Outdoors vis360plus

Published on September 7th, 2013 | by Greg


Bike Safely With Light And Motion’s Vis 360+ Lamp

We’ve recently become quite fond of the new bike sharing program in New York City- the Citibike system is now the world’s most popular, and it’s hard to step foot outside without seeing one of the distinctive blue bikes dashing around the streets. The bikes themselves are well built and include some decent lighting, primarily so you can alert other vehicles. The streets here are pretty well-lit generally, so it’s not a major issue, but some neighborhoods are not quite so bright, and additional lights are definitely helpful to identify those potholes and keep drivers and pedestrians alert.

The Light & Motion Vis 360+ bike lamp is a two-part light, one of the newer kind that come with both a front-facing and a rear lamp for your to attach to your helmet. It offers 250 lumens of power, making it one of the brightest lamps that we’ve seen, and double te light output of the non-plus version. To setup, you simply clip each part of the lamp onto your helmet, and there is a cord that connects them. The back lamp looks similar to many competitors, while the front looks a bit more like a flash light. It’s highly adjustable, and can get bright enough to be seen even in daylight. You can also choose to turn off the rear lamp at the flick of a switch.

Altogether, the 360 Plus weighs 130 grams- enough to notice, but not enough to make a difference for most street riders. Powered by a rechargeable batteries, you don’t need to worry about AAs with this one, and it recharges via USB pretty quickly. Expect to get around six hours of use on medium brightness or more than double that when flashing. It’s the perfect option if you’re in a group and want to remain visible. We especially liked the wide, encompassing beam that truly did service to the name- it offers far more coverage than any other headlamp we’ve seen.

Available now, online and in stores, for around $150- it’s definitely a pricey piece of gear, but feels worlds apart from your basic bike light.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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