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Old 11-14-10, 12:43 PM   #1
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Light & Motion 360 helmet rig

I almost bought one of these today --
http://www.bikelightingsystem.com/vis360.html

Fairly light, recharges via USB (pretty convenient), both the taillight and headlight run off of one Li-ion battery that's contained in the taillight.

My only reservation, however, is about whether the rear light fits well enough on a helmet with a vertical back side like my Specialized. I'm guessing it'll be OK, but I'm also wondering if it will end up pointing at the ground or something like that, and I don't know how well the rear LEDs' light is dispersed.

Specialized's helmets:
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...jsp?spid=58627
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Just got one ,shouldn't be a problem.
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The rear light attaches to a mounting plate. The plate can be velcroed horizontally or vertically.
Velcro is 3/4" wide and 12 and 3/4" long. The light will still mount in the same position.
The rear light aspect in relation to the ground is not a problem on my Bell Metro.
I don't think there will be a problem on your helmet. If so I would use some material between my
helmet and the plate to change the angle. Just a test ride around my neighborhood so far.
Both lights are bright. The 3 leds on the rear light do a steady blink. No rear button to change
the display.
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Old 11-16-10, 09:12 PM   #4
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Cygolite Expilion 250 is speced as a much brighter light at around the same weight. No side/rear lights, but already have that covered. I looked at the L&M 360, but wanted a light that's easier to remove from the helmet for daytime commuting.
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The 360 will go on or come off in a minute. I mounted the 360 carefully. I didn't want to risk pulling the thin
cable out either light connection. I'm home for a few days working on my house. I won't commute or try out
any horse trails until Friday. I currently use a Topeak Moonshine for a helmet light. Wanted to try the
convenience of not running a battery cord down to a back pocket or small back pack.
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Wanted to try the convenience of not running a battery cord down to a back pocket or small back pack.
When I put my Dinotte 200 on my helmet, I hung the battery pack on the back of the helmet itself, which pretty much balanced the weight fore-to-aft. But, mine was with the AA pack, which only has so-so runtimes (it's part of why I later got a bike with a dynohub), and it still didn't have a taillight. Plus, it took forever to remove, at least compared to all those clip-on lights on the market.

The 360's taillight, and how it effectively has no extra "battery pack", makes it really interesting, IMO.
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I would hang a PB Superflash on the back clip of my Metro or Citi helmets. I would also hang a wire tie on
the back clip to help route the battery cord from front helmet light. My first commute with the 360 today.
Nothing came loose on my 16 mile commute. Looks like a keeper.

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Old 11-24-10, 01:02 PM   #8
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Picked up the Vis360 last week, its pretty bright with a nice tight throw.

I tried a Dinotte 600L on my helmet with the battery and ended up with a headache (most of my shirts do not have a pocket i could carry the light in). I barely notice this one and it serves the purpose of a head lamp just as well imo (the 600L has a lot of flood and i wanted more of a spot).

Overall very happy.
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I saw one during a short ride last night. She had it on a Specialized helmet, too, and its aim wasn't a problem at all. That taillight is pretty darned bright. I'm definitely getting one for myself.
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The Vis 180 and Vis 360 are great lights -
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So for those of you who have had the Vis 360 for the last year what do you think of them? I'm considering getting it for when my commute extends into the dusk hours in the fall and winter.
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It rocks.

Sometimes I forget that it needs to be recharged because I can go for so long before it runs out of juice. To be fair, my commute is less than ten minutes each way, but I can still go for weeks before plugging it in again. I never could do that with my AA-powered Dinotte.

The weight hasn't been a problem. I notice it the most when I'm not using it -- that is, when I take it off of its mounts, my helmet feels properly light again. It does increase the momentum of the helmet when I turn my head quickly, but nothing awful.

The light pattern is fine for where I ride. I'd try to fashion a glare shield if I were using one of the area MUPs to keep from dazzling the other commuters, but at least I can point it out of the way if I need to.

It's a good light. Recommended.
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