I promised you all a review of my new running safety gear! And here it is.
Iâ€™ve been doing loads of nighttime running lately and have become very aware at howâ€¦wellâ€¦ how I donâ€™t naturally glow in the dark. Hah! Iâ€™ll creep up on dog walkers, scare drivers parked at stop signs. I try to wear light-colored clothing, but the fact of the matter is that runners blend into the night. And that can be mighty dangerous for many reasons.
First things firstâ€¦ It is 1:48 PM and I have not changed out of my pajamas.
Secondly, Iâ€™m LOVING my new reflective vest from Nathan. Itâ€™s very lightweight and breathable, and the shape means that your arms donâ€™t rub up against it as you run. Itâ€™s also very easy to slip on â€“ it attaches in the front with two Velcro closures. Thereâ€™s also a hidden key pocket.
According to the Nathan website, when youâ€™re wearing the vest, cars can see you from up to 1,200 feet away. I felt like it was SO BRIGHT when I ran in it at night. There is no way a driver wonâ€™t spot you in this vest.
My only complaint is that I wish the small was more snug.
My other new piece of safety gear is the New Balance Tri-Viz LED Cap. Itâ€™s a hat that literally has lights built into the brim. There are three settings; the third is when both of the lights are on.
The area I run in has streetlamps but some portions of the sidewalk are pretty dark. Using this hat made it easier to see where I was running, but this hat does NOT replace a traditional head light. The lights simply arenâ€™t powerful enough. The illumination extends about 6 â€“ 8 feet in front of you and is equal to a crappy handheld flashlight. But for urban running, I think it does the trick. Not only was it easier to see the sidewalk, but I also think it made me more visible to cars.
I must admit â€“ I think this hat will come in handy the most around my house during power outages. Or when I want to read in bed in the dark.
I am very glad I bought the vest â€“ and to a lesser degree, the hat â€“ and now I feel much more confident running at night. Safety first!