Knuckle Lights Review

The fine folks over at Knuckle Lights have been kind enough to send me a pair of their…knuckle lights…to review for you all, and I have to say I’m quite happy they did! 

As we are squarely in the dead of winter at the moment, it’s safe to say that any run past 6:00 p.m. is going to be in the dark and, if you’re running on the path along the Charles River in Boston, it’s going to be very dark, at that.  While there are some lights on the path, there are certainly a number of stretches where it can be very difficult to see, leaving one susceptible to ice, branches, sudden bumps, and any other number of insidious traps, not to mention oncoming bikers who may or may not be able to see you.  I’ve tried headlamps in the past, but while they do a good job of illuminating what is at your eye line, they don’t necessarily do a great job on terrain at your feet, especially if you’re wearing a brimmed hat as I like to do, unless you’re looking directly down at the ground, which doesn’t result in great form.  So, in an effort to prevent a disaster on the path, I turned to a product I’d heard great things about, Knuckle Lights.  It’s a testament to both their popularity and the integrity of the company that they were completely out of stock when we first made contact, but stuck by their promise to send me a pair when they had new inventory, even months later.

So, all that leads me to my test run with them tonight at the Marathon Sports Boston Group Run.  Knuckle Lights come in a set of 2 in a variety of colors.  I have the blue ones, pictured below.

As you might have guessed already, the lights are designed to be worn on the knuckles.  Essentially this creates a bright swath of light where your hands are pointed.  I believe the lights have a downward angle, making it easier to light the ground in front of you without having to alter your hand position or arm swing. The lights have a stretchy rubber band with a push down clasp to stay on your hands.

On a night where there were a lot of obstacles to be aware of the Knuckle Lights really shone (sorry, I can’t help myself sometimes).  I saw black ice patches before I was on them and was able to avoid branches overhanging into the path that I absolutely would have run into otherwise.  One unexpected benefit was that I could easily point out these hazards to the other runners in my group, basically just by pointing my hand at them without having to turn my head awkwardly like I would have to with a head lamp.  The lights have two settings, a steady beam and a slow flashing light. 

Given the temperature and the wind tonight, I was wearing gloves with the Knuckle Lights.  Even still, the fit was comfortable and I never felt like I was carrying something heavier than I would on a light-less run.  I do wish that I had taken some more time to get the fit right as they felt a little tight on my hand, but I’m certain that would be alleviated by taking a minute to just adjust the strap properly.  If I had a niggling complaint, it’s that the tail of the strap is loose, I would have preferred a little clip to be able to secure it. 

Not only did I think the Knuckle Lights were pretty cool, the other runners in my group did as well.  I won’t lie, I think I inspired a little knuckle envy.  The Knuckle Lights  actually made my run easier and allowed me to focus on the actual run and not on obstacles conspiring to trip me up.  If you’re someone who finds yourself running in the dark, or you need lights for an overnight relay, I absolutely recommend you check out Knuckle Lights for yourself. 

Disclaimer: Knuckle Lights sent me a set of Knuckle Lights for review, free of charge.


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