The lovely people at Unilite sent me head torch to review. I run with lots of lights for safety but this is the first running light I have ever had for visibility. The only other time I’ve worn a head torch was when I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015. I was keen to try it out.
It was simple to set up. Just pop in the battery and it was good to go. Naturally the first thing I did was hold it in my hands, turn it on and blind myself. With a powerful white LED bulb, I can confirm it is indeed bright! The light also has a couple different light options: high, medium and low white light, SOS white (hopefully won’t ever need that) high red and strobe red.
Once I stopped seeing spots, I decided to take it out for a test run. I wanted somewhere nice and dark to really test it. A well-lit city street would not do. I decided to go along the New River, a narrow unlit path in front of our flat.
I was immediately surprised at how well the light lit the path ahead of me. It was as if there was some sort of over head lighting and it made an otherwise dark and treacherous run easy and enjoyable. It was raining a bit, but thankfully, the Unilite head torch is water resistant so I didn’t need to worry.
I know there are a lot of foxes around where we live. I can hear them screeching on a nightly basis and I often see them scampering around in the early evening or morning. My new head torch had the unfortunate side effect of illuminating their scary eyes as I ran so all I could see ahead of me were several glowing yellow eyes in the distance. With a 70-metre range, it was truly terrifying.
As a result, my run didn’t last that long. Rain + scary fox eyes sent me home after a few miles but I can rest assured the light will see me through a much longer night time run. The battery can last for up to 5.5 hours.
I had a lovely little zigzag pattern indented into my forehead when I returned. It felt fine while running, but I wonder how this would feel on a much longer run. I’d hate to have a chafed forehead. That would be less than ideal.
This light would have been an absolute treat for all my very early morning training runs last year when I was training for the Geneva Marathon. I made due with a few flashing lights for visibility and narrowly avoided falling into Regent’s Canal on more than one occasion. For future, I am super happy to have this essential piece of running kit in my collection – big thanks to Unilite for the opportunity to try it out.