Disclaimer: I received a Luna Fire 250 RX Run Chest/Waist Light from Nathan Sports to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.
I’ve gone through many of hands free light products over the years. Living in Texas, often means that my summer runs are ALWAYS done in the early hours of the morning, or late at night when it’s cooler. Besides the seasonal reasons, just taking into account my schedule, and how much time my long run take, I’m still starting before the sun rises in many cases.
As a result, it’s dark, and street lights aren’t always available to not only light my path, but to keep me visible to other runners. I’ve used a Nathan headlamp in the past, and I love it, but sometimes it just simply gets uncomfortable for long distances, and add in the fact that they aren’t as effective if you’re wearing a hat/visor. Nathan has combated this issue with the introduction of their Luna Fire 250 RX, waist and chest light.
It’s a simple idea really, which is why I don’t know why it has taken so long for me to find out about it. It’s basically two pieces, a clip on light, and an adjustable strap. you fit strap to your comfort and clip on the light and you are done.
Now for a few specs direct from the Nathan Website:
Now, for the actual use, it has a button on the side that you use to turn on, cycle through the different settings, and turn off the light. It’s a bit tricky to get, so I found using my thumbnail worked best.
On the back, it has a spot for the Micro-USB to recharge the battery. It charges pretty quickly, and I like that I can use ANY Micro USB.
The different settings were also very noticeable and I appreciated having the options so I can not only save the batter by using a lower setting when needed, but also have the option for a higher setting as well.
Lastly, comfort wise, I like it, once I figured out the strap. I didn’t notice much bouncing, nor did I notice the light bouncing on the group. However, I will say that I did have to readjust the strap to refit my body every single time, it did not retain its shape. But here again, easy fix, but it was pain to find out a few strides in that I needed to stop and readjust.
Another quick note, the packaging states that it’s Ragnar approved. I have not verified this with the Ragnar folks, but if this is true, and it eliminates the need for a headlamp, this is a game changer. Not only for whenever you’re in a bind and need to share a sweaty headlamp, but also the comfort value of not having a strap around your head for those runs.
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