Tech Tuesday, Every runner needs this! Every. Single. One.

When I got back from my walk this morning I went out back to get the dogs leashes and this mom came running up to me.  She said she heard I was really generous with the food.

ducks

It’s a good thing because poor girl has 10 kids!  TEN!  I’m so glad I’m not a duck.

Since its Tuesday, why don’t we talk tech cause y’all know I love my tech gadgets!

Have you ever thought about things that would make your run a little more convenient?  You know,  something that could help when you go running?  Like for instance, having a spi-belt to hold all your pertinents or a water bottle that allows you to still use your hand yet carry it effortlessly?

I love it when I hear about products that I can use that are helpful and I also love it when I think about something I could use and then I google it and find out that it’s available and all I have to do is buy it. Unfortunately there are sometimes when you have an idea for something that would really be helpful but you can’t find it because it isn’t available.  This has happened to me.

Because I mostly run alone, there have been a few occasions when someone has approached me and scared the hell out of me.  Most recently it was in Nokomis when the homeless bicycle guy sporting the Not guilty tattoo rolled up on me and told me I was hard to catch.  Um, yeah, scary.

not guilty

Sure.

And it’s not just the scary people I worry about, it’s also dogs and other animals.  Many times I’ve been approached by stray or off leash dogs, and a few random animals as well.  Girl does not need rabies people!  Just no.

For a few years now I’ve thought wouldn’t it be great to have an amplified set of earphones so that you could hear someone approaching?  And wouldn’t it be even better if they could work with music so that you didn’t have to run in complete silence only hearing the annoying sound of your breathing?  Well, I searched high and low and nothing.  There wasn’t a single product out there.

As luck would have it, a few weeks ago I got an email from a company that answered the call,  Defend Six.  They’ve developed a product that actually alerts you if someone or something is approaching and, you can even use it with music!  What I really like about this product though is that the concept was conceived by a runner who often runs alone and likes to listen to music.

defend six

From the Defend Six website:

In the news report, law enforcement advised runners to not wear headphones and always go out with a partner. Although the advice was sound, these measures didn’t seem like an acceptable solution. After all, I enjoy my music—it allows me to clear my head, and provides a sense of escape. In a split second, I begin to wonder…Does a device exist that alerts me of someone approaching from behind so that I can still listen to music and run solo? I searched far and wide, but didn’t find a thing. Unwilling to sacrifice, I determined I’d better create a solution. And DefendSix was born.

Instantly, I wanted this product so I emailed them back.  There was just one problem.  It’s not available yet.

what

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

I know, I know, you wanted one too, didn’t you?  Fortunately, we can help them get this thing out there.  In six days, they’re launching a kickstarter campaign and I’m determined to help.  Yes, I have ulterior motives, I want one, but this is a necessary thing for any runner who runs alone, and if you want one too you can also help.  If you want to know more, visit the Defend Six website and help me spread the word.

Let’s get this thing out there.  What could be more important?

What’s the one product you don’t have but wish you did?   (I want the defend six and also a Not Today Motherfucker T shirt.)

10 thoughts on “Tech Tuesday, Every runner needs this! Every. Single. One.

  1. Upon reading through their site, it can also work as a stand alone device without headphones or a phone as it has an internal audible alarm thay provides an alert if nothing is paired to it. Or you can just plug some headphones into it if you dont want the phone. The ambient headphones are interesting, just dont get too zoned in to the music. I think the warning alert is a good way to snap you to attention. I know I struggle with breaking focus. I want one of these in my tent at night when I go camping.

    • OOOH, I didn’t think about that. It would be awesome for camping! I want one for hiking because sometimes the trails are dark and can get a little sketchy. I’m definitely going to get one. 🙂

    • Does that mean they cancel out other noise? Like noise reduction? I’m clueless when it comes to good headphones, MacGyver is the AV guy in this house. I could wear huge 1970’s headphones and be fine but having a pair that tell me someone is behind me or a bear is approaching, those are the ones I want. Not that there are any bears here but you know…;)

      • No, it’s to allow you to hear the noise around you. I don’t use it often. I have Sony’s mp3 headphones.

        Interesting about the Defend Six. It pairs with your phone which seems unnecessary. Since it’s a large separate device (I skimmed and thought it was part of headphones at first ) it could detect motion behind you and just vibrate as an alert. I don’t usually run with my phone. But I also don’t run on trails.

        • Your headphones sound really cool, I’ll have to look into them. I run on a lot of trails and even though most animals love me, I am concerned about the bobcats and panthers. Oh, and the ‘not guilty’ tattoo guys so I think the DefendSix might be a good purchase for me but in the meantime, I’m going to look into getting some headphones like yours. 🙂

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