Review: Night Runner 270 Shoe Lights

Headlights for your shoes? Sure! Why not?

Night Runner 270s were made to light your way while running, walking, or hiking. In darkness and low-light conditions, you want to be sure you can see every hazard and obstacle in front of you, and headlamps and hand-held flashlights can be annoying and irritating. Doug and Renata Storer came up with the idea for the Night Runners and tested out several prototypes – including taping flashlights to their shoes – before finally settling on the current Night Runner 270 design.

Sounds great to us. But how well do they work? 


Night Runner 270

Water resistant

4 – 8 hour battery life

USB Rechargeable

150 Lumens

15m forward beam distance

Cost: US $59.95

Performance and Evaluation

I took the Night Runner 270s out for several night runs in the city. Sometimes my way was partially lit by streetlight, but I actively sought out dark streets, woodsy trails, and wide-open parks for a thorough test.

Even when on the highest setting, the beams didn’t hit the advertised 15m distance. 5m, yes, but 15m…not quite. I could still see the road in front of me, but only small sections for fractions of a second. It was a bit like running with a strobe light.

They weren’t great for running at any pace faster than about a 10-minute mile on roads, sidewalks, or trails. The low-lying beams of light created funky shadows on every small obstacle in front of me (leaves, sticks, rocks, etc.) and caused me to slow way down and step carefully for fear of tripping.

They worked fantastic for walking, but once my cadence increased, things get a little trippy. For someone running a 10 – 14 minute mile on newer, less-variable (cleaner, more even) sidewalks, I think they’d work fine.

I think they were especially eye-catching to drivers, which is great for a runner’s safety. 

All things considered, I would probably stick with a headlamp over the Night Runners for a night/low-light run where illuminating the path in front of me was essential.

Best for

Slower Runners (10+ min. mile)


Runners who want to increase their chances of being seen by drivers

* Disclosure: We were provided with a free set of Night Runner 270s for this review.

By | 2016-10-22T20:26:29+00:00 November 11th, 2015|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

Run commuting in Canada!


Hello fellow run commuters.  My name is Jeff and I’m an engineer working in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  I’ve called Calgary home for the majority of my life and even though the weather isn’t always the best for running it’s the only place I can imagine calling home.  I’m also a new dad which is both incredibly rewarding and tiring all at the same time.  Our little girl Keira is 3 months old now and is the cutest little thing in the whole world (I’m slightly biased though)!

A few years back a friend of mine convinced me to do a triathlon with him so I decided I’d better figure out how to run further than just to the bus stop.  I hated it at first but now running has really become a way of life for me.  My wife and I run together and I’ve made a bunch of new friends from running.  I couldn’t imagine my life if I couldn’t run, so it seemed pretty natural to run as a way to get into work.  I work downtown and live about 8 km (5 miles) away from the office.

Cramming myself into a bus has never been something I enjoyed and I didn’t feel right about driving to work everyday when there are so many other good options.  My usual lunch time run is around the same distance as my commute, so I figured why not just run to work in the morning and that way I can avoid the bus and get my workout in first thing in the morning!

This view is much better from the running path than from the bus!

Calgary has a great path system that follows the river and goes straight into downtown making for a really nice run to work and some great scenery.  The majority of people using the paths are on bikes, but there are a few run commuters out as well which I was happy to see.  I still haven’t picked a favorite route, but I think that might be the best part about it.  There are so many different ways for me to get to work I’ll never get bored of it!

Fall is short but sweet in Calgary!

The river is amazing when the leaves are turning!


The days are getting shorter and the mornings are getting cold.  It’s only a matter of time before the snow starts to fly and the sub freezing temperatures set in.  It may sound strange especially to those of you living in warm climates, but after running through all four seasons I always look forward to running in the winter.  Maybe it’s the sense of accomplishment or maybe I’ve got a screw loose.  Either way I’ll be sure to share my thoughts on running in the cold and what’s worked for me in the past.  I’m also planning to do a post on cold weather running gear.  So that’s a bit about me and how I started run commuting.  I’m excited to be a part of something so positive and look forward to contributing.

By | 2016-10-22T20:26:47+00:00 September 25th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , , |4 Comments
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