With the sun setting around 4 pm most of my winter miles are done in the dark. Even in well-lit areas, the light can be low and I tend to be a little over-cautious. It’s important to stay safe and visible when running at night. Therefore, a running light is an essential piece of kit.
There are a few things to look for when buying a running light:
- Number of Lumens: The higher the lumens, the brighter the torch.
- Burn time: how long the torch will stay on without needing to be recharged.
- Approx distance: the distance ahead of you the torch will light up.
This can be variable on some torches depending on the settings.
I was kindly sent the new FlipBelt LED Running Light to try out. I’ve been putting it through its paces for the last few months. Here’s what I thought.
Out of the box
Unlike a traditional running torch which you would wear on your head the FlipBelt’s LED Running Light sits around your is a waist inside your FlipBelt.*
Producing 500 lumens on the brightest setting the FlipBelt running light is 2-3 times brighter than most lights the market. There are 4 light modes: high (500 lumens), medium (220 lumens), low (55 lumens), and strobe (500 lumens).
At 177 grams it feels heavier than a traditional head torch but as you wear it around your middle you don’t really notice. It casts light at a lower angle than a head torch so it allows you to see ground objects more easily.
It has a waterproof rating of IPX6, so you can wear it in the rain without worrying.
Simply unscrew the end of the light and you will see the micro USB charging port. It takes around 2 hours to charge (the light turns green when it’s ready). A full charge gives you an 8 – 12 hour burn time – which is enough to see me through a good few evenings of running. Once charged, simply pop it into one of the access points on your flip belt (you need to leave it on its rubbery casing) and press the green button to power on. That’s it, you’re good to go!
On the run
I gave this torch the ultimate test – on a 28-mile endurance run. I teamed it with my reflective Flipbelt and wore it throughout the race. It stayed secure the entire event and didn’t bounce or shake.
Its wide-angle beam ensured I could clearly see where I was going. The bright light is the real selling point for me – it is like running with a floodlight. It has 180-degree tilt adjustment so you can adjust the light to where you need it. Wearing it at waist level means you don’t dazzle your running buddies when you turn around to chat to them!
Scores on the doors
This light impresses me. It’s bright, compact and easy to use.
Being rechargeable is a huge plus point for me.
The only thing that would improve it is if you could press and hold to power off rather than have to press through the different light modes.
*For FlipBelt use only. FlipBelt not supplied, you need to buy this separately.
FlipBelt sent me this running light as I am an ambassador for the brand.
For more information on the light click here
To purchase a Flipbelt click here