Stay Visible this Winter with High Visibility Clothing

We’re taking a break today from safety glasses and shedding some bright light on High Visibility Safety Clothing, particularly for winter conditions. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in an area that’s warm and sunny all year round, the wintertime often brings with it blankets of snow and sheets of ice – in short, nasty weather conditions! You’ll likely be outside plowing or shoveling snow and ice several times this winter, and sure, you’ve got a winter coat, gloves, hat, and boots on, but are you visible enough next to that snow pile?

Slip n’ Slide
No, we’re not talking about a fun game for kids in the summer (we wish!), we’re talking about the propensity for cars and trucks to well, slip and slide down icy and snowy roads in the winter. You want vehicles to see you far in advance so they can slow down and ensure they’re traveling even safer as they pass you. High Visibility clothing, like our Reflective Safety Vests, are easy to slip on and really stand out against the white of the snow. We think preparedness is one of the top ways to ensure you’re safe, and high vis clothing lets you be seen from a distance.

Radians Safety Jacket

The Radians Bomber Safety Jacket is a good choice for cold and wet conditions.

Keep An Eye Out
Never underestimate the power of the cold. Regardless of how hearty and accustomed to the snow you are, you can go from feeling a bit chilly to numb, frost-bitten, and virtually unable to move in literally minutes. High visibility safety clothing, such as our Reflective Safety Jackets, are bright enough so your co-workers or family can clearly see you in winter conditions, and keep you warm and dry. Snow may look angelic, but it can be deadly. An extra layer of orange or yellow is a precaution that’s always worth it.

Style For Safety
Are you a winter sports addict who absolutely craves powder days, and is out there hitting the slopes when the mountain’s empty, save for a few lift attendants and ski patrol? Those kind of days make for beautiful skiing and riding conditions, but the risk of avalanches, snow-related injuries, and frost-bite increase dramatically, especially since you’re one of only a few people on the mountain. Your Oakley® snowboarding jacket may not as hip with a reflective safety vest over it, but if you’re a real rider, you know that compromising safety for style is never an option. And hey, when the crowds return to the mountain tomorrow, you can rock that cool jacket all you want.

Skip the winter whites this year – at least when you’re outside in adverse winter conditions. High visibility clothing, including reflective safety vests, reflective coats, and more, help you stay visible and safe as the snowflakes fall all around you. Have you had experiences with low visibility vs. high visibility clothing in the winter? Share your snow tales with us!

8 Safety Tips for Running in the Winter

Winter Jogging

Oakley Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from excessive glare and UV radiation while running this winter.

Remember a few months ago when you headed out for a run, you simply stripped down to almost nothing, threw on your shoes and MP3 player, and off you went?   Yup, there’s no doubt about it: running in the winter takes more thought and preparation than those carefree days of summer.  But whether winter affords you the luxury of running in the scarce daylight hours, or the only time you have is during the dark early morning or evening hours, there are several important challenges you must overcome to run safely in the wintertime.

Running During the Day
If you can, running in daylight is always safer, but if you live in the land of ice and snow, the sun’s glare can make your run uncomfortable and potentially unsafe.  When the sun’s blinding reflection makes it difficult for you to see potential hazards in your path, you need a lightweight pair of sunglasses that won’t slip down your nose when you perspire.  In this case, nothing beats Oakley’s Half Jacket Sunglasses.  PLUTONITE® lenses filter out 100% of all UV light and adapt to any light condition.  Additionally, the Half Jacket’s open-edge design allows excellent peripheral vision, while XYX OPTICS provide unmatched clarity.  With a light index of 3 for extremely bright sunlight, Oakley‘s Iridium coating provides maximum glare reduction and true-color perception.  With Oakley Half Jacket, you’ll be ready for safe running in any light.

Good traction is another issue runners face in snowy climates.  When fears of slips and falls threaten to destroy good form, Yaktrax are the newest and most user-friendly ice traction devices for your running shoes.  They’re lightweight, compact, and fit nearly all brands.  The coil design gives you 360 degrees of traction with hundreds of biting edges, allowing you to run with a more natural gait over packed snow and ice.

Still feeling the bite of frozen fingertips even when your core is dripping sweat?  Youngstown Glove Company’s Safety Orange Waterproof Winter Gloves won’t let your fingers get nippy.  Through extensive testing, proven patterns, innovative materials, and meticulous quality control, Youngstown’s gloves are # 1 in durability.  These gloves are not only waterproof, but windproof, and highly visible.  Featuring triple layer waterproof technology, an insulating micro-fleece liner, a breathable membrane, and 3M Scotchlite™ reflective tape on the knuckles and wrist, they’re ideal for running in cold, wet conditions.  And best of all, their terry cloth thumb virtually screams, “Go ahead.  Wipe your nose on me.”

Running in the Dark
Running in the evening or early morning darkness makes visibility your most important safety concern.  Once daylight savings time ends, the sun sets before most of us even get out of work, and that’s when several important pieces of safety gear become critical before heading out for a run.  The following guidelines will help you achieve the safest workout after sundown:

  • Wear reflective clothing to be as visible as possible.  Radians Reflective Safety Vests will get you noticed and visible even in the most miserable and poorly lit winter conditions.  They’re available in several configurations and feature exceptional durability, so you’ll get years of use.
  • Choose well-lit running routes.  Regardless of whether they’re your favorite,  routes with the most streetlights, businesses or residential lights are your safest choices.  Oncoming cars will have a better chance of seeing you, and you’ll be able to avoid potential hazards, such as potholes, icy patches, road debris, etc.
  • Run against traffic.  It’s easier to avoid cars if you can see them coming.  Try  running along less-busy roads with shoulders, bike paths, or sidewalks.
  • Vary your routes and times.  Potential attackers can study a runner’s routines and wait in dark recesses.  Don’t make yourself an easy target.
  • Run with a partner.  There’s safety in numbers, so if possible, never run alone.   But if you must, let someone know the route you’re running and approximately when you should be back.
  • Carry a cell phone.  You’ll be able to call police immediately if something goes wrong, or if you notice anything suspicious.
  • Always wear identification.  Zip your driver’s license in your pocket or wear an ID tag on your shoe or wrist.

With these few special pieces winter gear, runners can enjoy their sport year-round, confident that their health and safety are protected while doing their bodies good.

New Radians Hi-Viz Clothing

Radians Hi-Viz Safety Vests

Radians RadWear now offers Class 2 and Class 3 vests

New Radians Hi-Viz Safety Vests are now available in our Hi-Viz Clothing section.

Radians knows visibility is a safety requirement in high traffic areas, around heavy equipment,
and in poorly lit work environments. Hard work in these difficult places calls for noticeable
solutions. Now Radians makes you visible with our complete line of safety vests.
Radians’ RadWear collection now offers Non-rated, Class 2, and Class 3 vests for a
safer workplace.
All Radians Class 2 and Class 3 vests meet the requirements of ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 and are 3rd
party certified. Radians vests are constructed with 2” silver (CSR1303) retro-reflective stripes
and a durable light weight background material available in either Hi-Viz Orange or Hi-Viz Green.
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