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Would you see me running in this high-visibility vest?
It’s a trick question. One I’ve had too much time to think about while logging the miles.
The answer is no.
Not if you were looking at your phone as you rolled through both the crosswalk and the stop sign.
The funny/not funny part of this is it happens to me most often crossing roads that go by our schools. My easy run with #stuntpuppy is a 5k loop that passes 3 schools, and already since election day, I’ve twice watched people roll on by without seeing me. (Both times, in the school zone.)
I use election day as a reference because one of the schools doubles as a voting place, and someone in a hurry to get home from the polls never saw me. It’s one of those moments you remember with too much clarity. It’s the first time I had an urge to chase a car—and I did make an effort—but the driver was speeding away before my chasing and waving to “wake up” and watch for fellow human beings could register.
Soon after that day, I bought a florescent vest, hoping to improve my odds.
Nope. Didn’t work.
It’s amazing what you don’t see when you think you have a moment to check your phone while rolling to a stop.
I couldn’t be more grateful to @BibRave and @KnuckleLights for showing up at just the right time with an opportunity to test some BRIGHT handheld lights. We’ll see if they prove to be more of an attention-getter than high-visibility gear alone—so far, so good! I believe these lights in particular serve to tip the scales in favor of the runner because they tick all the boxes:
The only other light I’ve run with to compare this to one came out of my backpacking gear—an ultralight, retractable Petzl headlamp. As the days got shorter and dusk kept sneaking up on me while I was still running, I tried the Petzl to improve my visibility (more so than lighting the way). It worked “ok” as a run light, though if had I not been wearing a winter hat, I don’t think it would have been super comfortable for running. Headlamps also create a “bobbing” light vs. a continuous beam like the Knuckle Lights—making the Knuckle Lights a clear choice for running in the dark or on a trail where you need a clear view to avoid obstructions, etc.
I’m excited to continue testing these lights and trying them out on other adventures. When Ironman finally rolls around, I could see using these on the run course, as lights are required after dark and I’m expecting to be rolling in during that timeframe. I wish there was a bike version—these are so much easier to charge than the current set of USB bike lights I’ve got! I'm also thinking these lights will give me another reason to be more confident to try more trail running as they seem really well suited for trails.
Where I really expect Knuckle Lights to “shine” most is on my typical gray-day winter run. I feel like the lights make me more visible, and give me a shot at getting a drivers attention if need be. (They certainly work to get the attention of kiddos in the house. 😉 )
A quick tip before I go—if the price seems high, consider getting a less fancy pair of running/winter gloves and invest more in lights instead. I've started using a cheap pair of knit gloves that come with screen-friendly fingers—and somehow the cheesy knit gloves seem to keep my always-freezing-cold hands warm (and work better with my Apple Watch) than other, fancier options. When it’s bitterly cold running weather (teens & below), I turn to my Turtle Gloves with heat packs tucked in the fold. Although that's a post for another day...
One more tip to help with the cost: Get a pair of Knuckle Lights now and save 10% with code "bibravepro"! Enjoy!
And be safe out there.