Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Light Bulb Finally Went On: Night Runner 270° Shoe Lights - Review

Disclaimer - I was given these lights in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions are my own.

Those of you that follow me on Instagram probably saw this picture a couple of weeks ago.  Since that post, I've had several people ask me about these lights.

I have two words to describe them.  AWE-SOME.  Ok that's technically one word but it emphasizes just how amazing I think these things are.  I honestly don't know why someone didn't think of this sooner.  Thank goodness for Doug & Renata Storer! 

When the days get shorter and the nights get longer, runners take all sorts of precautions to make themselves as visible as possible.  We don reflective gear, head lamps and flashing lights.  All of these things are great in terms of helping others see you but what about seeing where you're going?  That is the one thing about running in the dark that worries me.  Toronto roads are generally in pretty bad shape in terms of potholes and our older sidewalks are not much better so I'm constantly looking down trying to navigate the road in front of me by illuminating it with my head lamp.  If I'm running on main streets it's not too bad but that's not always possible or desirable for that matter.

Enter the Night Runner 270° .

These lights actually clip on to your shoe laces and illuminate up to 100 feet in front of you with 270 degrees of coverage.  There are three settings for the light.  The first one is what I'd call medium, the second would be high and the third is a flashing option.   The lights are comprised of multiple white LEDs that face forward with a single red one facing backwards so that you can also be seen from behind.  They are incredibly light weight and they easily clip into the laces of your shoes.  They're made to withstand high impact activities and they are also water resistant.   The bracket that the light sits on is also adjustable either up or down, depending on the wearers requirements. 

I was surprised at how light they were, given the size.   I thought for sure I'd notice them on my shoes but I didn't.  They are incredibly light weight and if you secure them properly, they don't move.   I was happy to see that they were powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that you can charge with the mini usb port provided with the lights.  The batteries last between 4 - 8 hours depending on level of usage.

Here are the lights in action! 

I'm not a trail runner but I would suspect that these would be fantastic in an any sort of ultra event.  
I highly recommend these lights.   I don't think I'll ever be able to run at night without these now.   Thank you Renata and Doug! 

If you're interested in purchasing a pair you can do so here.  A single pair retails for $59.95 US and right now they have a deal where you can get two pairs for $109.95 US.  I know it's only October but Christmas will be here before you know it!

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