[quote]Don't run at night wrote:
Isn't a reflective vest and headlamp more visible?
For safety, a woman shouldn't be running alone at night. Otherwise pepper spray will get rid if most threats. Besides, most threats are dogs and this won't do anything and pepper spray will save you.
It looks like Tim has already beaten me to the punch on answering this, but I had many questions like yours before I met with him. Before we had coffee, I threw out a few questions like that as I had a ton of doubts myself. I thought the responses I got were well thought out.
I think it's safe to say that the average runner has no desire to wear a headlamp. I have never worn one. Plus I don't think that it really helps you be seen from behind. A reflective vest is only visible if a car's lights are shining on you. What if the car is coming from the side and you are at an intersection?
More importantly, with these pants/shorts, you don't have to wear anything you don't normally already wear. Let's say you out for a run at 4:30 pm and it's still light out (that's what happened ever year for my team at Cornell). Why in God's name would you want to lug a headlamp/vest around for half my run?
With these pants, 1) You aren't wearing anything you wouldn't normally wear (except for the small controller) and 2) you can just turn them on when it gets dark.[/quote]
A headlamp is necessary where I live as there are no street lights and potholes exist and can pop up in a single day in the winter due to snow plows.
The only close calls I get are from people on there cell phones so I could wear strings and strings of xmas lights and it wouldn't matter. Running defensively is key here.