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I admit it; I am not a fan of running in the dark. But there are often times in the summer & winter here in AZ when that’s your only option. I was thrilled at the chance to try Knuckle Lights.
Normally if I am doing a run in the dark for any prolonged period of time, I wear a headlamp. I don’t love it, though. It slips a bit, especially once it gets sweaty, and sometimes the bouncing light bothers me. Knuckle Lights offer a convenient handheld option that are just as bright, if not more so, than some headlamps.
I was immediately struck at how bright they were. In fact, I just about blinded myself when I first turned them on. (warning: don’t be looking directly at them when you turn them on!!!). I couldn’t wait to try these out. These arrived just before Christmas, so it was time to head out for a “Christmas light run”, one of my favorite things to do this time of year. Obviously, it wasn’t pitch black out, but I certainly appreciated the extra light these provided, as well as an opportunity to make sure I am seen more easily to others!
The lights come with a charger, it didn’t take very long for them to be up to full power. They are designed to last 4 hours on high beams, and 8 hours on low. I am most excited about using these during Ragnar. I have 2 Ragnar Relays coming up in March. During my last Ragnar, I was on a deserted stretch of road virtually by myself late at night. Pitch dark. My headlamp could only do so much. If it wasn’t for the occasional passing van with headlights I think I would have gone crazy. These would have come in SO handy!
Another cool feature is that when you are storing them not in use, they have magnetized sides so that you can store them together as a pair and don’t have to worry about losing them.
I was also impressed with the width of area that it illuminates. It really light up a large section. The LED pattern is a “WIDE FLOOD BEAM”, so it puts out light in all directions, providing a steady, even light in front of you that does not bounce around, even with your arms moving Each unit is 140 Lumens on high power, so you get a super bright 280 Lumens combined, vs my headlamp that only puts out 160 lumens. I did struggle a bit with the adjustable strap that fits around your hand. I made them a little smaller, and the placeholder kept slipping out of its belt loop and coming open.
Rechargeable Knuckle Lights retail for $59.99. But you can save 10% on your order with code “bibravepro”! I think these are well worth the money if you do a lot of running in the dark. I know I feel safer with them.
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!