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PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
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Jan 19, 2012 4:12 PM

Head lamp, waist light, or knuckle lights???

What do you find the best way to light the way on those dark runs?  Recommendations are appreciated!

Marie from Tennessee

Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!

61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!

Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59

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  • dwm082 Community Moderator 1,063 posts since
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    1. Jan 20, 2012 6:08 AM (in response to PaintingLady)
    Head lamp, waist light, or knuckle lights???

    I used to run carrying a very small hand-held flashlight, which worked well, but these days I run with a headlamp (Black Diamond Sprinter). I love the convenience, and it has a built-in rechargable battery (a feature I like). That particular model costs about $60-80. I got mine on sale with an additional discount coupon, so it was a great deal for me. Others have had good experiences with the Petzl Tikka line (e.g., Tikka 2, Tikka XP), which are more in the $30 range.


    I've never tried a waist light or knuckle lights. I should also mention that I typically also wear additional flashers (e.g., RoadID Firefly SuperNova) -- it's hard to be too visible if you're running on the road.



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  • Lochbain Amateur 36 posts since
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    3. Jan 21, 2012 8:36 AM (in response to PaintingLady)
    Head lamp, waist light, or knuckle lights???

    I've always used the Colman trailfinders from Walmart. They are a compact headlamp that are lightweight and have an adjustable beam. I do agree with Don about the additional flashers. I have one in front and one in back plus a reflective vest. No one is left with the excuse that they didn't see me.

  • FLkayakgrl Pro 60 posts since
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    4. Jan 21, 2012 9:28 AM (in response to PaintingLady)
    Head lamp, waist light, or knuckle lights???

    At dusk and later I use a clip on bike type flasher attached to one of my shoe laces.  They see the motion and can be seen from both front and back as I run.  If it is later and I am away from street lamps, I also carry a very small heavy duty flashlight.  All the dog walkers in the area that I pass remark that they need to get one of the bike flashers too! 

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  • ChipperT Pro 101 posts since
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    5. Jan 21, 2012 9:51 AM (in response to PaintingLady)
    Head lamp, waist light, or knuckle lights???

    I use two Energizer 3-led headlamps.   It is extremely bright and the head tilts downward so you can focus the beam where you want it.  One goes on my forehead and the other I have attached to a running belt (the kind you use to attach your race number to).  That way I have a good deal of light focused exactly where I need it.  Of course, flashers are a must as well.

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  • JohnL79 Rookie 2 posts since
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    6. Jan 23, 2012 2:34 PM (in response to PaintingLady)
    Head lamp, waist light, or knuckle lights???

    I always wear a hat or visor so I use either the headlamps that clip on a visor or knuckle lights.  The knuckle lights actually work very well.  They produce a fair amount of light, have a diffused beam ( so they light up the area in front very well without having a "bouncing" effect) and strap on your hands so you still have your hands free if you need to use them.   The visor light, which is the equivalent of a head lamp, also works pretty well but most of them don't produce quite as many lumens as the knuckle lights so they aren't quite as bright.  Both have their pros and cons.  Try them both and see which one seems to feel more comfortable but either should help you see where your stepping in the dark and be seen by oncoming traffic.  I agree with other posters that a red flashing clip light for the back is also an excellent idea to be more visible to traffic coming up from behind.

  • PuppyRunner Amateur 20 posts since
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    8. Jan 23, 2012 7:10 PM (in response to PaintingLady)
    Head lamp, waist light, or knuckle lights???

    I have the knuckle lights and I really like them since I mostly run at night. Sometimes I'll add a small red flashing light on my back, but I'd say the knuckle lights can be seen either way. I've never tried a head lamp but I just didn't think it would be comfortable for me - I live in a warm humid climate and putting extra weight on my head is something I'll avoid

  • gpb11 Amateur 156 posts since
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    9. Jan 26, 2012 11:03 AM (in response to PaintingLady)
    Head lamp, waist light, or knuckle lights???

    I've not tried the knucklelights, they look pretty slick. 


    I currently use a backpacking headlamp, though I'll usually wrap the strap around one hand so it acts like a single knucklelight.  My problem with wearing it on my head is the tendency to get backscatter from the humid morning air, especially when cold out and my breath condenses.  Kinda defeats the purpose. 


    When looking at headlamps, some have just a spotlight type beam others are a multi-LED flood.  The spots tend to be pretty focused, if choosing a lamp with just one then go with a floodlight type.

  • ryanxcrunner Rookie 5 posts since
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    10. Feb 3, 2012 8:18 PM (in response to PaintingLady)
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  • RL Loving Pro 138 posts since
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    11. Feb 27, 2012 2:29 PM (in response to PaintingLady)
    Head lamp, waist light, or knuckle lights???


    I run with the Knuckle Lights.


    I also use the Visto Shoe Safety Light for both running & riding.  Now it won't stay on the shoe, but I put it just above my ankle and it stays.  I don't feel it either.  People see the bright red motion from 800 meters.  Available on ebay or Target stores. 

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