The darkness is coming. And I don’t mean anything Death Star related (for once). Canadian winters mean extreme temperatures and less than 9 hours of light on the solstice. While snuggling up by a fire is perfectly acceptable adult entertainment, our kids tend to want to do more extreme activity – even when it’s dark. A lack of light can cause more problems than dips in mood. When we can’t see kids crossing the street in the rain or chasing a wayward basketball at dusk, parents worry sick about their safety. Thankfully, mother and awesome designer Scarlet Kux-Kardos founded Zapped. The Zapped Outfitters collection of edgy and rugged waterproof clothing, reflective shoes and hats features custom-designed fully reflective fabric that is embedded with glass beads that reflect light at night! (Below photos taken with and without flash to show how cool the fabric is!)

Zapped reflective fabricMy 12 year-old son is a bit of a fashion hound so finding clothing that is cool enough for the skate park can be a challenge. When he saw the Zapped website and Instagram channel, though, he begged to incorporate as many pieces as possible into his back to school wardrobe. The fact that each item has reflective components made it even more cool – and safe.

High visibility kids jacketKids shouldn’t have to hibernate or hide their joy and light. If your little ones are like mine, they count the minutes until recess and glory in every second of play. Encouraging them to play hard and be seen for the unique and special people they are is key.

Skater kids ZappedToday was photo day, and both Ford and Hudson clamoured to wear their Zapped reflective gear. The walk to school, of course, was filled with climbing, jumping and several minutes of Fortnite dancing. Ford is wearing the Zapped flat-brimmed ball cap ($30) and reflective hooded jacket ($110). Hudson may never take off the zippered high-tops ($90) again. They come with elastic laces and a side zipper so you never have to even untie the bow. UrbanMommies has been given an exclusive discount code of 20% all purchases when ordering online with URBANMOMMIES20! I will definitely be grabbing a couple of Zapped reflective backpacks for the kids. I just wish they made funky, urban clothing for Moms too!

Zapped reflective high topsThe goodness of this cool brand doesn’t end at high visibility though. To celebrate the launch of Zapped, the company has partnered with backpackbuddies.ca, which helps fill children’s backpacks with food items for the weekend, when other food programs are unavailable. The second is rubensshoes.com, which donates shoes to kids in developing countries who might otherwise miss school due to a lack of footwear. Zapped Outfitters has an ongoing relationship with both organizations to donate proceeds from shoe and backpack sales.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from the Zapped reflective gear and the coolest clothing company I’ve ever worked with. All opinions and love of the brand are my own.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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