Friday, March 18, 2011

Product Review: Brooks Running Nightlife Jacket and Adapt Glove

When spring is near, I can't wait to get off the treadmill and head outdoors to run.  Unfortunately our winter drags on, and so dressing appropriately helps make running outside a more safe and pleasant experience.  For my early morning, early spring runs, I borrowed some of my husband's running items - the Brooks Running Nightlife Jacket and the Brooks Adapt Glove.

The restyled NightLife Jacket comes armed with 360 degrees of 3M™ Scotchlite™ 500 candle-power retroreflectivity and loads of features. It offers enhanced visibility and peace of mind for you—or someone you love.
• Fit: Semi-fitted
• Water- and wind-resistant
• 360 degrees of 3M™ Scotchlite™ retroreflectivity
• New Brooks retroreflective “See Me” logo on back
• Moisture-proof internal MP3 pocket
• Invisible chest pocket for lip care and I.D.
• Secure side zip pockets to stow essentials
• Full front zip with storm guard with zipper garage

Back in the fall, Brooks sent my husband, Kovas this jacket to try.  He suggested that I wear it for safety for my early morning runs outside.

With flash/headlights

No flash/headlights
This jacket is bright! Although I am not usually a fan of neon, this item is a must for early morning runs.  It provides high visibility and is a good weatherproof shell.  Based on the performance of the men's version, I would guess that the women's Brooks Essential Run Jacket would be just as great  - just a bit more flattering:).

The Brooks Adapt Glove is another great shoulder season accessory.  These gloves have a removable mitten which provides a weatherproof and windproof barrier.  When not needed the mitten can be stowed in its own pocket.

Obviously these items were sent to Kovas in his size, so they are quite roomy on me.  The jacket, however still provides the weatherproof barrier and more importantly the high visibility for safe early morning runs.  The gloves (Kovas says they run small) are probably a size or two too large for me, but at 30-40 degrees the two layers keep my hands comfortable.

Disclaimer: These products were sent to Kovas for review purposes, courtesy of Brooks Running. We were not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the items a positive review, and all opinions are our own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.


  1. That's a reflective jacket, all right! I'm so guilty of doing my night/early morning runs in ninja-wear. This would be a great birthday present for me in the women's style. I may have to point my husband this way!

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