Thursday, January 22, 2015

nite ize: visibility, safety, solutions

Disclaimer: I received a variety of Nite Ize products to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!


All of the awesome products Nite Ize sent.

If you guys know much about me, you know safety is a key concern when I'm out running. I've had to do a lot of night running (I prefer it over early mornings) post work, and I take every precaution I know of to keep me safe out there. I wear a light up vest, bright/reflective clothing, always wear my Road ID, tell people where I'm running and for how long, use Knuckle Lights, etc.

I was super stoked to hear I'd be able to try out some of the awesome products Nite Ize has! What was in the box? A SlapLit LED Slap Wrap, ShoeLit x2 (blue), LED Marker Band, Curvyman, Inova STS Headlamp, Gear Tie - Clippable Twist Tie 24", Gear Tie - Clippable Twist Tie 12", and Gear Tie 8 pack(2 x 3", 2x 6", 2 x 12", and 2x 18"). Lots of cool stuff! 

All it takes to turn on the SlapLit is a quick press of the button.

Let's start out with the SlapLit LED Slap Wrap:
Yes, it's incredibly similar to the slap bracelets of my youth that I was so fond of. How cool is that?! It's made of a durable nylon with a reflective spider web design and is very bright. You can put it on your wrist, ankle, or upper arm. You can use it in two different modes: one where the light stays on, or use it in flashing mode. It's your preference. It's great for any activity outdoors during the evening - cycling, running, walking, lawn games, etc. How did I like using the SlapLit? I LOVED IT. I'm a big fan of things that light up for my night runs, and it made me feel visible (because I was) and safe. It's really easy to use – just press the lightbulb graphic to turn it on, and slap it on your wrist. Press twice for the flashing mode, and another time to turn it off.



It retails for $11.99 and when the batteries get low, you can replace them with a 2032 3V Lithium Coin Cell (which can be bought on Nite Ize here, or found wherever batteries are sold). 

Some other notable details from the website:
• Bright red LED for Active Illumination - Glow or Flash Modes
• Passive High Visibility Reflective Pattern
• Easily replacable 1 x 2032 3V lithium battery included
• 100 hour battery life



LED Marker Band:
Another great product for safety during night runs is the LED Marker Band. It's lightweight, adjustable, flexible, long lasting, and makes you VISIBLE. This is key to night time running. I want to be sure that I am doing everything I can to make myself visible to drivers. While I also have to be diligent in checking for traffic myself, as I know drivers aren't always paying the best attention, I feel better with the fact that I'm at least very easily seen by them if they are paying attention. Not much more can be done on my part.


Front and back of the LED Marker Band

This guy is easy to put on. I tried it on my arm; all you need to do is slide your arm in, adjust the strap, and shut the clasp it in place when it's at the size you want. The retail price is $11.99 an can be found here.

Some other notable details from the website:
• Bright red LED for Active Illumination - Glow or Flash Modes
• Passive High Visibility Reflective Pattern
• Lightweight, Flexible Design
• Easily replacable 1 x 2032 3V lithium battery included
• Adjustable size elastic strap fits: 5.5" – 25.5"
• 100 hour battery life


ShoeLits on my Nike Lunarglide :)

ShoeLit:
I received two blue ShoeLit - somehow they knew me favorite color! ;) They also come in red, green, and pink. My shoes don't have a ton of reflective material on them, so I love having this extra light to make me visible. I feel a bit like a personal light up show, but if it's what might help prevent me from getting hit by a car, I just don't care what I look like.

They are water resistant... but I wonder how much water they can withstand? Would they have made it through the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, which, for me, was 3+ hours in the rain? I'll let you guys know if/when I find out it's water resistant level :)



These were easy to put on – just slide the clip underneath your shoe laces and then snap to the front portion (the light). These are made with a bright white LED in a water-resistant casing backed by a durable stainless steel locking gate. To turn on, just twist the light, and turn the other way to turn off. These retail at  $4.49 per light (they are not sold as a pair, but as individuals).

Some other notable details from the website:
• Features passively reflective pattern for safety when not illuminated
• Secure clip: easy to attache and remove
• Easily replaceable 1 x CR 927 3V lithium battery (included)
• Battery Run Time: 24 hours



This thing is amazing! So so bright. I honestly loved to use it when taking the  dogs out for their night time bathroom breaks - they go in a special run on the side of the house, which has very poor lighting, so this headlamp helped a LOT. I love that to turn it on, switch to the other settings, turn off, all you have to dis swipe. Again, they must know my favorite color as I received blue :)

BRIGHT!


