As the days grow shorter, it’s essential to stay safe and visible during your evening runs. We recommend incorporating some high-visibility gear into your running routine. Headlamps and high-visibility apparel are important components in keeping you safe during darker hours. We asked Kelly Lutz of the Coaching Klutz for her recommendations on the headlamps and gear she suggests for darker weather. She’s put together a list with varying price ranges:
Essential Headlamps for Evening Runs
Black Diamond Astro 300
A budget-friendly choice that doesn’t compromise on quality. This headlamp provides reliable lighting, ensuring you’re visible and able to see your path clearly. Available for purchase at REI for only $20.
Biolite Headlamp 330
Offering enhanced visibility and comfort, this headlamp is a step up for those looking for improved performance. Currently on sale for $45 at REI.
Petzl Swift RL Headlamp
For runners who frequently engage in nighttime activities and races, the Petzl Swift is the ultimate option, providing exceptional durability and brightness for extended use. Find it at REI for $130.
A Must-Have Visibility Vest
In addition to using headlamps, we highly recommend incorporating a high-visibility vest into your evening running gear. Not only does it increase your visibility to others, but it also adds an extra layer of safety during low-light conditions. We suggest the Tracer2 LED Safety Vest, perfect for those planning to engage in regular evening runs.
Join Our Inclusive Group Run
Don’t forget, our PR Labs Group Run with Coach Kelly Lutz is every other Wednesday this fall. If you consider yourself a “back of the pack” runner, are just getting started on your running journey, and/or are looking for an open, inclusive, and welcoming group, join us! Open to 10-13+ minute paced runners, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, and allies. Find out more information and RSVP through our Eventbrite page.