I am always interested in new technology and as an ultrarunner, I am looking for new ways to brighten the trail while running at night. RunLites is a new company I recently found. They make an assortment of gloves with a built in LED light. I will be reviewing the RunLites Sling II model over the next several months.
RunLites seems to be relatively new company and based on my review of their website appear to be based out of Pennsylvania in the US, but didn’t really find much else on the company’s website. They do make an amazing array of various types of gloves. They have winter gloves and mitts, half-length gloves for biking, hunting gloves, work gloves, and the Sling system that is basically a holder for the LED light and not much else. Their website provides good information on each of the various types of products and is easy to navigate.
The Sling II is the model I am reviewing. The Sling II consists of two finger bands, a wrist band, and a pocket to hold the LED light that is sold separately. The fabric of the Sling II is polyester and has a stretch feel to it. It is very comfortable to wear. The finger bands have elastic to stretch to fit most fingers and the wrist band is a standard hook and loop fastener. The edges of the light pocket and the wrist band have reflective material and the rest of the Sling II is black. The Sling II retails for $15.95.
The RunLites LED units come in a set of 2 and will fit in any of their gloves or sling systems. The lights come with a dual USB cable so they can both be charged at the same time. I received the version 2 lights. They have two settings – 40 lumens and 80 lumens and are supposed to provide a 135 degree arc and light up to 30 feet. They are operated by a single button on the top of the unit, and the user clicks through the cycles low, high, off. The lights fit into the pocket on the Sling II and are held in place by hook and loop fasteners. The lights can easily be turned on while wearing the Sling II. The RunLites LED units retail for $11.97.
Overall, they seem fairly simple to use. Playing with them in the house and yard they are comfortable to wear and seem to provide a good amount of light. As I use them over the several weeks I will look for a couple of characteristics. Run time – how long do the lights last before I need to recharge them? I did not see any run times listed on the company’s website. Do they put out enough light to run to? I have the luxury of being able to run both roads and trails at night so I will evaluate how they work for both. I will also evaluate durability, comfort, resistance to humidity and anything else that might happen to come up while using the lights.
Thanks to 4alloutdoors.org and to RunLites for providing the product for this review.