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I do not like running in the dark. Ever since I fell at Ragnar Trail AZ a few years back and subsequently fractured my fibula, I am extremely paranoid about where I’m stepping and making sure I’m on even ground. I need to be able to see clearly.
I have a headlamp for running Ragnars, but I don’t like the fit of it, or how it bounces when I run. Then I saw the SPIBeams LED hat and thought that could really be a better option!
It was a bit tricky to initially turn this on for the first time (or maybe I hadn’t had enough coffee yet!), but once I did, it was smooth sailing. I was initially impressed with how bright it was, and it even has a red blinky light in the back, perfect for Ragnar!
I took it out for a spin and the hat felt good, but most importantly the light was steady and not bobbing around. I have trouble with my headlamp slipping once I get sweaty (unless I wear it over a cap). Either way, I find them rather uncomfortable. It light my path up just fine in the neighborhood.
Now for the real test – Ragnar! It was perfect timing that Ragnar Napa fell in my product testing timeframe. I always wear knuckle lights for Ragnar in addition to a headlamp. So this time I wore the SPIBeams hat and knuckle lights. As I was running through the neighborhood, It was more than enough light. However, part of my run was on a pitch black trail. I removed the knuckle lights just to see what I could see with just the hat. It honestly was not quite enough for that setting on it’s own.
It sells for $29.99 and also has a visor option if you prefer that instead of a hat.
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Final thoughts – I will happily use this product in place of a headlamp when I’m doing any night running. It solved all the issues I had with headlamps. It’s perfect for running in more populated areas. If you are running in a more remote or trail setting, I would add something handheld as well.
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!