“Disclaimer: I received four Brilliant Reflective strips packs to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”
To say that I truly needed this product is an understatement. A group of chicas and I run very early in the morning (read: when it’s still o-dark-30) and are always worried about cars pulling out of driveways or coming around corners and not seeing us. We all wear headlamps and/or gear with some reflective features, but have continued to worry about our safety.
Until now, that is. As part of being a BibRave
ambassador, I’ve been testing these strips for the past couple of weeks. The company provided both stick-on and iron-on strips, which I promptly applied to the following:
- The dog’s collar
- The back of all of my running shoes
- The back of my winter running jackets
- The back of my winter hats
- My winter running mittens
- The front and back of my hydration vest
- The back of my favorite running Skirts Sports skirts
The strips include very clear and thorough application instructions inside the packaging.
I still have some strips left, so I will do another round of pasting/ironing on in the coming days. A chica can’t be too careful.
Application is super easy. For the stick-on strips, you peel the back and place on the item. These are best used for things that don’t go in the wash, like the aforementioned shoes and hydration vest.
The iron-on strips took a little more time but are also more durable for washable items like jackets, tights, hats and mittens/gloves. Here’s how I applied mine:
Step 1: Separate the strips.
Brilliant Reflective strips come in several colors, including black.
Once you open the package, the strips are easily separated. Choose the proper size for your item or cut it down to size.
Step 2: Place the strips on your item
I placed my strips on the back of my favorite running jacket.
The company recommends placing the strips in spots “recreating the human form with motion.” That includes placing the strips so they’re visible from all sides of your body and on your head, shoulders, knees, elbows, hands/wrists and feet.
Step 3: iron on using a paper towel
Even the back of my hat got the Brilliant Reflective treatment.
The company recommends making sure to use a paper towel when ironing on the strips and using a slow continuous iron movement over the towel while applying a bit of pressure. This process took about 30 to 40 seconds.
step 4: remove the clear plastic covering
Make sure your strips are cool before removing the clear covering.
Once the strip cools, you can remove a clear plastic covering. Mine came off easily and quickly.
step 5: BE SEEN
My back now lights up when I’m running or walking in the dark.
Thanks to my new Brilliant Reflective strips, I now light up beyond just my headlamp. I am a lot more comfortable running or walking my dog when it’s dark outside.
I genuinely can’t think of any downsides to the product, except for any user error like when I accidentally put the strip down incorrectly and accidentally ironed the strip to the paper towel. Oops.
If you want to light up on your run, you can save 25 percent off all Brilliant Reflective multi/assortment packs with code BRP25. Or click here to automatically get the discount at checkout.
What do you do to make sure you’re seen when it’s dark on your run? What other spots should I consider for additional strip placement? (You may have to click on “Continue Reading” to leave a comment.)