Sunday, April 21, 2013

Knuckle Lights Review and Giveaway

When we lived on our sailboat, we often would go for evening runs and walks in the small town where our marina is located.  About one third of the people that live there are over the age of  65 and the traffic is slow and there is never a worry about getting hit by a car… a bicyle, or a scooter?  Well, maybe.

When we moved off the boat and into the city last Spring, that certainly changed. There is hardly a week goes by when we don’t hear about a pedestrian getting hit by a car or a truck or a bus.  It is so common and sadly we hear reports a few times a month about these senseless fatalities.

We live across a busy street from a very large park that is popular with runners and walkers.  And there is a lot of foot traffic in front of our building.  It starts in the early morning hours with people walking downtown to go to work.  Then then the runners come out, and all day long there are people walking to and fro, and many people run past on their lunch hours.  Then the workers return home, and after dinner, the runners take over again.   There are a couple of running shoe stores here who sponsor weeknight runs and there are often many groups running past our window in the early evening hours after dinner.

For the past several months I have been so intrigued  by their lighted and reflective gear… headlamps, arm bands, shoe blinkers and especially the lights on their hands….. these runners are normally in groups of 2 or 3 and are so much more visible because of the red or white lights they wear. 

Later in the evening still, when it is even darker come the solo runners and walkers, often with dogs… and sometimes the dogs have lights on their collars or leashes, too.

I have been so tentative about going out in the dark, alone or with The Captain… even after I was given the opportunity to try out these Knuckle Lights.


Apr 18 Knuckle Lights 001

Now I had seen these lights reviewed on other blogs.  And one of the women that I work with every week is a long distance runner and she wears them faithfully when running after dinner… even just at dusk, for visibility sake.

I had to try them.

So I have been wearing my Knuckle Lights quite faithfully when outdoors at night… and I have to say that I do feel quite a bit safer when I have them on.

They fit right on my hands so easily… and are not at all uncomfortable or cumbersome as I was afraid they would be.    They fit me very well right out of the package but the strap across the inside is easily adjusted.

Apr 20 Knuckle Lights 001
For wear in cooler temperatures they will they will easily slide over a thin glove too.  And  if I felt the need for a warmer glove, I could just loosen the strap a bit.

Apr 20 Knuckle Lights 002

The best part about them is that you can shine the light wherever you want so that you can light your path as you go, or shine the light in any direction to get a better look at something in the dark.  By wearing Knuckle Lights you are not only more visible to others but you can use the light to help guide your way when there is limited visibility from darkness…. such a great idea.

There is a button on the top of each light  that is easily accessible by your thumb that allows you to turn the light on and off.  With a simple click you can also cycle through 3 different power options, too .  There is High Power for bright light,  Low Power for a dimmer light, and Blinking Mode which gives you a flashing light.


Apr 20 Knuckle Lights 004

Each Knuckle Light requires 2 AAA batteries, which are included in the package so you can use them right away.  And there is a note that suggests that if the lights get wet, you open them up and remove the batteries till all the pieces are thoroughly dry again.

Would you like to have a pair of Knuckle Lights of your own?  

The folks at Knuckle Lights have generously offered to give one pair to one of my readers.    They will ship directly to you, so to enter this giveaway you must have a mailing address in Canada or the U.S.A.

Please use the Rafflecopter form to enter.

There is one mandatory entry:

Leave a comment telling me how you keep safe when running or walking in the dark.


There are additional entries for:

Liking Knuckle Lights on Facebook
Liking eat run sail on Facebook
Following Knuckle Lights on Twitter
Following eatrunsail on Twitter
Tweeting

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will be open till 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday, April 28th, 2013 and I will attempt to contact the winner by email an/or by Twitter, and also post the name on the Rafflecopter form on this post.  If the winner does not contact me by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, I will select a new winner.

I am happy to report that Stacey and I finally connected and her Knuckle Lights will soon be on the way to her... Hurray!



For more information about the product and other interesting company information, please visit Knuckle Lights at their web site or their Facebook page.

I was given this set of Knuckle Lights at no cost to me but the opinions expressed are my own. 

26 comments:

  1. Great giveaway! I love anything that helps me stay safe! I have invested in neon clothing and a safety vest for dark running (which usually happens for me in the morning!).

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  2. I have some reflective armbands that have blinking lights, and I have a light stick with a built in whistle that I take with me when I go hiking. I like the idea of having something like a flashlight in a portable form.

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  3. these are SUCH a great idea---and Ive never seen them before.
    Id love love love for nighttime walking.

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  4. I have a set of knuckle lamps but mine are the older version and haven't stayed on me well. Maybe they are updated and better? I did like them when they worked well!

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  5. I don't run in the dark often, but I use blinkers and a vest when I do. Love these lights!

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  6. I almost always have to run in the dark. I use a headlamp and reflective arm bands with LED lights. I put lights on my dog's collar as well!

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  7. What a great idea! I live in the woods so am worried about animals and have had deer run out in front of me so Knuckle lights would be a great idea.

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  8. I tweeted but I am not one to go out in the dark so not entering & leaving for those that do! :)

    Pretty cool though!

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  9. What a great idea! I don't run in the dark but I always take my phone and try to run in visible areas. My husband would probably use these though!

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  10. Sometimes I run early in the morning when it'd dark, and it'd be nice to have light that I don't have to wear on my head!

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  11. I stay safe running by using a head light, reflective vest, keep my music down and run against traffic

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  12. I use a reflective vest at night and only run "into" oncoming traffic. I also try to stay on streets with street lights.

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  13. Huh, I've never seen these before! It'd be a huge plus to have when running in the dark. I don't run often in the dark, because I worry about my safety, but I'd currently use a PT belt (which is just a reflective belt that soldiers use during their PT time). I also, regardless of darkness, will run without my earphones in both ears. I like to hear my surroundings.

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  14. I try to run before dark, but when that's not possible, I at least try to wear shoes and clothing that have reflective strips on them.

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  15. I try to not run when it's dark, but when that's not possible, I try to at least run with shoes and/or clothing that has reflective strips.

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  16. I've seen these around... seems like a great product!! :) Safety first! Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

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  17. I wear light clothing and stick to well-lit routes, but these look great.

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  18. I wear light clothing and stick to well-lit routes, but these look great.

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  19. Theres a man who runs past my house every evening with a pair of these. Great giveaway!!
    I wear bright or neon colors!

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  20. Elle, when I run at night I usually have a jacket (in cooler months) that has reflective strips on it or in the summer time I actually slap on these random reflectors around my ankles and arms. I sometimes take a flashlight with me which isn't always easy.
    These look pretty cool!

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  21. OMFG those are AMAZING! Screw wearing them when I run in the dark - I am totally wearing those when I go out to the bar or clubbing!!!!! I might get hired to be the DISCO BALL!!

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  22. When running after dusk, or early in the morning I always ensure that my clothing has relective piping/stripes on it. My jacket has large stripes down the front and back. My shoes have relective strips at the back, sides and top.
    I am careful to selct shorts/capris with the relective stripe as well.
    I also use a head lamp, which lights up the path and keeps me out of pot holes (most of the time).
    I had never heard of these knuckle lamps before and am quite intrigued by them.

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  23. I run early in the morning (with a running partner) and try to wear light and reflective clothing to stay visible before the sun comes up.

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  24. bright clothing and things with reflectors on them so when the light hits them we stand out.
    amy williams
    sethandtjay@yahoo.com

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  25. I try to wear as much reflective clothing as possible!

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