Glow-in-dark Running Jacket? Now a reality

Get ready to glow. A to-be-released line from New Balance uses a light-absorbing technology to add built-in visibility for runners at night.

No joke. To “activate” the fabric, the company instructs, you must leave a jacket under “strong lights” for 10 minutes. Light is absorbed. Then you head into the night to run, a fluorescent glow seeping from the fabric as you pace through the dark.

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A subtle fluorescent glow is visible in this close-up

Called the Beacon Jacket, the product comes out this summer. Men’s and women’s models will cost $175.

In the dark, the jackets take on a greenish hue. Patterns down the sleeves and on the chest glow to add visibility. Additional hits of reflective material down the zipper and seams double your chances of being seen.

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Each stripe down the sleeve gives off a fluorescent glow

In all the Beacon Jacket has three types of visibility, including the glowing fluorescent for low light; a silver reflective on trim and taping for flashes in pitch dark; and a specially-developed fabric ink the brand says is a “brilliant yellow day color” for visibility even when the sun is out.

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Safer nighttime runs

Beyond jackets, New Balance will offer glowing shoes, tights and capris with similar vis tech. If you’re a runner searching for a way to been seen, consider this piece for an added glow factor when the sun goes down.

—Amy Oberbroeckling is an assistant editor

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Matching HI-VIZ jacket, pants, and shoes

Posted by Andy Benkert - 02/12/2013 11:50 AM

$175?!? Wow, think I’ll just buy some glow-in-the-dark tape and put it on a jacket and pretty much have the same thing.

Posted by Kp - 02/12/2013 11:34 PM

You’d think there would be pictures of it, ya know, the dark.

Posted by MB - 02/22/2013 08:16 AM

I’ve seen this beauty glow and let me say….. this is one gorgeous product! I do agree it would be nice to show the picture of it glowing……

Posted by Mark reardon - 02/24/2013 03:49 PM

Very cool especially for night running

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