Disclaimer: I received some Brilliant Reflective Strips to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.
I was actually excited to receive some of these strips to test out. I had seen others using them and I wanted to know for myself if they actually were as bright as they looked. I’ve never been comfortable with running in the dark, mostly because it’s hard to be seen no matter what you do. That makes training outside very difficult in the winter when the daylight hours here in the Seattle area max out to about 9 hours. We also get quite a few rainy and dark days, so sometimes it’s even hard to be seen at 3 p.m.
Enter Brilliant Reflective strips…
What are they? Brilliant Reflective Strips are strips of reflective and colorized material that you can add to various surfaces (clothing, bikes, helmets, backpacks, shoes, etc.) for maximum visibility. They are made from retroreflective material, which means when light shines on them, the light will reflect off the strip and go back directly to the source. Way cool.
To test them out, I ironed some onto a running shirt …
… stuck some on my child’s backpack, shoes, and hat …
The only light we used was the flash from my camera; otherwise it was pitch black outside.
… and just for fun, I stuck one on my remote control so I could find it in the dark.
Cost: $14.95 per pack in the color of your choice (black, red, purple, blue), either iron-on or stickies, free shipping. You can get a multi-pack which includes one of each color for $49.95, free shipping. If you choose to buy their multi-packs, you can use the code “BRPmulti” to get 20% off.
The Cons: I suck at ironing, so it took me forever to figure out how to get the iron-ons to stick (and at a higher-than-recommended setting). However, that’s my own personal disability and ineptness… you may not have the same problem.
Bottom line: In my opinion, I think they’re fabulous if you want to be seen. They’re not just for runners as these will stick on anything. Get creative! Put them on the cat’s collar! But most importantly, I don’t have to worry about my child not being seen in the dark because he now lights up like a Christmas tree.
Visit Mai’s blog at If I Just Breathe to see her review of the Brilliant Reflective Strips.
Join us on Twitter (#BibChat, @BibRave) on September 12 at 6 p.m. Pacific for a chance to win a pack of these handy-dandy safety strips! I know come Halloween night, AJ won’t be stepping out the door without being decorated in them from head to toe.