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Essential gear for running in the dark

Sometimes you just can't avoid running in the dark or in low visibility conditions. To stay safe on your session, take a look at this essential gear for running in the dark

Essential gear for running in the dark

Night running can be a dangerous activity, especially in cities or along trails with hazardous roots and obstacles. Running at night is, however, a necessity for people that work shifts or unsociable hours.

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Not everyone has or wants to use a treadmill, and that’s where safety gear for running plays an important role. Ensuring you’re prepared for any eventuality when out on a run is a smart move. To help you get prepared, we’ve rounded up our top five pieces of kit that we recommend you invest in to stay safe during your training.

Ledlenser H5R CORE LED

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  • £79.95

A powerful headtorch is key for remaining visible and being able to see the path as you run. The Ledlenser H5R Core has a claimed 50hrs of battery life and a mighty 500 lumens . The torch is adjustable, so you can point it downwards when passing someone on bike paths or forest trails to avoiding blinding them with the strong 500 lumen beam, which Ledlenser says can reach up to 200m.

The headset is also waterproof and durable, with the adjustable headband allowing a secure fit to the head, so it doesn’t bounce about when in motion. 

It’s extremely simple and easy to charge the H5R Core too, with a magnetic-fit USB charger swiftly recharging the device. It’s worth noting that the battery pack sits at the back of the headset (or the side if you have adjusted the band for a smaller head size), which can feel a little odd at first, but we quickly got used to this after a few runs. 

Gato Adjustable Chest Light

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  • £40

If you don’t like wearing lights on your head, this comfy and adjustable Gato chest strap is ideal for hands-free movement. At 250 lumens, it’s not as powerful as the Ledlenser and you can definitely notice this when on the trails. Yet, if you don’t like a sweaty band on your head, grabbing a chest strap could be the way to go for you.

Just be aware that a chest light will move about more than a head light due to the extra movement that your torso experiences compared to your head.

That being said, we liked the reflective strips and dual front and back lights on the Gato, which were particularly useful in altering cars behind us to our presence. Gato claims the battery duration lasts 5hrs on this torch, though we found we had to re-charge after each run to get the best use out of it. Though the Gato has three light intensity modes, we stuck to the brightest beam it offered when on the go. 

Proviz Hi-Vis Jacket

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  • £84.99

Protect yourself from cold, wet and windy weather in a visible and durable run jacket. We loved the quality of this hi-vis jacket. The seamless design and waterproof fabric kept us dry even in torrential downpours. It’s not easy for a jacket to be waterproof and windproof, as well as breathable, but the Proviz takes the biscuit.

The jacket’s material is stretchy and draws in at the bottom to keep you snug in any weather. Available in a huge range of colours, each with the classic Proviz hi-vis detailing, we felt safe and protected when sporting this jacket out on the roads and trails. 

Ultimate Performance Airaforce 2

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  • £25.99

Carrying extra hydration and nutrition is essential for those long, hard runs. We liked the ease of Ultimate Performance’s nutrition belt, which allows you to just clip it on and stay fuelled during your long-distance workouts. The belt comes with two 300ml BPA-free bottles, as well as a small pocket with inner clip to secure your keys.

The soft belt lining helps to avoid any uncomfortable chafing and the adjustable straps fit a wide range of waist sizes. Our main gripe is that we’d like to see capacity to carry a phone and a couple gels for the ultimate storage solution when on the go. That said, this belt is a great budget option. 

Lifesystems Nano First Aid Kit

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  • £13.99

Be prepared with a compact first aid kit, such as the waterproof Lifesystems Nano, which is ideal for off-piste adventures. Though small, the kit should cover most minor first aid incidences.

The pack includes: guaze, sterile swaps, plasters of various sizes, zinc oxide tape, blister pads, and much more. The extremely lightweight outer bag has loops, where it can be attached to your bike or run belt/bag. A great little kit at a very reasonable price, we take this with us on all our multi-sport adventures. 

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