As the daylight hours fade, it seems as if runners/walkers take some sort of pride in being out when it's pitch dark out. I'll admit, there is something eerily soothing about being out on the trails that early/late. The next part is where we've all been. Whether it is you or someone else, but inevitably someone sneaks up on you. It's not because they are trying to, or that you are zoning off, but most likely you aren't aware of them and they aren't aware of you. There is a simple solution to this that everyone can remember: "See and be seen." If you can see, then that other person won't sneak up on you and if you are "seen", then you can't sneak up on the other person. Overall, we are concerned about everyone's safety while out when it's dark, so to "see and be seen", you should follow a few rules:
1. White is NOT visible. You need bright colors AND lights to be seen.
2. Those lights should blink to be seen better
3. The blinking lights should be located on extremities, if possible. Putting lights on your arms and legs are most beneficial.
4. To "see", there are a number of products, from running flashlights to running headlamps. Remember, all headlamps are NOT created equal. Having a light that spreads and has different modes is very important, much like what the Nebula/Halo Fire offers.
5. Not sure if you should wear that extra piece of visibility? The answer is yes. So what might you be wearing to have the best visibility?
a)Headlamp to "see". Never hurts to be able to see where you are going. This also helps with being seen.
b)vest with reflectivity and lights (they can be built in or clip-ons). This is the biggest surface area for "be seen" material.
c)blinking light to be worn on arm, feet or legs. This creates the movement that makes it easier to be seen.
d)any shoe/apparel typically has some reflective qualities to it. Unless it is a very visible/reflective piece of apparel, it should never be your main "be seen" piece.
Remember, at 25mph, cars need roughly 85 ft to stop. Are you "being seen" enough for cars to see you in that period of time?
Check out this video to see how you stack up.
If you are still unsure about what you need from GRO to make it safe and enjoyable to run at night, drop by so one of our Running Consultants can help you get set up.