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Be Seen in the Brooks Run Visible Collection

Since we can’t always run in the daylight hours this time of year, Brooks has our back (front and sides) with the Run Visible Collection. This collection has both clothing and shoes to light you up day or night.

More About The Brooks Run Visible Collection:

Be recognized as a runner from up to 600 feet away in the Run Visible Collection. The out-of-this world trio of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Carbon Black Stretch reflectivity in critical motion zones, contrasting colors, and unique fluorescence will help you be seen at any hour.

We partnered with color experts to create a unique fluorescent color for high performance in low light — using high contrast colors so that even the non-reflective parts of our apparel are visible.

Our apparel features high-contrast colors to make even the non-reflective parts of our gear visible.

We teamed up with 3M to leverage their 3M™ Scotchlite™ Carbon Black Retroreflective technology for its high level of reflectivity and color durability. Placed in critical motion zones, the material helps you get recognized as a runner.

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Annette & Matt: We recently tried the Run Visible Convertible Jacket and Run Visible Insulated Vest. Both are intended for cool rainy or windy weather – basically 9 months of the year in the PNW. They are light but waterproof. The super cool thing about the jacket is the option to turn it into a vest if you no longer need the rain jacket and/or you get a little too warm. Or if you just want the reflective option without the extra layer. And if you try to avoid jackets at all costs, the insulated vest provides a little more structure and warmth for your running needs.

The design of the jacket is simple and practical. There are plenty of reflective locations, but it still has clean lines and doesn’t look busy. The jacket has a hood that can be folded up and tucked away as part of the collar if you don’t wish to wear it. The 2 outer side pockets zip up and are protected so that the contents won’t get wet. There are also 2 inside pockets. A super smart feature of this jacket are the snaps in front – you can unzip the jacket if you are too warm, but keep the jacket from flapping around by utilizing these snaps in front to keep it somewhat closed. What a great idea!

The most innovative feature of the Run Visible Convertible Jacket is definitely the ability to easily turn the jacket into a vest. I thought it would be complicated, and I looked for instructions on how to do it. I didn’t find anything, so I decided to just wing it. So easy! I just pulled the 2 front hooks out from inside of the jacket and unhooked them, then turned the little vest pocket inside out. Next I began stuffing the jacket into the pocket. It all fit quite easily and in no time I had a reflective vest! Depending on how you put the jacket into the pocket, it can be a little bulky, but the jacket is super light, so you just feel like you have a tiny little backpack on – with basically no weight.

We live in Oregon, so we were able to run in both the jacket and vest on multiple cool rainy days and the precipitation protection was great! Water just beaded up and didn’t soak through. They also did a good job of adding layers of wind protection AND warmth.

The main recommendation we would have is the sizing. We used the website’s size guide and, though they stated we should be good with our standard sizes, we believe you should size up. Both of these items are designed to be outer layers, so with a tighter fit to them we think it needs a little more room. We would recommend going up a size if you want to wear these over layers and/or if you prefer it to rest over your hips not above. To clarify, these items do fit, but unless you desire to wear with minimal items underneath, going up may work better this winter.

Bobi Jo: Though not part of the Run Visible collection, they are a cold weather running pant from Brooks that we wanted to rave about for a minute. The Momentum Thermal Pant is a jogger-style, looser-fitting running bottom for the chilly mornings and brisk afternoons we’ll have for a few more months. I’ve been wearing these everywhere and for everything: running, running errands, wearing around the house, on dog walks, and most recently to help a friend move out of their house and also to stroll down Peacock Lane. These will also be perfect as a base layer under ski pants for the slopes. I love them.

They are made of apdated DriLayer® Threshold fabric (i.e. warm!) and have a wide waistband to avoid any digging in, especially when layering. The cuffs at the ankles are tight to restrict drafts, but not constricting. I love the semi-fitted cut so they are a mix of running tight + sweatpants, without being baggy nor leggings (if you prefer them a bit on the loose side, I’d recommend sizing up). There are two zippered pockets right at the sides for your hands, a phone, keys, etc.

They are only available in black but I hope they have a v2.0 with some other colors in the next iteration!

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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.

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