It was really easy to adjust the strap so that it fit my head properly. Watch how it works/how to use the lamp here. It retails for a reasonable $34.99.



Some notable things about the headlamp from the website:
• Mult-mode, full LED color headlamp featuring a simple touch activated user interface - Swipe-to-Shine
• Lumens (White LED):High - 142 | Medium - 40 | Low - 3
• Run Time (White LED): High 4h 40m | Medium 26h 40m | low - 2h
• IPX-7 - Waterproof to 1 meter
• 1 white high power LED featuring 5 modes (high, variable dim, medium, strobe, and lockout)
• 2 red LEDs for preserving night vision that features 5 modes (high, variable dim, medium, strobe, and lockout)
• Fully programmed lock-out mode to prevent accidental activation when transporting or storing
• Battery Type: 3 x AAA alkaline replaceable batteries
• Available in 3 body and strap colors: Charcoal, Orange, and Blue
• Impact resistant polycarbonate body
• Adjustable Angles for precise illumination
• High quality, woven elastic strap

Honestly, I need a little more time with it to remember all of the ways to switch the modes (other than from high, medium, strobe - that's pretty much a no brainer haha), but so far, I am finding it easy and quite helpful to use. For running, it's a bit easier to have a headlamp than to have to carry my Knuckle Lights, plus, the batteries last WAY longer. Thank you, Nite Ize. I swear, I had to change the batteries after every Knuckle Lights use, which was really frustrating. If I didn't, I'd be out for a run and one would always die. Ugh.


Curvyman:
This cute little thing is great for keeping cords from getting tangled up in my purse. I try to always keep my Apple headphones on me at all times (never know when I need to listen to music!), so Curvyman was a great solution for me. No more tangles! Amazing. He also has some other great features: use it to shorten your cord, clip it on to your shirt when running. I'm sure there's a million ways you could use this product. This product costs just $3.39.


I clip him on the inside of my purse. Great way to find him.

Some other details of note:
• Available in black, white, pink, orange, and purple, plus two tactical colors: coyote brown and foliage green (both have S-Biner's with black non-reflective gates)
• Customization Availble - engrave your logo or company name
• Made of durable, lightweight plastic
• Comes with a size #0 plastic S-Biner attachment (clip on to your keys, backpack, purse, or zipper pull)


What an awesome use!

Finally, I received an assortment of Gear Ties

They're great at keeping larger cords from tangling - I found them useful when I traveled to Florida for keeping my GoPro Battery Charger and other cords - it kept them in a more organized manner. Definitely better than those paper/wire ones that come with most product packaging. Honestly, I haven't found a use for the Clippable Twist Ties, but they offer a variety of uses on the packaging itself – hang a smaller piece of luggage on your roller bag, Clip and hang larger cords in the garage (maybe that extra extension cord that's in tangles). I think if I gave them to my husband, he'd find a lot of things to use it for. I have a feeling they'd come in handy on a camping trip. Depending on what you got, they ranged from about $6–$25.

Some product details
• Available in the following colors: black, blue, lime green, red, bright orange, neon yellow, neon pink, desert tan, foliage green, coyote brown, and navy blue (some have assorted color packs)
• Use gear ties in the garage, on the boat, in the home, and in countless other places where things need to be secured and organized
• Waterproof and safe for use in fresh or salt water without damage
• UV resistant - will not be damaged or destroyed by extended sun exposure
• Tough rubber shell provides excellent grip
• Use indoors and outdoors in any weather
• Strong wire inside holds its shape
• Won't scratch or mark
• Twist it, tie it, reuse it



Some cords kept organized while traveling.

Thanks so much to BibRave and the people at Nite Ize for the wonderful opportunity to try all of these amazing products! Definitely check them out - especially if you are someone that spends time outdoors when it's dark out. Safety first!! They also have some pretty cool stuff for your cell phone.

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8 comments:

  1. The SlapLit is one of my favorite things from the box of goodies we got, and I love getting to channel my inner child as I slap it on :)

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  2. Wow. All of these products are great! My favorites are the shoe lights (it looks like your whole shoe glows) and Curvyman.

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    1. Yeah, it's really hard for me to pick a favorite! They're all pretty awesome.

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  3. what a great idea with the gear ties to use a phone stand

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    1. Right? I wonder if I could out how to do it haha.

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  4. I dont run in the dark but these are some great items. I definitely need that clip to keep my cords organized. -L

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    1. It's a great little thing to have, and at a very reasonable price.

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