Do you run at night? Do you worry about cars or people seeing you? November is Running Safety Month so I wanted to tell you about another great product to keep you safe. Sayre has a great, cost effective solution for you.
I work in the transportation field and current safety standard require us to use highly reflective vests. Sayre is one of the companies that make those vests. They have taken that technology and created a line of reflective gear for runners and cyclists. Sayre was founded in 1987 and they are located in Buena Vista, Virginia. They run one of the largest embroidery facilities in the United States. Sayre has products for construction, military and sports applications.
I received several products to test out. One of their best sellers is the Re-Flex Elastic Belt. It is a 2” wide belt that adjust from 28-48” in length (although it can be stretched to 9’ to fit over jackets and backpacks). Each Re-Flex belt has a 500 candlepower 3M Scotchlite reflective band for great visibility and a quick release buckle. It comes in 10 different colors. There is also a women’s version that is 1.5” wide and comes in 4 colors. Both versions of the Re-Flex belts sell for $9.75 each, which is a steal. I found this belt to be extremely comfortable and didn’t have any issues with it bouncing around or sliding up my body as I ran.
Sayre also has a vinyl belt that also uses the 3M Scotchlite reflective technology. While I liked the elastic version better, I felt that this belt worked well too. It comes in 8 colors and also has some additional options that have two colors (one per side, which is reversible). You can buy the vinyl l belt for $10.15.
Sayre also has armbands using the same technology, both in vinyl and elastic. I found that these armbands work well but might not be quite tight enough on people with very small arms. The bands sell for about $4.50 and come in 11 colors. They utilize a Velcro closure system that keeps the band secure. Again, I liked the elastic better than the vinyl, but they both worked well and would help you to be more visible. I am sure that it is just personal preference. If you run in the rain frequently, the vinyl might be a better option.
I really like the reflective products that Sayre produces. They are cheap and effective tools to help keep you safe when you are running at night. This would be a great stocking stuffer for the runner in your life. You can buy them at http://www.sayreinc.com/ReFlex.
Note: I received this product in exchange for a review. The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it. I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.