Disclaimer: I received a SPIBeams LED Hat 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!
I do a lot of running early in the mornings before work, and it’s always pretty much pitch black outside. I’m also planning a good amount of training on the American Tobacco Trail as I will run a full Marathon there in March.
While the trail is paved, it is not lit at all. I was actually shopping around for a head lamp when the opportunity to test the new SPIBeams LED hat came along.
The hat has four white LEDs built into the bill which do a great job of lighting up the path in front of you (128 lumens), and it also has two red LEDs embedded into the back strap that can operated in two modes (flash, or constant).
It is super-light and comfortable to wear and feels just like any other running hat that I own. The battery packs for boths sets of LEDs are very acccessible for replacing the batteries (CR2032) — I’ve not had to replace any yet.
The only thing I was slightly concerned about was washing the hat. Everyone is different, but I normally wash ALL my running gear after each run, including hats, belts, etc.
The information on their website specifies the hat must be hand washed. The battery packs can be removed from the hat, but not entirely, meaning you could not submerge the hat fully in water.
Even though I have used my SPIBeams hat quite frequently since getting it, I have not yet attempted to wash it. The hat material dries out well and doesn’t seem to hold odor (yet). So, while it is passing the sniff test I’ll keep on wearing it and eventually get around to washing it. 😉
Aside from the benefits of lighting up your path, and weighing much less than most head lamps, there is another great thing about this hat — and that is the sense of safety it provides.
I definitley feel much safer on the road. I know that cars can see me coming or going, no matter which direction I happen to be facing.
When I’m crossing intersections, a quick look in the direction of any car immediately alerts them to my presence on the road. This is a big deal for any runner who needs to get their runs in outside of daylight hours.
The hat comes in three colors: black, hot pink and lime for $29.99. A visor is also available for the same price. If you use the code BIBRAVE on SPIBelt.com, you’ll receive 20% off any SPIBelt item including the hats and visors.
The SPIBeams Hat is from the same great company who make the SPIBelt, one of the most popular running belts on the market.