Sunday, January 22, 2017

illuminate your run: knuckle lights review

Disclaimer: I received Rechargeable Knuckle Lights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Let's face it, we can't always get our running in when the sun is out shining. Sometimes, we have to run before dawn or after sunset. In the winter, it can even be harder to run in daylight because those hours are so short. Running in the dark is hard – you can easily trip, fall, and injure yourself. Cars have a harder time seeing you. There's plenty of reasons to just skip.

Skip no more runs! Knuckle Lights are an awesome way to light your route so you can not only see where you are going, but so you can also BE SEEN by drivers. 

All charged up.

Knuckle Lights come with three different power settings: high, low, and blinking. I usually use high, because I like to see as much as I can ahead of me. Low is still pretty bright, and some people might prefer that. They are super lightweight (each piece is less than 3oz) and comfortable to position on your hands. You can adjust the size easily - so whether you want to wear gloves on your run or not, you can adjust the tightness on your hand without much hassle at all.

My favorite feature on these are that they are rechargeable! I had an original pair, and yes I loved them, but I got tired of having to buy batteries to replace the ones that died from use only a week after putting them in. They ate batteries more than I cared to buy batteries, so this feature to me is the big win. 

The Knuckle Lights have magnets in them so when not in use, you connect them so you don't lose one. Then you just toss them on their charging dock. You can either charge via the wall or a computer (they come with the charging dock, usb cable, and adapter). They are red when charging and green when complete. Mine actually came fully charged, which was nice. You'll get 4 hours of use on high, 8 on low, and 14 on blinking (when fully charged). That's pretty awesome. 

Here's a full out description of the product:
  • 2 LIGHTS PER SET: The 2 units are held comfortably on your hands with soft silicone straps. The straps are easily adjusted to fit any size hand and even over gloves. The units connect together magnetically so they can easily be stored when not in use. The units are super lightweight at less than 3 ounces each.
  • 280 TOTAL LUMENS: Each unit is 140 Lumens on high power, so you get a super bright 280 Lumens combined. The LED pattern is a WIDE FLOOD BEAM, so it puts out light in all directions, providing a steady, even light in front of you that does not bounce around, even with your arms moving.
  • 3 POWER SETTINGS: High, Low and Blinking.
  • USB RECHARGEABLE WITH CHARGING DOCK: Simply place the units on the charging dock after each use and they will always be fully charged and ready to go when you are.
  • BATTERY LIFE PER CHARGE: 4 Hours on High Power | 8 Hours on Low Power | 14 Hours on Blinking.
  • IPX-6 WATERPROOF: The units can be used in any type of weather and will not leak or fail.
  • 5 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY: Knuckle Lights are guaranteed for 5 years against defects in materials or manufacture

I even found them to be helpful to light up the basement to find a bottle of wine to open up when the light was out. They would have come in handy back in November when our electricity went out for a few hours in the evening. Oy.

I found them easy to run with and not cumbersome or annoying (and I'm the kind of runner that is easily annoyed - something scratching, chaffing, rocks in the shoes... you get the idea). I suppose the only issue some might have is if they hold their hands a bit different when running, in which case maybe the light might not shine in the right place? haha - but I figure that's a small percentage of people. 

So now there really are NO EXCUSES to get out there and do run your at any point in the day. Obviously most people prefer to run during the lunch hour, or at least when it's daylight outside, but we know that life can be in the way. Some might not have the time to get out during lunch. Plenty of runners have families and if they don't get out in the early morning hours, they don't have the time the rest of the day. Either way, running in the dark happens to us all. Make suer you are safe about it (by this I mean wear/use your Knuckle Lights, wear BRIGHT colors, reflective clothing, etc. I know a lot of running gear is black, but I beg of you not to only wear black... it's so hard to see you!).

Join the running community on Tuesday night (January 24) at 8pm CT for #BibChat sponsored by Knuckle Lights. I'm sure one person will be ending the chat as a winner of a free pair :) If not,you can get yourself a pair of Knuckle Lights with a 10% discount using code 'bibravepro'. 

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