Reflective cycling kit makes you more visible to other road users in low light and can help you to avoid accident. We've picked out some of the top reflective cycling kit of 2023 to help you to build your winter cycling outfit.
Gone are the days of boil-in-the bag neons. Today's wide choice of reflective and hi viz cycling kit means you don't need to compromise on performance or style. From reflective commuter jackets that don't look out of place at after-work drinks to high-performance weatherproof tights for long winter training sessions, there's no reason not to stand out on the roads.
The best reflective cycling jackets
This stylish jacket in a subdued grey fits flatteringly over office or casual-wear making it perfect for city rides or the daily commute. However, it really comes into its own in low light when the retro-reflective print glows brilliantly under street lights and headlights.
Velcro wrist closures and breathable but extremely waterproof fabric mean there's no danger of arriving looking dishevelled should the heavens open.
Be unmissable as you blaze a trail through the city in this highly versatile waterproof from Endura. The hi-viz yellow reflects UV rays during the day, then as the night falls the large retro-reflective patches bounce external light sources back to make you glow.
On rainy days, the breathable outer Exoshell20™ shell jacket will keep you dry. Add the reversible primaloft gilet for extra warmth, or wear the gilet on its own on milder days to keep the chill off your chest.
Whether you choose the eye-catching orange, or the subtle grey or black, this high-performance dhb waterproof will help you to get noticed. The retro-reflective pattern on the upper body, sleeves and back has been placed deliberately in the line of sight for drivers.
The Aeron Tempo FLT has been designed for exceptional comfort on those long winter training days and features a drop-tail to keep you covered even in an aero position. It's incredibly lightweight so it's easy to pack into a jersey pocket on every ride.
The goldilocks of winter cycling jackets - not too tight and not too loose, just a great fit for all your cold-weather rides. Made from Windproof Gore-Tex® Infinium™ to lock in body heat and repel light showers, it will keep you comfortable on those changeable days.
A drop-tail gives you coverage as you splash through standing water on the roads and zip-off sleeves let you cool down should the sun make an appearance.
The best reflective cycling bib tights and trousers
The popular Aeron FLT Roubaix tights are back for another year and this time they're warmer and more protective than ever before. The new improved Roubaix fabric is just as soft on the skin but has been manufactured using an environmentally sustainable process, meeting bluesign® approval.
Classic black compliments any winter jersey whilst reflective dhb logos on the thighs and chevrons on the calves boost visibility from multiple angles.
RoS stands for 'rain or shine' and if you're the type of cyclist that doesn't let inclement weather get in the way of a good ride, this is a great option for you. Nano Flex 3G fabric is used for warmth and water repellency, without restricting movement. Panels of Nano Flex Xtra Dry are deployed across the body, thighs and back where you will most appreciate added protection from the rain.
Large reflective inserts have been strategically placed on the lower calves which are constantly in motion as you pedal, making them hard to ignore.
These lightweight over-trousers are perfect to keep in your commute bag for unexpected showers. You can adjust the leg length easily with popper fastenings to make sure your work trousers underneath are safe from muddy puddles.
Highly reflective large panels at the back and sides offer 360 degree visibility. A durable but stretchy seat panel defends against saddle wear which means you'll be rocking these year after year.
The best reflective cycling accessories
Keep your commuting essentials safe and dry in this heavy-duty roll top rucksack. A vented back system and adjustable straps will let you carry everything you need in comfort and there's a padded laptop sleeve and zipped pocket to help you organise your valuables.
Available in bright hi viz yellow or black, both options feature an eye-catching reflective print.
Reflectives are at their most effective when they're on moving body parts. These wind and water resistant overshoes put a bold reflective print on your feet for extra visibility even as it gets dark.
The zip fastening on the ankle and hook and loop closure underneath make them easy to take on and off and the reinforced heel and toe add durability so you can wear these all winter long.
If you're riding in low light conditions, it's a good idea to wear something bright on your hands like cycling gloves so that you can be sure they're as visible as they can be when you indicate a turn.
These hi viz gloves from GripGrab feature a grippy print on the palm so you can stay in control even if your bars are wet and the touch-screen compatible pads mean you can operate your tech without letting heat escape.
This simple microfibre tube could be your new best friend for chilly rides. You can wear it as a neckwarmer, balaclava, mask, headband or helmet liner and it's small and light enough to stow in a pocket if you get too warm.
3M Scotchlite staggered broken reflective stripes look smart in natural light and offer extra visibility under headlights.
Reflectives are a critical part of night riding, and keep you seen on the roads. For more protection, its worth considering cycle insurance for additional peace of mind.
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