Test: Winter reflective jackets

Saucony Sonic Vizi jacket

£90

The USP of this jacket is the built-in LED lighting. These high-vis strips are located across the back and on the left-hand-side and are USB rechargeable. It also has reflective inserts on the front, back and sleeves; you will be seen when sporting this. It is also wind and water resistant. The fit could be slightly snugger and the jacket would benefit from thump loops or a more sealed sleeve as they gape slightly. Otherwise it’s a decent piece of kit to keep you warm, dry and seen.

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Puma Night Glow Jacket

£60

One to be used in warmer winter weather, when visibility is your key concern. Protection against the elements is average at best (it’s good for an autumn drizzle but no more) but the fit is decent, breathability is very good thanks to mesh panels under the arms and a ventilation strip across the back, and the hi-vis offering comes in two parts: the check design is reflective, and the zips and logo glow in the dark. 

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Nike Shield Flash Jacket

£240

Following on from the review of the Allover Flash jacket in the December issue of the magazine, we got hold of the Nike Flash Shield to review. Firstly, it's cheaper than the Allover and still benefits from all that shiny technology they've developed, but the real plus is the yellow fluro upper, which is still very visible but lighter and more breathable than the Allover Flash. There is venting at the back where the two halves meet to help regulate body temperature. Still one for those colder runs though. 

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Adidas SMT Jacket

£55

At first glance it doesn’t look up to much but actually the fit is brilliant, the material is elastic and it is extremely comfortable to wear, with the low-cut collar eradicating irritation under the chin. The check detail is reflective and there’s a chest pocket for your MP3 player or gels. If you never run in the rain but want some decent wind protection on a blustery day, this is for you.

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