Disclaimer: I received the Brilliant® Reflective Safety Strips to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews.
When I was learning how to drive, my dad always taught me to be a defensive driver - to never assume that the other driver is going to do the right thing. I’ve applied this same mindset when it comes to running, especially in the dark. The truth is, I’m a runner and there are many times that I have driven along familiar roads and have been caught off guard by a runner on the road because I truly did not see them there!
Well, this product is a game changer for anyone who has to be outside in the dark! Whether you are a runner, a cyclist or avid dog walker, this product will instantly make you safer because Brilliant® Reflective Safety Strips can be added to anything and everything you already own, making you highly visible to cars as you enjoy the outdoors.
Brilliant® Reflective Safety Strips are available in two forms: Iron-ons and Stick-Ons. I received two packages of both forms to try. The Iron-on strips adhere to clothing with a low heat transfer that allows the strip to become permanent on your apparel. According to the package, they should last up to 50 washes. The Stick-On strips are placed directly onto your equipment or apparel. You can place these strips right onto a bike or buggy frame, bike helmet, dog leash or outdoor gear - even jackets!
Brilliant® Reflective is different than other brands because it’s made from 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective, a highly reflective material that is 200x brighter than a white t-shirt. This is important because most active wear reflective details are purely cosmetic that does not reflect enough to enable drivers to see you from a safe distance.
Did you know that a car traveling at 30mph needs 75 feet of stopping distance? This is in dry pavement conditions and probably on a straight road! While this may seem like plenty of space, it really isn’t, especially if you are running (or cycling!) towards them! That’s where Brilliant® Reflective’s BioMotion comes in:
“Outline the human form with the reflective material - arms, legs, torso – so when the light shines back drivers will recognize you as a person. The sooner the driver sees a person, the sooner they change their driving behavior.”
This makes so much sense! Applying these high-brightness Brilliant® Reflective strips on the proper locations of the body will allow drivers to see you in plenty of time to react and prevent accidents.
While I tried both the Iron-ons and Stick-ons, I preferred the Stick-ons. They both stayed on just fine and lasted through at least two washes, but the Stick-ons can be applied to EVERYTHING! Most of my running clothes are not iron friendly so the Stick-ons are a better option for my gear.
My strips worked best on non-compression materials. It seemed that jackets, quarter zips, shoes and hydration packs were best for me. The Stick-on strips seemed to peel off a bit on my leggings. But since they are so reasonably priced, I think it's worth replacing them every few washes!
Each package costs just $9.99 and contains pre-cut strips that are enough to cover a few different garments. I even cut a few strips smaller for a better fit on my clothes. A couple of packs will get you started and they are reasonably priced if you need more!
You can use the code "BIBRAVE25" for 25% off your full order (one time use per customer). Hurry! The code will expire on Tuesday, 10 January at 11:59pm. And don't forget that international shipping IS AVAILABLE!
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