Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: Nathan Light Spur

It's official, as I'm heading out for my run in the evening it's dark out. That means that it's time to get back into the habit of running with lights dangling from my clothing.

I'm still a big fan of the eGear Guardian Strobe Light, which clips in any number of places and just works. But, the other day Shira returned home from an REI trip with a new light for me to try: the Nathan Light Spur.

Here's what looks like in action:

The Light Spur is a relatively stiff U-shaped piece of plastic that you wrap around the back of your shoe. You can then switch between continuous-on, strobe and off.

The two obvious questions are: (1) does this thing really stay in place? and (2) is it annoying?

I've only run with it a couple of times, but so far it has been rock solid. I'm using it on a pair of traditional running shoes; I'm not sure how comfortable this would be on a minimalist setup. I'm also only running with one Light Spur, and the lack of symmetry hasn't caused any problems.

As for whether or not it's annoying, when I first put it on I could notice the slight difference in weight and pressure it caused. But, after a few minutes, I forgot it was there. I then wore the Light Spur around for a couple of days without even realizing that it was still attached. For me, it is basically invisible.

I've got to say, I'm really impressed. While not quite as versatile as the eGear strobes, It Just Works. I can truly clip it and forget it. I don't have to worry about my shirt covering up the strobe, or figure out some strategy for getting it attached.

If you run at night, this item is a no-brainer. I also bet it would be fun for shooting long exposure shots at night. But that's another topic for another day.

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