I think I’m in love.
With Knuckle Lights.
I’m not just saying that for the purposes of this review, I swear. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that since the mornings are darker, it’s been hard for me to get out and run. I have to do my workouts in the morning or late at night since I am a working mom and it’s already dark by the time I leave the office. It seriously cuts down a working mom’s options if you can only do home video workouts or go to the gym at these times. You know me – I like to run outside!
Way back in October, Stacy suggested Knuckle Lights in the comments. Then there was another discussion of the lights in the comments of another post. So I decided to try them out and replace my current solution of running with a child’s flashlight in my hand. Those things don’t give off very much light, and it’s such a super cool fashion statement to have a Sleeping Beauty flashlight at a group run. And my hand cramped and got sweaty holding a flashlight and I lost my grip a couple of times as I adjusted positions.
I took the Knuckle Lights with me to work immediately after they came in the mail to show them to my runner coworker and we popped the batteries in.
But playing around with the lights in my office didn’t compare to running with them outside, so I picked a nice, chilly, dark evening and went for a run. I was also able to test drive my new Black Friday purchase – a long-sleeved running top. A two-fer!
The first thing I noticed is that they are really bright and provide a huge wash of light over the area in front of me. This was a total change from one flashlight in one hand, or running with my phone’s flashlight app (which was also a disaster-to-my-phone waiting to happen).
The next thing I noticed is that I may not have adjusted them correctly. I played around with how tight felt best, and this is my only complaint – I felt as though one of them didn’t adjust perfectly. I’ll have to work on it a little more when I have more time – I was anxious to get the run done.
The straps are easy enough to adjust – here’s an up close view. You just flip the flap and pull the rubber strap. (You didn’t know we do poetry here?)
On the top of the Knuckle Lights is a button.
This adjusts the light setting from high to low, or to a flashing light. I didn’t use the flashing light on my run because I wanted to test out the view of the sidewalk with the highest light setting on, but it seemed like a good option for times when you don’t need the full wash of light but want the visibility for safety reasons. I was wearing something somewhat reflective, and had a flashing red bike light on me, so I felt okay using the lights as intended.
The button was very easy to push while running.
The feel of the lights on my hands was very comfortable – the design is great. I don’t have a problem with running while holding something in general, though – I run with the Runningluv in hot weather, and run holding a BOB stroller handle regularly. But I hate not having the option to adjust what is in my hand, so having these things pre-strapped to my hand let my hand be more relaxed and not cramp up like they used to when holding a water bottle or a cell phone.
It was easy to angle it in any direction, and one light was actually sufficient for seeing the sidewalk in front of me. It helped that they were so bright because I realized I bounce my arms back and forth a bit and having two lights covered the area well.
I made sure to run down the really bumpy sidewalk about a half mile away – this is one that has tripped me many times since the tree roots are pulling up the path pretty badly. That went great, and then on my way back home a deer crossed a little way in front of me. It kind of freaked me out, but I paused a few minutes to get over being startled, and then ran home.
I ran into the house gushing about them, and my husband did.not.care. But I knew you all would care – so hopefully my review was helpful!
So – want to try a pair of Knuckle Lights to help your before sunrise or after sunset running?
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The-I-Have-To-Say-It-Business: I received the Knuckle Lights free of charge, but the opinions are my own. I really do love them and nobody paid me to say it!