lights: I love these things. The Nathan Sports LightSpur LED Foot Light is awesome because you attach it to your shoe and you are good to go.
  3. Reflective Hat/Headband: I am a big fanboy of Buff® USA products so I have a couple of their reflective hats and headbands.
  4. Reflective Strips: I put these things on everything. I work for Brilliant Reflective so obviously I like the product but I wish I knew about them earlier. All you do is put the strips on your clothing and you are good to go.


Whether you are training for something or you are just a daily runner, consider this: if you get hit by a car, a bike, or step off the curb wrong because you couldn’t see it, you will not be able to run. Take care of visibility and safety like you take care of your training and physical fitness.



Running With Style & Safety

Disclaimer: I received The UV Reflective Half BUFF® as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Running Hills w/UV Reflective Half BUFF

When I am getting ready for a run, I am looking for comfort and simplicity. I want to wear the least amount of clothing but it needs to keep me safe, keep me warm or cold, and it needs to make me look good on Instagram 😊. Any combo that fulfills those requirements is a combo I am looking for. The past couple of weeks I have been running with the UV Reflective Half BUFF®. This thing has been awesome for me. The BUFF® is a tubular headwear accessory that protects you from the sun, keeps back your hair, keeps you warm, and well there are a ton of other uses for it. Wrist band, that’s a good one when you get hot. Face mask, another good one for when you are running in Minnesota and its zero degrees with -14 degree wind chill. For me, the BUFF® keeps my hair organized, makes me visible with the reflective, and it is super simple.

BUFF = Messy Hair Solution

The UV Reflective Half BUFF® is perfect because I am kind of getting long hair and it bugs the crap out of me when it’s bouncing around. It is also a great solution for when I am playing volleyball and I did not shower that day. A couple weeks ago, Paul said to me, “Andrey, what is happening with your hair?!” Luckily, the BUFF® can neatly tuck it all back and not get in my face when I am killing it on the court. BTW team name in volleyball is “Sloppy Sets” (nbd).

Reflective Half BUFF w/Flash

Being a runner that runs in the early mornings or late evenings, visibility is extremely important. I run in downtown Minneapolis and I am crossing roads on every one of my runs. The reflective logo and the reflective pieces on the BUFF® are great for making me reflective and more visible. Pairing the half BUFF® and other reflective clothing and gear is great for morning/night time running.

The UV Reflective Half BUFF at Night

The BUFF® is such a simple accessory, which I absolutely love. I hate anything that gets in the way of me running. The UV Reflective Half BUFF® is small enough that it does not get in the way of my headphones but made from high quality material. It adds a layer of warmth in the winter but it’s breathable material so that I can wear it during volleyball and in the summer.

This multi-use accessory is a pretty cool addition to my collection of running gear. I have been able to find ways to use it outside of running and that is a nice feature that is not always outlined.

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