Typically, I wear a headlamp when running in the dark. I like headlamps, but if I'm being perfectly honest, I never feel like they light very far in front of me and I have to hold my head in a particular way in order for the light to shine in a way I can see! This is especially true when running the trails in the dark. So, I've never felt 100% in love with my headlamps and always felt there had to be a better way to do things. Enter Knuckle Lights. These light, easy to use lights may be changing the way I do things from now on! Here are my thoughts after using Knuckle Lights Rechargeable Lights for about a week's worth of early runs :)
1. They're super light. One of my gripes with headlamps are that they're heavy, especially when I'm wearing a hat (which I usually do). The idea of running without a headlamp is really attractive to me but I was afraid I would hate holding something in my hands for an entire run. During the San Diego 50, I held a flashlight for the last 6 miles and I hated it! That tiny flashlight felt like it was 1000 pounds by the end. Right out of the box, the Knuckle Lights were super light. I was wondering if the rechargeable battery would be heavy but not at all. And you barely notice them on your hands.
2. They charge quickly and hold charge a long time. Technically, when used on high power, they should last about 4 hours. I've used them on high for 3 runs ranging from 4-6 miles and haven't had to charge them yet. When used on low power, they should last about 8 hours. That will come in handy when I'm running my 100-miler next year. I'll probably get another pair to keep in my pack! In addition to the high and low settings, there is also a blinking setting. Battery should last about 14 hours in this mode. They are also magnetized, so when you take them off the charging station, they bind together. This helps prevent you from losing one :)
|Magnets keep them together!|
3. You barely notice them on your hands. I was apprehensive about running with the lights on my hands based on my flashlight experience mentioned above. I thought I would hate them, they would bounce and be annoying. None of the above! When placed correctly on your knuckles, you don't even notice them. And when adjusted correctly, they won't move. I was concerned about making sure they would fit on my hands, but they fit perfectly! I wore them both with and without gloves and didn't have any issues with the lights bouncing or moving around.
5. You can see far. Light up whole street if you want to. In order to take the video below, I placed the camera far down at the end of my street, perhaps 0.05 mile away. As you can see, I'm not hard to miss. While my jacket had some reflective strips on it, I made sure not to wear my reflective vest I usually wear because I wanted to see how much the Knuckle Lights illuminate me, as well as the road around me. As you can see, I'm not hard to miss :)
I highly recommend picking up a pair of Knuckle Lights for you or the runner on your holiday gift list. They will appreciate how much you care about them! To help you out, here's a code to receive 10% off your order: YKAF5599. Stay safe out there with the easy-to-use and comfortable Knuckle Lights!
I'm linking up with the ALL-NEW Friday Five 2.0 link up, hosted by Rachel at Running on Happy and Lacey and Meranda from Fairytales and Fitness. When you're done here, be sure to check these ladies out!
*The Knuckle Lights were provided for me to try but all opinions, photos and experiences are my own.