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Melanie Mitchell | September 17, 2021
Do you have enough hours in the day? Silly question, no need to answer! With the new Brooks Run Visible Collection, your need for more daylight hours, might be defunct given their new solution for running outside at the dawn/dusk time of day.
As the days make way for the darker seasons, low-light and night-running take on a necessity. Brooks Running set out to solve the issue of staying visible when running in the urban jungle of dawn/dusk/night runs.
Brooks engineers are keen to let science guide them. With that in mind, they met with scientists to inquire, not only how humans see light, but also how humans discern what is another human in certain types of low-light and no-light situations.
It came to light (pun intended) that in order to 'see' a runner as a human in motion, the brain is drawn to interpreting the motion zones of the approaching object to discern what they are. For us two-legged mammals, that means the key joints and moving parts of the human skeleton.
Taking all of this data into consideration, the smart folks at Brooks designed the Run Visible Collection with key reflective components around the joints of the human body.
Their goal? So you look like a runner, not a supernova when you're reflected in the headlights of an oncoming car.
The Run Visible Collection is designed so you're identifiable as a human being from 600ft away. When it comes to low light, every foot counts when it comes to identifying yourself as a runner.
Each piece included in the Brooks Run Visible collection is designe to reflect back light. Thanks to the neon color and reflective strips, it's the equivalent of 300 candles burning in the same location.
If you're past the age of, err, 40, you'll appreciate what forty candles burning on your birthday cake look like. Multiply that inferno by 7.5 and there you have it.
Running in the dark is not limited to the just northern climes. So, Brooks has made their Run Visible apparel in styles to suit all climates for shorter winter days.
Those in the 'almost Canadian' states will need a little more coverage than their neighbors in the 'almost Caribbean' states.
With that in mind the collection features a lightweight carbonite jacket, tights, gloves and hat as well as shorts and a technical running tee. Add to this, if you're going head to toe, you might as well add in a pair of the carbonite socks to complete the visibility puzzle.