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Nov 5, 2016

Nathan National Safety Month Review and Giveaway!!!

A few weeks back, Nathan sent me a few of their products to test out for National Safety Month.   I hope you do what you can to stay safe out there when running.   These products will certainly help.

They sent five things that help runners be more safe for me to review as well as to giveaway the same for a lucky Detroit Runner reader.  Here's a look a what I tested and I'll go in order of their products above:

First up is the Neutron Fire Headlamp.
Runner's Headlamp
Honestly, I was a little worried about this because of how small it was but there was no concerns here at all.  The headlamp is definitely smaller than what I'm used to running with which is a welcome change.  You barely know that you are wearing this headlamp!  The headlamp has a white light setting that is low (25 Lu), medium (45 Lu), high (90 Lu) and sprint (115 Lu) giving it various levels of light.  It also offers a strobe (45 Lu).  I pretty much used the medium or high depending if I was running with another runner and didn't need the brightness or high if I were running alone.  In addition, there is a setting for green, blue or red lights as well to help you see.  The light is fully adjustable so you can get it to the tightness you want to wear it.

The light takes 2 AAA batteries and lasts up to six hours on high and 90 Lumens is more than enough to see the road or the trail.  I typically run trails, where it's REALLY dark early mornings and it does a great job leading the way.  The lamp is adjustable so you can have light going further out or tilt it down so it's closer to your feet.  It's also water resistant and I ran one morning in the rain with no issues at all.

The next product Nathan sent was the Hipster.
The Hipster
This is a product to allow you to run with your phone, gels or any miscellaneous items.  Personally I didn't think it was good for storing a key since there is no clip or zipper.  It was, however, outstanding for carrying your phone on your run which, of course, keeps you much safer.  I have the iPhone 7 and you can see from the picture on the right that it fits perfectly.  I know that many of you worry about running with this for fear of it bouncing around, however, the fact this fits well around your waist at your hips keeps the phone against you and it does not bounce.  It has several openings to store things on the front (which I found best for the phone), the sides and back.

I've run over 60 miles with it and you can't even tell it's there.  I found myself checking during the run since I could not tell if I still had my phone with me!  One of the best running belts I've ever tested and I'm so excited to have this on my runs now.  Previously I've rarely run with my phone but now I do all the time.  Not only is it safer to run with your phone, but you get an opportunity to take pictures on your run like this one I took on today's 10 mile run.
I wouldn't have been able to share this without having The Hipster
Next up is the Speedshot Plus Insulated bottle.
Nathan SpeedShot Plus Insulated bottle
I have always run with a handheld bottle since I started running 6 years ago.  Even on short runs, I really need water during the run and bottles help keep you hydrated.  This one is nice for several reasons:

  • It's light
  • It allows you to take 12 ounces of water with you (plenty for up to ten miles for me)
  • It has reflective parts to help you be seen at night
  • It's insulated to keep your drinks cold
  • It's got a nice hands free grip to it so you don't have to hold it hard allowing you to forget you are holding a bottle
As you can see from the pictures above, it's got a nice wide opening for drinking.  It also has an angle at the opening to help make it easier to drink.  It comes with a pouch on the front to allow you to store keys or gels and I'm always carrying a key and car fob since I drive to the trail.  The lower left picture was taken with my iPhone 7 in the front.  I had to stretch it to get it in there but it did fit.  Of course, if you have the Hipster, you don't need your phone in this.  I was even able to put my lightweight gloves in there from this mornings run once I warmed up.  For me, it's the perfect size for most of my training runs.

Next I tested the Mag Strobe.

The Nathan Mag Strobe is an extra light you can use either on the front of your shirt or on the back to help cars see you.  While the light itself is small, it can project light up to 2400 feet so cars see you coming or them coming up from behind you.  It's one extra precaution you can use especially while out running on the roads.  In my experience, you cannot have enough reflective gear, lights, headlamps on especially when you are running roads early in the morning or late in the evening.  I sometimes have 3 or 4 items to help me be seen and still cars don't see you!  This is especially true for 5am runs where drivers are still asleep and not looking for you.  It runs on a watch battery and clips to your clothing with a built in magnet.

