With the shorter days and the longer nights, most of us have no choice but to run in the dark. Morning or evening, when the skies are dark and you’re digging for that last ounce of motivation to swap your cosy slippers for your trainers, the last thing you need to be contemplating is whether you’re going to feel safe enough to be out running on the roads. Having the right kit to ensure you’re seen but can also see road traffic, puddles and pedestrians is essential to your safety. Here are our top five pieces of kit for keeping you safe and seen this winter.
Silva Ninox II Head Torch 140 Lumens Output
The beauty of a running head torch is they not only ensure you are seen by traffic but help you to see too! The Silva Ninox II Head Torch is a fantastic mid-priced option. Offering both a light output of 140 lumens on its highest setting with a range of 50 metres and a close range floor light, this touch will keep you well lit on busy roads, whilst helping you to spot unlit pedestrians, uneven road surfaces and icy puddles. A compact and lightweight torch, complete with adjustable straps it offers a snug and comfortable fit – so comfortable in fact, you don’t know it’s there. What’s more, its highly waterproof, so you won’t get caught out in the rain. Price: £44.95. http://www.torchdirect.co.uk
Nathan’s nifty StrobeLights are a hot favourite at WR HQ this year. What we love about these little gadgets is you can clip them just about anywhere and you hardly know they’re there! With visibility blinking and steady light modes, these lights are super bright and will keep you seen from a safe distance. Plus, with 100+ hours of illumination, they’re highly long-lasting, saving the hassle of replacing batteries ever five minutes! Price: £8.02 www.2pure.co.uk
Ronhill VIZION Photon Jacket
Ronhill’s VIZION Photon Jacket is every night runner’s best friend. Its highly reflective finish and reflective tape (providing 360° reflectivity) is coupled with an integrated L.E.D light system, offering unrivalled visibility. A great feature of this jacket is that it is lightweight and breathable, whilst also offering fantastic wind and water resistance – leaving you fully prepared for everything the harsh winter season has to throw at you! Price: £90.00 http://www.ronhill.com/
Nathan Zephyr Fire 100 Hand Torch
Our favourite night running gadget this year is Nathan’s Fire 100 Hand Torch. Featuring an integrated 24-degree downward projection angle, the torch focuses light on the ground ahead whilst running, giving you great visibility along unlit paths, without even having to turn your wrist! The rear-facing red LED also gives you excellent visibility from the rear – perfect for running on the roads. Runners often neglect hand torches due to the nuisance of carrying them, which can often feel quite restrictive to your stride. However, the beauty of this touch is it offers an adjustable hand-strap to allow grip-free usage. Chargeable via a USB power source, it is ideal for those who run to work as it can be topped up at your desk. Price: £44.99 www.2pure.co.uk
Proviz High Visibility LED Arm Band
High-vis running bands are a highly eye-catching yet lightweight accessory, perfect for topping up the visibility of your running kit! Due to the regular movement of the arm whilst running, this motion helps to attract a driver’s eye. What sets these armbands apart from your regular armbands is they are combined with LED lights for double the brightness! Price: £7.99 http://www.provizsports.com
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