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Reflective Running Vests: The Perfect Answer For Outdoor Winter Running

Alright, let’s be real here ladies. I’m flirting with 30. (Yes, you read that right, no judgement here folks, no judgement.) Somewhere in the last decade I’ve gone from the girl that could live on donuts & energy drinks at college (remember what I said about no judgement?) and not gain an ounce… to my current metabolism. What can I say, I really miss my old metabolism! 🙂
Normal life adventures, like kids & a full time job, plus a disappearing metabolism means its harder to stay in shape than it used to be. I know that if I want to live a long, happy life, I’d better get my butt in gear and start treating my body like the temple it deserves. Here’s the problem… I really like sugar. Like a lot.
So this September I started running in my neighborhood 2-5 days each week to help get myself back into balance (plus, it doesn’t break the budget). Let’s just say that in September, waiting to run until hubs got home was no biggie, it stays light outside until well into the evening. But now that it’s winter time here in Michigan I don’t stand a chance of running while it’s light outside. That has been making hubs very nervous – he doesn’t want anything to happen to me while I’m out for a run. Thankfully, that’s when the good people at Stark Safe asked me to review their reflective running vest for the blog. (The stars sure do align sometimes, don’t they?!)
Here I am in the vest without my outer running fleece on.
First Impression
My first impression of the vest coming out of the box was: 1) wow, this is light weight 2) wow, this is NEON yellow and 3) it reminds me of a construction worker. (That last one might not seem like a good thing, but honestly, when the whole point is to be seen by cars, I’d say that’s an excellent thing.) The vest itself is high quality, good stitching & includes a strong buckle – all great benefits.
I was a little nervous about sizing. I normally wear a size large, but the vest only comes in two sizes – S/M/L and L/XL. I was a little baffled about which size to choose for that reason, but decided to go with the smaller one (S/M/L). In the picture above I’m wearing just a tank top & long sleeve shirt, but I have the vest as loose as it will go. Once I put on my outer fleece jacket it fit a bit tighter, but not at all uncomfortable. If you plan to wear this vest with many layers, you might consider the L/XL size, but my fear would be whether or not it would then be too big during the summer when you wear less layers. (If I had to come up with a complaint about this product – the confusion in picking sizes would be my only one.)
The Experience
My Stark Reflective Vest lived up to what the company promised. The vest was light weight and comfortable. I was highly visible running along the side of the road, but not at all bothered by the vest. I imagine that while sprinting you might notice the buckle move a bit, but I think tightening it up would have fixed that problem.
Overall I’m thrilled with the product – it serves the exact purpose I was looking for without any negative side effects. I would highly recommend it for walking, running, biking, or any other activity that requires greater visibility. (Hubs even said that if he were to ever work construction again – he did before the economic changes that 2009 brought on – he’d steal it from me. So I think it’s fair to say there isn’t anything gender specific about its design, so you could feel safe purchasing it for anyone.)
Where To Get Your Own
The Stark Reflective Running Vest can be found on Amazon. (Currently only $19.99)
I was provided with a complimentary Stark Reflective Running Vest for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated for the review in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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