Friday, September 1, 2017

Nathan Sports Lights and LED Review



Nathan Sports is sold in over 45 different countries and was on Inc.’s 500/5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies in 2013.  They make hydration, visibility, and performance gear using industry leading materials.  If you go to your local running store, there will most likely be Nathan products there.

Nathan Sports makes some of my favorite visibility products to keep me safe on my 4:00 AM runs.  I reviewed the Halo Fire Headlamp in June of 2016 (click here for my review).  It’s still one of my favorite headlamps and I keep going back to it run after run.  Nathan came out with some awesome visibility products in the last year (or so) that are worth taking a look at as well.  


Zephyr Fire 300 Hand Torch LED Light

I am not a huge fan of holding things in my hands when I run.  Having to constantly grip a bottle or anything else for that matter tends to make my hands sore or cause cramping.  This powerful little flashlight is rechargeable via a USB cable and provides up to 6 hours of light per charge. 


It is designed with a 24-degree downward angle so it’s easier to shine on the ground in front of you without having to hold your hand/wrist in a funky position. The light provides 300 lumens max with three different light levels and a strobe feature.  There’s also a flashing red LED light in the back to provide visibility from behind.  It’s easy to operate, you simply hold down the power button for 2-3 seconds to turn it on.  Single pushes of the power button will cycle through the various light settings.

Another cool feature is the emergency siren.  You simple push the button behind the power button and the Zephyr Fire 300 will start producing a loud beeping sound.  The button is easy to use but will not go off by accident.

The Zephyr Fire 300 also has a comfortable hand strap that is easy to adjust and will allow you to put your wrist through the strap and let go.  There is no need to grab the light and it works in either hand.  It’s a great way to have a handheld light without worrying about hand cramping. 


It really is a great light with a decent battery light.  I found that the intensity of the light was superb and the strobe feature really made oncoming traffic aware that I was running in the bike lane.  It saved my life on more than one occasion.  You can pick up your Zephyr Fire 300 at the Nathan Sports website for $59.99, at your local running store, or online. 

Pros:
Bright light (300 lumens)
Comfortable hand strap – no holding
Great battery life – up to 6 hours
Waterproof
Decent price at $59.99

Neutron Fire Runner’s Headlamp

Another great solution from Nathan Sports is the Neutron Fire Runner’s Headlamp.  It is one of Nathan Sports top sellers probably because it comes in 5 different colors, has a long battery life, and retails for a decent price, but more on that in a little.


The Neutron Fire provides 115 lumens max through 5 different lighting modes.  There is a main white LED that produces the 115 lumen beam.  There are two side LED’s that can change colors to red, green, or blue.  The five lighting modes are low, medium, high, sprint (super-high), and strobe.

The Neutron Fire runs on two AAA batteries, which are replaceable and can last over 30 hours before having to change them.  The whole unit is IPX4 Water/Weather Resistant so you can take this headlamp out in even the most extreme conditions. 


The headlamp has a comfortable, adjustable band that goes around your head and the headlamp angle can be adjusted depending on where you want the beam. 

This is a simple, solid headlamp that is perfect from anything to running at night on your local roads to night trail runs.  It’s even great for ultra-marathons because of the long batter life and the fact that you can change the batteries in the middle of your run.  You can pick up your Neutron Fire at the Nathan Sports website for $34.99, at your local running store, or online. 

Pros:
Long battery life (30+ hours)
Comfortable head strap
5 lighting modes (from 25 lumens-115 lumens)
Colorful LED lights for added visibility
Water/weather resistant
Great price at $34.99

LUX Strobe RX LED Clip Light

The LUX Strobe RX LED Clip Light is a simple clip-on light that has three LED lights, is rechargeable, and weather resistant.  It charges via USB cable in a very short amount of time and can last over 10 hours on a single charge. 


There are 5 different lighting modes, Steady-On (5 + hours), Strobe (8+ hours), Pulse (10+ hours), Burst (10+ hours), and RUN (10+ hours).  It also can change colors, so you can easily change between blue, red, and green but it won’t do all of the colors at the same time. 

The three LED lights put out a max output of 8 lumens, which might not seem like much, but trust me, it is quite bright.  Like the other two visibility products I reviewed, it is IPX4 water/weather resistant. 


There really isn’t much more to say other than the fact that it is a great product at a decent price point.  I am a huge advocate of running safely, especially when it is dark out.  The LUX Strobe RX LED Clip Light is great product that could mean the difference between if a car sees you or not.  I’m a huge advocate for always watching what oncoming cars are doing, but making sure they see you is a big deal.  This can definitely help.  You can pick up your LUX Strobe RX LED Clip Light at the Nathan Sports website for $29.99, at your local running store, or online. 

Pros:
5 different lighting modes with 3 different colored LED’s
Rechargeable Li-ion polymer battery lasts up to 10+ hours
Clips onto your hydration vest, belt, or shorts.
Great price at $29.99

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Nathan states that “No matter how hard you push our gear, we guarantee it.”  This does not include normal wear and tear, but you are covered from any manufacture defects for as long as you own the product.  That sounds great to me.  I definitely push my gear to the limits at times and it is great to have a company that stands behind their products.  I emailed Nathan a while back about a leaky bottle and they shipped one out to me at no charge, no questions asked.  Now that’s great service!

The Zephyr Fire 300, Neutron Fire, and LUX Strobe RX LED Clip Light are awesome products that can help be more visible and light your way.  Nathan Sports continues to impress me with the quality of their products and the features you get for the price.  Head over to your local running store and check them out or visit the Nathan Sports website. 

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

2 comments:

  1. There are some instances when flashlights don't cut it for you. I've been in some situation when with two hands holding on to tools and other stuff (while in the dark) - my headlamp has saved the day! I have both the Fenix HP25 and the Black Diamond ReVolt and wow, these babies are tops! They are tough and made to last - and very bright! For reviews on headlamps that you will need before you make a purchase, see this informative page: http://myoutdoorslife.com/gear/camping-and-hiking/best-headlamp.html

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