If you live anywhere in the world and you are a runner with no gym membership or you
loath the treadmill. There comes a time in the year where running in the daylight becomes a
You basically have two choices. Run in the morning in the dark before work, or run in the
evening after work. Two dangers are present with this solution. Being visible for vehicle traffic
to see you, and your ability to see obstacles in front of you.
For the past few years I have been a fan of a head lamp. Mainly for the convenience of
keeping my hands free. I had tried some of the small lightweight flashlights, however to use
them I had to hold it at an uncomfortable angle to light the ground. Headlamps all have their
downfalls as well. The biggest is when running in a mist, the light reflects back into your eyes.
I have tried to combat this by wearing one as a belt. This is a good fix but it can be
uncomfortable. It does however get the light closer to the ground to give you better visibility.
A few weeks ago I found a great new innovative product that addressed all these issues.
The Nathan Zephyr Fire 100 handheld torch.
This 108 lumen flashlight is USB rechargeable with a integrated hand strap and a 24* down
It also has a emergency button that activates a high pitch beep and a red strobe light.
When the flashlight is on it has a normal beam, high beam and a flashing forward strobe. I
have been using mine for about 2 weeks. I have noticed an earlier reaction from approaching
drivers. Not only do they pick up on my reflective vest and wrist bands. I activate the strobe
and they can identify me at a farther distance. The rear facing red strobe is always active
when the power is on as well.
It took me a few runs to get used to holding it but with the hand strap it just hangs in my
palm. I used it this week during a group run and the downward facing angle was perfect. I
tripped over a speed bump recently with a headlamp. With the Fire I was able to see the
obstacle in plenty of time to adjust my stride. No more worries about the contours of the trail
or road. With a headlamp it is impossible to turn your head and talk without blinding your
running partner. Now I can keep my path lit and not worry about all the downfalls my
headlamp had. Changing functions from normal to bright and strobe are easy. I ran with thick
gloves and the button still worked flawless.
The fire comes in a 100 lumen and a 300 lumen. As of now Sun and Ski only stocks the 100.
We have it available in select stores or you can order on SunandSki.com
For $45.00 it’s the best running accessory I have purchased in years.