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Jan 11, 2015

AthLights review

A couple weeks ago I received a pair of the AthLights to review for the blog.  Here's what I received:
Essentially the lights are used for running or walking at night to provide visibility to keep you safe.  As most of you know, I run in the very early mornings midweek and the majority of the year it's dark when I run.  This means I'm always looking for new products to help keep me safe.

The lights are quite small with virtually no weight as you can see compared to the size of a penny:
Nice and small.  Magnet on the left, light on the right
I opened up the light so you could see that it's just two small watch batteries along with the top and bottom that screw together.  It's actually very easy to change out the batteries.  The little film to the left was around the batteries to help you get them out easier.
They come with an earth magnet so you can attach them anywhere on clothing when you run.  For my first run, I attached them onto my Winter running jacket near my pockets.  Unfortunately, the place I put them, I knocked them slightly and lost one on the first run.  Actually both of them fell off on the first run but I was able to only find one.  While the magnets appear strong, after that happened, all I did was think about not hitting them so they wouldn't fall off again.
Left side near the pocket
For the rest of my runs, I used the one remaining and attached it to my water bottle that I run with daily.  That seemed to work better as I didn't have any chance to hit it off and it seemed to stay in place better.

A simple twist of the product and it pushes the batteries together inside to turn it on.  You can just untwist to turn them off after your run.  The batteries provide up to 40 hours of life.  They are quite bright especially since they change colors which I have always found is better for cars to see you coming.  I took a quick video so you can see how it changes:

While they are bright, in my opinion, they are also too small.  You do get two that come in a package but really, you would need more if you want to be seen by cars.  I didn't feel it was safe to just run with these but if you coupled it with some reflective gear or headlamp would help it.

Personally I think they are better suited for walking where there is less chance of the item falling off your clothing.

If you are interested in learning more or purchasing them($9.99 retail), you can visit AthLights website directly.

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!

Disclosure:  I received the AthLights in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a particular opinion other than an honest one.

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