This time of year, with days getting shorter, it makes finding time to run and jog when it’s light outside difficult. Most of the time running before sunrise or sunset is the only time to get a run in. Thankfully, RunLites gives runners the ability to see without sacrificing comfort or convenience. RunLites are the ideal running gear for running in the dark. RunLites offers many products. At Run Oregon, our bloggers reviewed the RunLites Sling II and RunLites Half-Length.
Mindy’s Impression: Whenever I run, the last thing I think about is visibility. I usually only have so much time to get a run in, that I tend to get dressed quickly and leave, without thinking of the things I need to bring with me. Thankfully, running in several relays the past year, I have stepped up my running accessories game. One of the relays I have run in, is Hood to Coast. They require runners to carry a flashlight or headlamp during the early morning/ night runs. If you are like me, running with something on your head or carrying a flashlight, is not ideal. Thankfully, I was introduced to these amazing slings that offer light and visibility. They are called the RunLites Sling II, and let me tell you, they are pretty amazing. They not only functional, but they are also very comfortable. They provide hands-free directional light (with a rechargeable LED unit), without the warmth of a glove. They are perfect for warmer weather running, and for relay races (which sometimes require running with flashlights). It is made with weather resistant material, and has a sleek design. It also has a wide reflective wrist strap for extra visibility. Now, when I run in the morning, I always carry my RunLites Sling II. Visibility is key during these next few months!
Meg’s Impression: From October until April, I am running at least twice a week in the dark. When this phase of my running-insanity began, I was using headlamps, but often found myself with a headache after any runs longer than an hour. No matter how I angled the light, tightened the cord, or adjusted my hat, that weight continued to press down on my forehead. So last year I started using hand lights from another company. But those lights had to be held onto, and if I zoned out for a minute that meant backtracking to grab the dropped light. So, the RunLites half-gloves have been a fantastic new option. First off, they make me feel like Iron Man with the lights coming off the back of my hands and piercing the darkness. Second, when running with a friend who wore a headlamp, my lights were so bright hers wasn’t even needed. And the half-gloves are the perfect style for these chilly fall mornings. I was originally worried about the weight of the lights on my hands, but they fit snuggly into each glove (secured by Velcro) and after a few minutes I didn’t notice them anymore. The one aspect of the gloves that confuses me is the small pocket on the inside palm of each glove. According to the instructions, it’s for a house key. But the pocket seems too small to fit in more than maybe some cash or a few Advil (in a tiny plastic bag). Luckily, I have a few months of fall and winter running ahead to try and figure the mystery out.
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More about RunLites:
RunLites are a hands-free, wearable safety light. They’re perfect for any type of nighttime or low-light activity, from running, cycling, hiking or other everyday activities. The RunLites LEDs provides a 135-degree radial arc of light up to 40 feet ahead to increase the wearer’s visibility. The gloves have reflective strips and accents to help the pedestrian be seen.
With pedestrian fatality rates almost three times higher at night. It’s clear there’s a problem seeing and being seen at night and in low-light areas. RunLites improve your nighttime visibility, without using awkward headlamps and flashlights. RunLites are the ultra lightweight and super bright safety solution.
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