Visibility is important, and so is staying warm on your run. Looking cool is secondary, but why not go for checking all three boxes? (And, starting soon, you can add “save money” to that wish list: The entire Nathan website will offer 25% off on Black Friday, and starting on December 4, they’ll have deals on different gear each day as part of a “12 Days of Christmas” sale.)
Nathan has a series called Hypernight as part of their safety gear, including caps, beanies, gloves, and mittens. RunOregon tested it all out to see how it would work for Oregon winters. In the Portland metro area, we don’t often get freezing temps, but we do get a lot of damp, cold days when it’s just hard to warm up.
On days when you need more than a thin running glove, Nathan’s reflective gloves are a nice medium-weight option. They are men’s and women’s sizing that I felt run pretty true to size and snug around the wrist. I am almost 5′-8″ and wear 8.5 in my running shoes, and the size L gloves were the most comfortable on me although the M would have worked as well. If you have “big hands,” go a size up. The price for these is $29.99.
And on those windy days when it’s clammy, or one the weeks we have Snowpocalypse here … the days when your hands never really get warm, consider the Nathan convertible glove/mitt. These are gloves with a mitten pouch that can be stuffed away or pulled over the fingers to keep you warmer. They are wonderful for biking too, because you can still easily shift gears with the mitten pulled over. These are $34.99 online.
Both the gloves and convertible mitts, the primary color is black with a reflective pattern on the backs and neon detailing on the sides, palm, and fingers. For the women’s, it’s neon blue; the men’s accents are neon yellow.
Nathan also makes gear to keep your ears and noggin warm. There are headbands and hairbands (the hairbands are more narrow than the headbands and designed to just keep your hair off your face, but they can be used to cover the ears as well), and beanies with and without a ponytail slit. The hairband is $17.99, the headband is $19.99, and the beanies are $29.99.
The beanies are pretty deep, by which I mean they are not close-fitting over the entire skull. If you prefer a messy bun to a ponytail, I think even someone with really long hair would be able to fit a bun under this beanie. The hat itself doesn’t have a super tight band, so it’s really comfortable and doesn’t squish the tops of your ears.
And if you prefer a baseball-cap style hat – great for not-so-cold Oregon rain – the design on Nathan’s running cap is both reflective and glow in the dark. The pattern is looks like the night sky, and is visible in light as well. It’s online for $24.99. What’s coolest about these caps is that they’ve got a hidden pocket where you can stash some cash or a key.
Wherever you run, stay safe out there!