|I know you're admiring my socks right now!|
I am dedicating this post to Laura!
About a month ago (when the time changed) it became completely apparent that I needed to buy a running head lamp. So, like the "together" person I am, I waited until 30minutes before I had to be at my night run with the Black Mountain Running Co group to purchase the only thing that they had at my local Swannanoa ACE Hardware store! However, the universe totally loves me and I got a pretty kick-ass piece of equipment. Seriously. ACE Hardware is THE JAM and completely came through for me. Let's go over why, shall we?
If you are super accident prone like me, and afraid of getting hit by a negligent driver like me, but still insist on running when it's dark like me, there are a few variables you might want to take into account when it comes to shopping for a headlamp:
1. A BRIGHT light.
2. A back light on your headamp so that people know you're there no matter if they're coming at you from the front or the back
3. A lightweight light
4. Long battery life
5. Secure fit
6. Adjustable front light so you can hold your head where you want, then aim the light
At ACE, I picked up something called a "Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme 3W LED K2 Headlight" shown here:
The light fits all of the 6 criteria above, and I can't believe it was only $15! The thing didn't budge on my run (because of that handy third strap that goes over the top of your head) but I have to say I felt pretty dorky wearing it. Then again, when it's that dark, no one is going to see what you look like; they will only know that you're wearing a light! Another reason I love my headlamp is because the front light has three settings: bright, low, and blinking, and the rear red light also has an "on" and "blinking" setting. It's pretty nifty. But, just to be thorough, I did ask one of my fellow running mates (who also happens to be legally blind) what his take on headlamps is. You see, he has a sleek light that he wears around his waist that is made by "Gomotion." His light isn't as bright as mine, but the Gomotion website has a lot of options that just seem WAY more comfortable than a headlamp. So, check them out! And really, if you insist on running when it's dark (whether in the wee hours of the morning or late at night) use your noggin and practice safety first....buy a headlamp! What kinds of lights do the rest of you wear? I'm a complete newbie at this, and would love to know what the best options are on the market. Happy and safe running y'all!
|I'm the nearly invisible one behind the girl in the white (reflective) jacket!|