Posted on October 14, 2011
NIKE VAPOR FLASH RUNNING JACKET
LAUNCHED ON: October 10, 2011
So long, sunshine. As the days grow shorter during fall and winter, pounding the pavement in low light and even total darkness is a fact of life for many dedicated runners. And one of the biggest challenges of running in the dark is making sure that others—especially drivers—can see you. That’s where high-visibility clothing comes in; it can actually increase the distance from which you can be seen by as much as 400 percent.
Nike’s latest hi-vis offering is the recently introduced Nike Vapor Flash Running Jacket. It was designed to provide 360-degree visibility in low light, with a reflective, laminated face that produces stunning 400-candlepower reflectivity. Once you see it in action, you understand why it’s being called ‘the brightest jacket on the road.’
Here’s how it works: Glass spheres in the fabric reflect light directly back along the same path as the oncoming beam (toward the car and driver) rather than scattering it, making it easier for a driver to recognize a runner. For times when you don’t need as much reflectivity, the hooded, reversible Nike Vapor Flash also features a toned-down matte side. And perforations plus zip vents keep air flowing to help you stay dry and comfortable. A bright idea, indeed.