Last but not least, I tested the LightSpur RX.
LightSpur RX
This is a nifty little light that clips onto the back of your shoe.  The light stays on because there are little spurs that rest against the shoe to stay in place.  Personally I think it's better suited for road running than trail running but it worked well for both and stays in place.  I say this just because sometimes you brush up against things on the trail.  The light itself is bright and you can change it to blue, green or red and it can be a steady state light or flashing.  I actually prefer the flashing light since cars tend to see you better when the light you have is flashing.  It's also rechargeable so no need to replace batteries.  As you can see, I have it plugged into my iPhone charger and the cable that comes with the LightSpur.  The light will last anywhere from 8 to 16 hours depending on if it's on continuously or on strobe.  This is one of those products I put in the category of using with several other safety items like the Mag Strobe and the Headlamp.  It's nice to have something that is lighted in back of you in case a car comes up behind you.

Overall, these are a great set of products to help you be safer when out running whether it's light out or dark.  All of the Nathan products are high quality and I can tell they will last for many years to come.

Nathan wants you to SEE and BE SEEN.  So who's interested in winning this great Nathan package?  Here's how you can win:

  1. Post a comment on how you stay safe while running in the dark on this blog or on the Detroit Runner Facebook page (1 entry)
  2. Post a comment on Twitter and tag @detroitrunner1 and @nathansportsinc telling us how you stay safe while running in the dark.  Use hashtag #FireUpYourRun as well. (1 entry)
  3. Post a comment on Instagram.  I'll be posting about the giveaway there as well. (1 entry)

Three ways to win!  Good luck to all.  I'll announce a winner on November 15th and have Nathan send out your package directly to you.

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

Disclosure:  I received all 5 products from Nathan in exchange for a review and giveaway.  All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a particular opinion other than an honest one.


  1. Jeff! It's nice to see you writing more. Lately I've been staying safe by not running.... joking aside - I've always worn a yellow reflective vest when running at night along with a headlamp. Clothing and shoes all are bright and reflective too. STAY safe buddy - see you and the trails soon.

  2. What a cool giveaway! Sadly I don't do much to stay safe at night, but I try to stick to traffic-free areas and spots with lots of other people, run without music, or take my dog.

  3. As someone go runs morning before work, I love this! The subdivisions around Rochester and Troy are woefully missing lights- most of my run is lit by a headlamp of my own and motion sensor lights.

  4. Cool products and giveaway! I use a reflective vest and a clip on light similar to the mag stobe but it has a smiley face on it! Thanks and keep safe!

  5. I personally try to run against traffic so that both the driver and myself can see each other before any accident can occur. It's also good to wear a ton of reflective gear and lights to make it obvious you are there.

  6. It funny, I don't run on the trails in the dark, but when I run on the road in the winter mornings I like to stay in the dark, I keep to the quiet roads and enjoy the black of the night... That said I do have a reflector belt I run with in the evenings when on busyier roads!

  7. I love Nathan Products! They are pretty high quality and hold up to tough runs. My main tip for running in the dark is having a running buddy. Two people with lights are easier seen than just one.

  8. I usually run with a headlamp and bright colored clothing. I try to bring just enough attention to myself but not too much to distract drivers at 5am.

  9. I run in the early morning very often and use flashing lights and reflective clothing. Running in the street may increase my risk of injury, but I always do so against traffic. Actually, most of the time I feel safer running in the street because drivers have a better chance of seeing me than if I'm crossing streets from the sidewalk. Not many people stop before crosswalks nor do they watch for pedestrians. Mornings with dew, frost and fog scare me the most since many drivers don't take the extra time to clean their windows sufficiently or slow down due to weather conditions!
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  10. I probably should take visibility more seriously on runs. I do on the bike but I tend to go stealth ninja mode while running. Thanks for the write up!

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