Running safety should be a priority for every runner. You should protect yourself from vehicles, predators, and animals. One way to do that is to make sure that you are visible and that you can see what’s in front of you.
The proper way to run on a road is against traffic. I run in marked bike lanes and I make sure I am aware of the cars as they approach me. With more distracted drivers than ever, it is great to see products that can not only help you see obstacles, but also alert drivers that you are running on the shoulder. I have tried headlamps, which are great, but are usually uncomfortable. I have tried flashing LED lights and light vests, which are great, but they don’t light your path.
I reviewed the Night Runner 270 a while back (click here for the review). The Night Runner 270is a set of lightweight LED light that slides onto your shoe laces (one per shoe). There are forward facing LED lights that produce 150 Lumens of light. That equates to about 30 feet of visibility with 270 degrees of lighting. There is a rear facing red light that will let people of vehicles behind you know that you are there. You get a pair of the lights and a charging cable in a well-designed box.
The Night Runner 270’s have Li-ion rechargeable batteries that are easy to charge through a micro USB charging port. You get 4 hours of use out of each charge, which will meet almost any runner’s needs. Another great feature of the Night Runner 270 is that they are water resistant and have a high-impact casing that will ensure that the lights will last for quite a while. The Night Runner 270 was featured on The Shark Tank, has been endorsed by over 80 national media outlets, and was selected as one of the top 8 Mother’s Day gifts for 2016 for busy moms by Fox News.
Night Runner is coming out with another version of the product, the Night Runner Pro. It is still rechargeable, but now has 300 lumen LED lights (twice the strength of the Night Runner 270). It still has the bi-lateral winged design to over 270 degrees of visibility and two rear-facing red tail lights. The removable Lithium-Ion rechargeable batteries provide up to 10 hours on a single charge. Another cool feature is that the Night Runner Pro will be the first lights in the industry to provide a visual performance feedback through flash alerts on your Bluetooth/smartphone. Check out this video of the all new Night Runner Pro.
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The Night Runner 270 is a great product that can help keep you safe while running in low-light situations. The Night Runner Pro seems like it is taking one of my favorite low-light running tools and taking it to the next level. It is currently at 53.4% of its $25,000 goal on Kickstarter. You can get a Night Runner Pro (to be delivered in December 2017) for $55, which is $34.99 off the MSRP. You can also choose to pay $85 and you will get a pair of the Night Runner 270 now and the Night Runner Pro in December. That is a $146.98 value. Not too shabby. Give it a try and see what you have been missing.
Note: I received this product in exchange for a review. The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it. I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.