FREE 3M™ BRILLIANT REFLECTIVE STRIPS SAMPLE. It will be getting darker out on the road in November when the time change occurs, when much of the nation will switch from Daylight Saving to Standard Time. Before that day, November 5, 2017, there are Halloween- and Day of the Dead-themed events that will be held at night
Check out the RESOURCES page under the “SAFETY” section for a link to the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) General Running Safety Tips guidelines sheet. Remember that wearing white will not make you visible in the darkness. Best to wear clothing with reflective material or to run with lights; those that blink will more readily be noticed.
Consider that you will need to be seen from all directions, front, back, and sides. Apparel with this type of material can be expensive and frequently there is only a small amount of it on the shirt sleeves, pant legs, or cap. One way to enhance visibility is to stick or iron on reflective strips. Ironing can be a tricky business.
Earned Runs is giving a FREE sample of 3M™Scotchlite BRILLIANT Reflective (stick on) strips to those who request bibs, while supplies last. If you already have bibs, contact Earned Runs by email. Identify the address to which the bibs were mailed (it’s how we track bibs) and a sample will be mailed.
3M says in its advertising material that the strips can be seen up to 500-700 feet away. In a picture of the strips, the medium blue color is what is seen in daylight conditions. In darkness (my closet) the flash went off and the result is a brilliant white blaze where the material is stuck into a running jacket. This is what is said to happen when headlights hit the material. It what happens to the jacket I bought a couple years ago that has huge panels of reflective material (>50% of the lower portion). It's not sold anymore, unfortunately.
Since the samples are the stick-on type, the best way to utilize this non-permanent strip is on apparel that won’t be washed. The company doesn’t comment, but this makes sense. Keep in mind that any adhesive material can mark a surface after removal, so be careful in selecting apparel for this purpose.
The strips can be purchased as iron-ons or stick-ons, and in different colors (red, blue, black, purple). The iron-ons can survive 50 washes 3M says.
There are other ways/devices to go "hi-viz", butthe strips might help in certain circumstances.
NOTE: Stick on a running/walking buddy dog's leash or collar! Use on Halloween night to make Trick-or-Treating safe.
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