You may have noticed—night comes early these days. But don’t let it interfere with your run; all you need to do is grab one of these lights (all of them weigh about the equivalent of two bars or three gels) before heading out the door. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the miles fly by.
Safety is priority number one, and seeing, being seen and being aware of what’s going on around you become all the more important when it’s dark. Remember to run against traffic at night, leave your headphones at home and also add some high-visibility accessories to your kit.
Black Diamond Spot
This waterproof light has 200 lumens of brightness, with distance, dimming and night vision (red) modes, for the darkest of trails. It can also be locked and even shows remaining battery life when you first turn it on. The Spot runs on three AAA batteries. ($40, rei.com)
LED Lenser NEO
Sunrise and sunset runs get a little brighter with the 90 lumens of light in this fun (read: it comes in cool colors!) torch. It also has a blinking rear light and takes three AAA batteries. ($25, ledlenserusa.com)
Nathan Orion Strobe
This mighty accessory gives an extra pop of light and visibility when running in urban areas. It has 30 lumens of white light plus a red strobe light, making you easier to spot. It’s weather resistant, rechargeable and comes with a belt in case you need someplace to clip it. ($30, nathansports.com)
This updated take on the innovative design from 2001 now has 100 lumens of light, with two settings and a washable headband. It’s weather resistant—dark, damp mornings are no longer an excuse to hit the snooze button—with a wide beam of light. The Tikka operates with three AAA batteries. ($30, petzl.com)
A dial control switches the 90 lumens of light from wide beam (high or low), spot, wide beam and spot and red as you power out laps around the neighborhood. It’s powered by three AAA batteries and has a lock-mode to keep it from switching on accidentally. ($30, princetontec.com)
Nite Ize Stick
Okay, so maybe this isn’t the most practical of lights, but it’s a fun (who doesn’t want a light saber?!) accessory for evening group runs or night time jaunts in urban areas. Plus, it has a 60 lumens flashlight as well as the glowing lantern, thus satisfying the see and be seen requirements for heading out after dark. Plus the lantern can shed light on post-run gatherings. The Stick runs on one AA battery. (niteize.com)