Thursday, August 25, 2016

Nathan: LightStreak LED Vest Review

Fall is just around the corner and that means darker mornings and earlier evenings. The shorter daylight could be challenging for some runners since they have to adjust their schedule if they still want to run. I don’t know about you but I’m not a big fan of adjusting my schedule when it comes to my workout, I want things to stay consistent as much as possible and I am more productive by doing so. In my opinion, your schedule doesn’t have to adjust…you just need the right GEARS!

Not only does fall season means shorter daylight but it’s also the time where our visibility with motorists and other road users is diminish. You probably know by now that I’m such a big fan of Nathan. I’m fortunate enough to review some of their products in the past like the Halo Fire Headlamp and the Trailmix Plus Insulated 2 Hydration Belt. This time they sent me the LightStreak LED Vest which is very timing for my early morning runs and late cycling (sometimes), in preparation for my December marathon.

Features
·   Bright safety yellow color and reflective silver panels for 1,200 ft reflective & 3600 visibility.
·    3 front White LED's, 3 rear Red LED's.  
·    Multiple lighting settings (solid, slow strobe and fast strobe) for 2,400 ft of visibility.
·    Lightweight and vented mesh construction.
·    Anatomical shape doesn't impair range of motion while running.
·    Fully adjustable Velcro waist closure to secure vest, prevent bouncing and low profile.

Details
·    LED burn-time
         25 hours on solid light mode
         +40 hours on strobe mode
·    User replaceable watch-style coin batteries
         Front: White LED batteries: (x2) CR2016
         Rear: Red LED battery: (x1) CR2032
·    Weight: 2.2 oz (62g)

Sizes
·    Small/Medium (SM/MD)
·      Large/Extra Large (LG/XL)

Fit and Functionality
Top (L/XL): Bottom (S/M)
Nathan sent me both sizes to try and honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference in sizes when I have them side by side as you can see on the picture. The only difference is that the L / XL size has a bit more length on the waist closure but other than they’re pretty much identical. They could just have this as a “one size” fits all vest for simplicity. As for the actual fitting, I’m 5’-6” (165 lbs) (yeah I’m a husky:-)) and the medium size sits perfectly flat on my outer garment. The adjustable Velcro waist closure makes it even easier to secure and had it closer to my body.






Back
Front 















For safety features, it offers a 3600 of reflectivity from the silver panel and provides much higher visibility with the addition of the front and rear LED lights. The weekend is when I do my longest training hours, I normally do 13+ miles of running and at least 50+ miles of cycling. I prefer to do these trainings early in the morning to beat the heat. As for the LED’s run time, I still haven’t had the chance to replace the battery and I haven’t had any problems yet with the LED lights being flaky contrary to some reviews that I have read. The construction and placement of the LED lights is as good as it gets. I didn’t feel any added weight or constricted my movement while running, it just feels natural and out of the way when I swing my arms. The thing that I really like most with this vest is the versatility and the simplicity it offers, it doesn’t interfere with my running and cycling outfit. I can easily take it off when I have enough daylight and storing it in my pocket is a breeze.

My Verdict
Safety should always be our number one priority and equipping ourselves with the right gear is a must. I highly recommend that you give the LightStreak LED Vest a try. It is one of Nathan's most popular ultra-reflective vest that allows for full range of motion while you train. You get the visibility and lighting in one package…how cool is that? Equipped with high power LED's (front and rear) to help increase your presence to drivers on the roads. Having this vest on me while training gives me the security and peace of mind that I am present and visible with the rest of people I share the road with.

The Nathan LightStreak LED Vest sells for $34.99 and is available in their website and on most retail stores. You can even get this in a much lower price thru Amazon for $24.53. Rest assured that Nathan stands behind their product, as their motto said “No matter how hard you push our gear, we guarantee it”. Nathan will repair or replace at its discretion any manufacturing defect free of charge.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think.

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