In anticipation of November being National Running Safety Month, we thought it would be prudent to put together a list of the latest tech and safety gear that we take on our jogs, runs, sprints and marathons (and everything in between).
Here are four products that we recommend taking on your next run.
It’s right in the name, folks: the Jaybird Freedom 2 set me free from headphone cords.
I’m a little OCD about the cord length of my headphones when I run -- I have to wrap the cord around my fingers a certain amount of times to make sure there’s enough slack that I can turn my head, but not long enough that could cause the cord to flap around.
It’s strange and one of the more annoying aspects of my runs, but I don’t have to worry about that any more. The freedom 2 from Jaybird fits comfortably in the ear, has a variety of positions that it can be worn, and best of all, eliminates cord movement so that I can concentrate on things like, well, my surroundings.
The sound quality is superb, and with a full charge, the Freedom 2 can last for four hours of playing time. The headphones can switch seamlessly from your music to an incoming call and then back again, without you ever missing a step.
If you’re like me, you’ll want to listen to music without the possibility of having to be at the beck and call of your cell phone. Most of us stream our music through our cellular devices, sometimes making it hard to tune out.
With the Mighty Audio player, you can connect your streaming service to the device, allowing you to play your music without worrying about getting interrupted.
All you have to do to get started is charge your Mighty Audio device, download the Might mobile app, and follow set up instructions. Pick your favorite playlists, and leave the phone at home.
Safety considerations are paramount when running alone in an urban area.
And with a plethora of safety resources out there, for me at least, comes the heightened awareness and slight paranoia that anything can happen at any time, so you need to be prepared. That’s why I was so excited to test the Wearsafe tag: it’s discrete, and it’s peace of mind.
Basically, the tag is connected to your cellular device, and loaded with key emergency contacts that you choose. If you get into a dangerous situation, you click the tag, and a call goes out to your contact list.
A couple things to note: You can have multiple contacts in your network, but can only send an alert to one at a time. The Wearsafe only works if you’re in service or have Wifi -- otherwise, it will send the alert when you get back into service, so if you’re concerned about safety in a remote location, be wary of your signal.
Prices vary depending on subscription choice.
More analog-focused than the other items I tested, the Road ID was appealing for me in its simplicity and lack of connectivity.
One of the main reasons I run is to escape the inter-connectedness of the world we live in, and to be alone with my own thoughts for a few miles while pounding pavement. The reason I always bring a device with me is more for safety than it is for entertainment, and wearing the Road ID eliminated me having to bring another gadget along for the ride.
With a stylish leather band and metal details, the Road ID looked like a bracelet I would normally wear, but included the two emergency contacts I would need if something were to happen on the road, providing a peace of mind I hadn’t had without a phone in quite a while.
I had a little trouble figuring out the clasp, but with the help of the included instruction manual and a more talented coworker, I got the bracelet securely fastened.
If you choose a leather band like I did, make sure you avoid water to keep it pristine. If you forget you have it on and say, jump in the ocean, rinse the band and let it dry for 24 hours before wearing again.
Prices vary depending on which materials you choose for your bracelet.