I was gifted a set of Knuckle Lights: Rechargeable for personal use and for the purpose of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I’m deviating from the official topics this week to talk a little about a new piece of gear I had the opportunity to try: Knuckle Lights: Rechargeable.
As you all know, I do a lot of my running in the dark. I am usually pretty comfortable with the pre-dawn hours, given street lights and moonlight and whatnot, but extra caution is never a bad idea.
I also know that going into Ragnar, and running on a trail in the middle of the night, I was going to be in need of some serious illumination. I had a headlamp, but I was happy to also have something extra.
Enter Knuckle Lights: Rechargeable.
Retailing for $59.99, the Rechargeables come as a pair with a charging dock, USB cord and wall adapter.
It was very easy to plug them in and let them power up (indicated by a red-to-green light on the base of each side of the charger.
Another neat feature is that the units magnetically attach to each other, which makes it a lot easier to keep track of them when not in the charging stand. It’s very convenient and a nice touch.
These particular Knuckle Lights units slip easily over the knuckles with an adjustable, soft rubber band.
They are easy to position anywhere on the fingers, depending on what feels most comfortable. I prefer mine right below the ridge of my knuckles, but I can slide them further down my fingers if I choose.
Once I close my fists to run, there hasn’t been any detectable movement or sliding. I can also adjust them to accommodate thicker gloves or long sleeves with thumbholes.
The Knuckle Lights offer three modes: high, low and blinking. Switching between modes requires a simple touch of the button located on the top of each unit. Combined, the Knuckle Lights provide 280 lumens of flooding light (140 lumens for each unit). They are bright and steady, and if you accidentally shine that beam into your (or a friend’s) eyes, you will be seeing stars for a few minutes. Not that I know from experience.
Pro Tip: do not shine directly in anyone’s eyes.
As far as actual illumination?
These are some strong lights!
I can clearly see the stop and street name sign on the corner a quarter mile from my house. They provide a really nice pool of light ahead of me – I can either direct the light to the road at my feet or shine it forward to check out anything that might be coming towards me in the dark.
They cut through the dark on the trails at Ragnar like nothing. And they are just as effective on my regular, pre-sunrise runs in my neighborhood.
Not only that, but I know that I am highly visible to the cars on the main roads and in my community.
The charge is supposed to last for four hours on high and eight hours on low. I charged them once before Ragnar, where they were used without weakening for about three hours worth of runnings (once I was done with my night leg, I was happy to share). I’ve just been dropping them in the charger when I am finished with them, and can’t report any diminishing of their power.
As a running light, the Knuckle Lights: Rechargeables get two thumbs up from me.
What do you look for in running lights?
Do you carry enough illumination when running in the dark?