I received these running lights, called RunLites, a couple of months ago and now that the days are getting short, I have finally been able to put them to the test a few times!
They're designed like a glove, but with a light inside that fits into a pouch, secured with Velcro. The lights are rechargeable (with one cord that splits into two chargers) and have two different settings, one for high and one for low. All you have to do to turn them on is firmly press a button on top of your hand.
I chose the fingerless version because it doesn't actually get very cold here most of the time, and I figure that these would also fit over another pair of gloves if it was really cold and I needed my fingers covered.
As you can see, part of the glove is soft terry cloth. There's also a faux suede along the finger part, and some reflective material on the front and the back of the gloves. The wrist closes with Velcro, which is comfortable and snug, but the Velcro loops seem to attract themselves to the terry cloth on the other glove, and have caused a few snags in the fabric. That's not a big deal to me, but somebody else might not like it.
In the front of each glove, there's a small pocket that also Velcros closed. This is just the right size for a key or a little bit of cash if you need some for an emergency.
My two favorite things about these gloves are that I can recharge them from a USB port, so I never have to buy batteries; and, the light seems to broadcast well and last a pretty long time (at least a couple of runs), before I need to recharge them.
Both gloves can be charged from the same cord. Very handy!
The light broadcasts just as well as any headlamp I've used. Sometimes when I'm running on the road at night, I can wave my hand toward a car to make it obvious that I'm human and catch the driver's attention.
Overall, I would say these are a pretty good investment for runners who get annoyed by wearing a headlamp. I hid them from my kids, and have my fingers crossed that I will not lose one of them!
Other colors and styles are available at gorunlites.com .
Have you tried any new gear recently? Do you think you'd like lighted gloves?
I was surprised I liked these better than my headlamp!