UltrAspire Lumen 600
For the majority of individuals involved with running, the single piece of equipment they need is a sturdy pair of shoes. This is the bare minimum requirement for someone to begin running and even that is considered optional by some barefoot running enthusiasts. However, depending on particular circumstances and environments, more equipment may be helpful if not necessary for a safe and enjoyable run. One example of this is a water bottle, which will become increasingly important as the length of someone’s running session increases. Also dependent on the time in which a runner engages in their trial run is their need for additional light sources.
Enter the Lumen 600 by UltrAspire. This is a belt perfect for individuals who enjoy running in low light environments and want to remain safe while doing so. In addition to providing a light source with decent brightness, this belt also features highly reflective materials which further improve runners’ safety through increased visibility. It is attached with two adjustable straps and is composed almost entirely of a highly breathable and comfortable microfiber polyester mesh. Although intended for trail running, this belt can be used for all manner of runners who enjoy running in the dark or just need a way to store their things during longer runs.
- Bright light
- Terrific battery life
- Reflective materials
- Convenient storage pockets
- Breathable mesh construction
- Hard to find
- Battery recharges slowly
One alternative use for this product is as a form of lightweight storage; multiple pockets along the side and rear can fit small objects such as a smartphone or light snacks. Additionally, reflective materials placed around the UltrAspire’s belt portion increase the visibility of the individual wearing it, making this product an effective safety accessory similar to a safety vest. Based on these varied and convenient uses, it seems as though the Lumen 600 is a highly functional product.
Regarding the first point, high ventilation is managed through the materials used for the construction of the UltrAspire Lumen 600’s belt portion. The belt is made from a microfiber polyester mesh, and its design involves several large holes evenly spaced around its entirety. Addressing the second point is the fact that this particular design results in an exceptionally low weight for this belt; the total weight of this product is around 8 ½ ounces, with the majority of that weight attributed to the flashlight portion. With such a low weight, heat and sweat accumulation is diminished due to the decreased strain placed on the body while it is worn. Regardless as to whether or not it is important or necessary for the UltrAspire Lumen 600 to be breathable, the fact remains that it most certainly is.
The two straps used to secure the UltrAspire Lumen 600 to an individual’s body are nonintrusive and won’t lead to chafing or pinching the skin. In general, skin irritation shouldn’t be an issue thanks to the very fine fabric used for the belt portion’s construction, except anyone allergic to polyester. Even in these rare cases, the UltrAspire light belt is designed to be worn over other layers of clothing, so the chances of it coming into contact with bare skin are slim. One other potential source of discomfort is an uneven distribution of weight since the majority of this product’s density will be located on the light’s battery on the front of the belt. However, the stock light and battery aren’t nearly heavy enough to cause problems in this way, making this only a major concern for people who swap out the stock Lumen 600 light for a more powerful one. Barring these two very specific circumstances, this product offers a satisfactory level of comfort.
Regarding the belt portion, the size of this UltrAspire product is similarly reasonable. With a few inches across and a few millimeters thick, the closest comparison to this belt’s is a silk sash or thin cummerbund. By no means is this belt as thick or heavy as a standard pants belt, which carries its own benefits and drawbacks. While this does reduce weight and improves breathability, it does mean that this belt isn’t comparable to a standard belt in terms of durability. Additionally, the smaller size leaves less room in the side pockets, meaning that some runners won’t be able to fit some brands of large smart devices.
A highly resilient housing protects the light portion of the Lumen 600. This housing is designed to be impervious to damage from common trail running hazards such as flying debris or excessive moisture. A hard metal ring surrounding the bulb prevents it from shattering if dropped and the included battery can last over a day without turning off. Regarding the belt portion of this UltrAspire product, the microfiber material is deceptively durable, despite being nearly transparent in a few places. As it was designed with the intention of being used on treacherous running terrain, it makes sense that the belt, straps, and pockets are highly resistant to tearing, even when in contact with brush or sharp rocks.
The belt portion of this product offers little in the way of accessories except for some pockets that allow runners to hold other items inside. In this sense, the UltrAspire Lumen 600 may not have many accessories on their own; however, the presence of these pockets, along with the ability for this belt to attach easily to a standard hiking pack, make this product highly compatible with other accessories. For example, the larger of the two pockets placed on the UltrAspire’s belt allow for many smartphone models to fit inside comfortably. Some larger models might have some difficulty, but anything in size range of an iPhone 6 should fit without any issues.
However, in this particular aspect, the style of the UltrAspire Lumen 600 serves a more important function than simply making a fashion statement. The slightly sickening highlighter hue increases a runner’s visibility, as do the reflective highlights added to the design of the belt. While these two design aspects won’t win any fashion awards, they just may help to save a trail runner’s life by drawing attention to them in an emergency situation. When judged in this respect, the design of this light belt feels less garish and more utilitarian. It’s a serious piece of equipment for a serious trail runner; weekend warriors need not apply.
Unfortunately, this specific product has become much harder to find online; even on the manufacturer’s official website, the Lumen 600 is out of stock. Fortunately, time and the release of updated UltrAspire light belt products have led this particular model to have its price cut drastically. When searching through online retailers such as Amazon, many sellers have this product listed for roughly half its original price. Even more resourceful customers may be able to find a deeper discount with more digging. With this current price, justifying the purchase of this product becomes much easier.
The UltrAspire Lumen 600 is one of the many different peripheral trails running products that makes sense to own. It can be justified for trail runners even if they don’t commonly run at night since the SOS signal and reflective materials can make it easier for them to be found if they are stranded. Aside from that, this light belt allows beginner and experienced trail runners to enjoy nighttime running both on and off the trail. When evaluating how much this light belt costs in comparison to the opportunity it presents for runners, it seems like a sound purchasing decision.