An alarm that fits on the back of your cell phone and headphones that allow you to hear background noise are must have safety devices for female runners.
Mollie Tibbetts’ recent murder rocked the female running world. If you didn’t read her story, Mollie was a female college student running in a small town when she was abducted by a stranger and subsequently killed. It’s a horror story- and a realization of every female runner’s worst fears.
Almost every woman who runs alone has experienced some form of harassment- catcalls, honking or even men who touch them while running by. A recent CNN article highlights several examples of a problem that female runners face daily.
I myself have just picked running back up again- around the time of Mollie Tibbet’s death. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I haven’t been honked at as I slog through the neighborhood on my daily 2 mile run through my Denver neighborhood- but luckily that’s the worst of it. Still- I time my runs to when there’s more neighborhood activity, let my husband know my route in advance, and run with my cell phone in hand in case something untoward happens.
I definitely think about ways to keep myself safe- and in doing some research found two products that I think are great safety devices for female runners. I’ll give you a quick rundown, and a chance to win both products!
Katana Safety Device
Katana is a safety device that attaches to your cell phone and has a powerful alarm system and a panic button for use during emergencies. The device is about the size of a credit card, and about 1/3 of an inch thick- so it’s not very big, super slim, and it weighs almost nothing. There’s a super discreet quick release wristband on the device so you can just wear it around your wrist and activate in an emergency.
This would be perfect for those times when you are nervous and want a safety back up- I think of when I go grocery shopping late at night or when I’m running in an unfamiliar area. The alarm activates instantly in this case, so no fumbling around with a phone or anything- it just pulls right off.
You just attach it to the back of your cell phone (it comes in 10 different colors) and activate the alarm system in conjunction with the Katana app. The Katana app has a GPS enabled locator that can share location with family and friends, an alarm that can be silent or loud depending on your situation, and a 24/7 response center.
The Katana retails for $99 and you can find it on Amazon (affiliate). The additional safety features such as the response center are available for an additional monthly fee, but the app with location tracking is free.
Trekz Air Headphones by After Shokz
I don’t run without a great soundtrack- I don’t find running to be a lot of fun, but the benefits for my mind and body are so great that I do make time for running each week. The problem is that once my headphones are in, I can’t hear a thing- which causes a safety concern because I wouldn’t be able to hear if someone approached me.
Enter the Trekz Air headphones by After Shokz. These headphones don’t actually go in your ear- they sit just outside and use bone conduction technology to deliver the sound through your cheekbones. And they are wireless! And you can answer phone call with them!
The Trekz Air are super lightweight and don’t move around when I am running- which I was worried about. The battery life is super long- I’ve used them all week without a recharge. I love that they came ready to use right out of the box, so I didn’t have to charge them first. Plus they come in four super fun colors- red, green, blue and grey- and I want them all! The Trekz Air headphones retail for $149.99 and you can find them on Amazon (affiliate). These are also great for biking as you can hear traffic noise when biking, which is another huge safety issue for bikers.
Win The Safety Devices for Female Runners!
You can win a full set of safety devices for female runners from Pura Vida Moms (Katana + Trekz Air = $249.99 value) or your own set of Trekz Air headphones! Simply enter the Rafflecopter below- and best of luck!