Light & Motion Vis 360 Plus Light $179.99
You know the drill -- before leaving your apartment ever morning, you dress, pack your tools and a spare change of clothes, don gloves and helmet, and duck out the front door, bike under arm. It's only until you're beyond the point of turning around when you realize you've forgotten your rear light. Or your front light. Or worse still, both. The intelligent Light & Motion Vis 360 Plus Light system makes it significantly more difficult to forget your lights, while offering a bit of extra power (hence the "Plus" delineation) over the standard Vis 360.
Before the Vis systems, smart bike commuters have used separate headlights and taillights. While this is a satisfactory setup, it doesn't necessarily make you visible from the side. Accident data tells us that most accidents involving vehicles and bicycles occur at intersections, not surprisingly, with cars turning into or across cyclist's paths as they thread their way through the intersection. Light and Motion made the Vis 360 system a better, safer option by incorporating both front and rear light together, using the same battery pack so you'll always know that you'll have ample juice for both lights. But what really makes it special is the inclusion of amber side lights. These side markers create a 360° field of visible light.
The system is designed to be mounted on the helmet, as accident data also shows that cyclists are more visible to cars when the headlight is mounted on the helmet. From our experience, this is also preferable for performance reasons -- your light will point directly where you look.
Like the rest of the full Light & Motion line, the Vis 360 Plus Light is made in Monterey, California. The entire system mounts intuitively to any helmet with the lamp on front and taillight on back. It casts a bright, white 250 lumens beam of light which runs on the high setting for 3 hours. The medium setting will get you twice that, and it will pulse on the flash setting for a full 16 hours. The rechargeable Li-ion battery has a micro USB port and can be charged on your computer or by most cell phone chargers. From a complete drain, you can expect the light to fully charge in around 6 hours.
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Startlingly bright. See and be seen.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have heavily used the original light, Vis 360, for cycling and inline skating over the past two years and am impressed by its visibility, durability, practicality, battery life. When my wife needed better lighting to skate at dusk, I had to get her this one to try out. The big deal with this model is double the lumen output at improved battery discharge capacities in all modes. If you don't need the extra brightness, the original model is a great value.
Having a helmet mount with integrated tail light is great: 1) it shines where you are looking, 2) it works for several bikes and activities without mounting to equipment, 3) it is easily swappable onto another helmet, 4) no need to worry about charging front and rear.
USB charging is flawless. An indicator LED makes it easy to tell how much charge remains. This light is so bright (double the lumens of the original) that I would use it mostly in medium or flash mode. At max, it can be disorienting. Getting twice as many lumens in flash mode does get more driver and other rider attention on the road. The tail light has also been enhanced to stay on while pulsing rather than cycle on and off. Higher output means the side lights are much more visible too.
I don't know yet how well it will work in non flash modes. I'm highly impressed with the Vis360 product pair and the original has proven worthy over several thousand miles. I'd suggest this model if you need to light the path you ride or if you ride in a bright environment (even daylight) and want to improve the odds that you are seen.
It mounted easily to several different helmets as promised and can be easily mounted and unmounted. It is light enough that I don't notice it much (unlike a camera). I highly recommend this light for urban road and park use both for cycling and skating. I'd like it even more at a lower price, but it's well engineered and manufactured--here in the USA.