Running overnight or even long one-day relays means having some reflective or illuminated running vests at the ready for your leg(s). But what about when you’re not running? Those relay vans weigh just as much if they hit you in the exchange area as they would if you’re hit while running.
Inlighten is the name of a Canadian company with a line of glowing clothes. I’m not talking about a sweatshirt with some lights in it, I’m talking about a sweatshirt that literally glows … and, as a bonus, can be set to pulse or blink to music (called “sound reactivity”). Of course, there’s also an app to control the color.
The gear was created by Eddy Song in part to be worn to electronica music shows, but he took it one step further and used lightweight materials you can move in. I mean, have you ever been to a house music club? It’s one helluva workout! I haven’t tried the gear out, just read about it, but I’m making the assumption if it was designed for clubbing it would work well for running.
The gear isn’t designed as running gear, but I could see it keeping you warm and safe in the dark. The crop vest would be perfect for Hood to Coast when you’re melting hot, and the bomber jacket would work out great on the chilly overnights of Cascade Lakes Relay.
The gear can be washed, and uses batteries for illumination, and carries a 6-hour life after a 2-hour charge.
It’s not exactly cheap, but it’s hella novel and honestly, I think it’s cool. I’d love to rock some Inlighten gear at the H2C party on the beach! You can check all the gear out and order some at their website here.