The Nova running jacket includes an array of impressive features, not the least of which is a series of green lights integrated into the front and back shoulders of the garment itself. Those lights offer two brightness levels – or can be set to blink – allowing the runner to be visible from as far away as 450 feet. A rechargeable battery pack that weighs just half an ounce is included with the jacket, and is capable of keeping the lights powered on for up to 8 hours at a time. That battery slips conveniently into its own hidden pocket for easy storage.
As with most running jackets, the Nova features an athletic cut designed to hug the body without impeding motion. Its fabrics stretch and move naturally with the runner, providing a full range of motion. Those same fabrics are wind and waterproof, providing good protection from the elements, and despite being thin and relatively lightweight, they are surprisingly warm. Best of all, despite the integrated lights, the Nova is still machine washable, making it easy to keep clean.
Other nice features of the Nova smart jacket include a stowaway hood, thumb holes to help keep your hands warm, and reflective elements embedded on the cuffs. A waterproof pocket, made specifically for a smartphone is built into the right sleeve, while an integrated headphone port makes it easy to run a set of wired earbuds directly to that device.
Nova launched on Indiegogo today with the hopes of collecting enough crowdfunding to turn it into a real product that runners will be able to buy. If successful, it should go on sale early next year. Early-bird supporters can pre-order one now for just $99, which is a 44-percent discount from its full retail price.
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