Running comes with a feeling of release and freedom, but as with any sport, it’s important to feel safe when doing so. The nights are beginning to get darker, which can make us feel a lot more vulnerable. We’ve created a list of some of the best running safety gear on the market to help keep you, and your loved ones, safe.
Now we may be a little biased, but you really can’t beat the MML when it comes to safety lights. The MML is completely battery free, powered by kinetic energy, meaning it lights up when you move. It’s powered by even the slightest movement, so it works for everyone. As it’s battery free you never need to worry about charging or the light going out on a long run. It’s water resistant and ultra-bright at 30 lums, producing a 180-degree fan of light ensuring you can be seen from all angles.
The Stretch ID bracelet is a silicone band that stretches over your hand to which you can attach the engraved plate. The plate can be engraved with your name, address, and emergency contact details. You can also add other vital information such as severe allergies and medical history. It means you don’t have to worry about carrying around identification with you when you’re running in the case of an injury or emergency. It comes with three bands, so you get the perfect fit and engraving is guaranteed for life. They also offer plates that can be attached to a Fitbit or smart watch.
The Armpocket is designed to fit any phone up to 6 inches, enabling you to carry your mobile with you while you run. The clear window means it’s compatible with Apple Face ID and Samsung Iris Scanner. It attaches easily around the arm using a Velcro strap and has space inside to store keys and credit cards alongside your phone. The memory foam padding ensures it feels comfortable against your arm and it also offers three headphone ports designed to easily connect headphones to any device.
This personal alarm has a 120-decibel siren that can be heard up to 600 feet away, deterring any potential attacker immediately. You can easily clip it onto your running attire so it’s within arms reach while you’re running, just pull the cord to sound the alarm. This alarm was awarded Time Magazine’s 2019 Best Invention, so you know it’s a good one.
Running with music is great, but most of the time it means you can’t hear the world around you. These headphones sit on your cheekbones, outside of the ear, and use bone conduction technology to transmit sound. Bone conduction technology leaves the ears open to ambient sounds, as sound is delivered through the cheek bone rather than the ear canal. They connect to your device via Bluetooth and can last for up to six hours. While these are on the pricey side, they are definitely a worthwhile investment.
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