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Disclaimer: I was sent a pair of RunLites light units and a glove option to hold the lights free to review. There are a couple of affiliate links in the post.
If you run in the dark (or walk/cycle in the dark) you should have some kind of light source with you. I guess if you run in a super-bright, illuminated area you may not need it. But in most areas, even my city neighborhood streets, it would be smart to have some kind of light with you. It can help you spot uneven spots in the sidewalk, cracks in the road, rocks, etc. It help drivers spot you more than reflective materials alone.
RunLites are rechargeable light units that glow very bright. They are to be placed in various RunLites glove products to make it so you don’t have to hold on to the light. There are two light units inside the package and a dual USB charging cable.
Once you charge the lights, you just slip them into the RunLites glove of your choosing. It’s important to note that these are separate purchases, you buy the lights and the gloves you want. The nice thing is you can buy different gloves and the lights are made to slip into any of them. Since it’s spring and temperatures are heating up in the desert, I elected to try the Sling II. It doesn’t cover the whole hand so it’s not serving the purpose of keeping your hand warm as well.
There is a line of velcro to hold the light unit into the glove. This way you don’t have to worry about the light flying out as you move your arms.
The Sling II option has a spot to slide your index finger in and your pinky finger, then a strap to wrap around your wrist. I found that it was a little bit for my smaller hands, but it fit my husband’s hands perfectly. The size isn’t necessarily a problem, it just doesn’t rest at the base of my pinky finger.
There are several versions of gloves available: half-length gloves available in lots of fun patterns, there are the sling options like I got, there are warm fleece gloves and mittens. There is even an option specifically for rowing and camo versions. The fleece gloves have touchscreen functionality. The gloves/half-gloves/mittens have a pocket on the palm that can hold some money or a key, as well as an elastic band strap on the palm that can help hold a pepper spray to your glove. I almost wish I’d picked the half gloves due to these options!
I found the light disbursement was really good and I have even been grabbing one of them to take with me in the early morning hours when I’m just going outside with my dog. It’s easy to turn the light on/off by just pushing the button that is on the side of the light, basically the back of your hand when wearing.
You can purchase them through Amazon, but the full product range isn’t available there. Every option is on the RunLites website. The set of lights will cost $19.95. The glove prices vary depending on what style you get. Slings are $15.95, half gloves are $24.95, and full mitten/gloves are $29.95.
They are versatile, as they can be used in any weather with all the different glove options available to hold the lights. They can be used for a bunch of activities as well: running, walking, cycling, walking the dog, taking out the trash, camping, etc.