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Light and Motion polled regular commuters, both online and on the streets, in addition to dealers and sales reps to determine what would constitute a real world change to substantially improve commuter-specific bike lights. Most agreed; what we need is greater visibility. Their Vis 360° system does this, not necessarily with greater power, but by increasing your cone of visibility. In fact, you'll be seen from any angle as you ride.

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 car/bike accidents occur at intersections, and 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.

The Light and Motion Vis 360° mounts easily to any helmet with the lamp on front and taillight on back. It casts a bright, white 110 lumens so you'll see the path easily and be easily seen. It will run on the high setting for 2.5 hours, the medium will get you twice that, and it will pulse on the flash setting for 20 hours. The rechargeable Li-ion battery has a micro USB port and can be charged on your computer or by most cell phone chargers. Total charge time is 4.5 hours.

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4 5

Get this if you want to be seen

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Get something else if you want a headlight bright enough to see where you are going while riding. The helmet mount makes it easy to swap bikes or use while inline skating. I use it almost exclusively in blink mode. The battery lasts a long time and USB charging works well. I've used it heavily for several years and it's still running strong. Having a blinking light on your head does help get drivers attention especially when you are behind them. It also works well as a heads up for pedestrians, joggers, other cyclists on paths. The pivot on the front mount allows you to easily adjust the height of the focus point for different riding positions or activities. Other designs aren't adjustable.

With a more powerful new model out, this is now more reasonably priced, though it would be nice to have the 200+ lumens from that model. I ride in traffic in a city. I'd never go out without it. Strongly recommended. This model is now a much better value with a lower pricetag.

The only other improvement I'd like to see is a more secure helmet mount especially for the rear lamp. It doesn't sit on my Giro Ionos (2011) as squarely as I'd like it to. On different helmets it might mount better.

3 5


Just got the light and was very pleased with the performance until the battery died after about 50 minutes into the ride. Not exactly what I would expect out of a $170.00 product. If I can get the battery to last at least a couple of hours this will be a pretty neat product as I ride both to and from work in the dark.

Unanswered Question

I have an iPhone plug that goes into a...

I have an iPhone plug that goes into a wall socket and connects to my iPhone through a USB cable. Does anyone know if I can use the USB cable from the Vis360 bike light to plug into the iPhone plug (just the plug, not the USB cable) to charge the Vis360 bike light so that I don't have to plug it into my computer to charge it?

5 5

Great light for commuting

I've been using this light for almost a year on my commute to work. I ride through the winter in Portland, OR, and have nothing but praise for this light. I was worried it might not hold up to the wet conditions here, but have had no problems. The light is very bright--you can actually see the road ahead of you, as opposed to a light whose function is solely for drivers to see you.

It charges with a mini usb cable, the same one I use for my phone. I charge it about once a week. The battery indicator light is a nice feature.

The only thing that's not great about the light is the velcro that attaches the rear light/battery to the helmet. It has worked fine, but feels jenky. Again, though, I haven't had any problems with it.

5 5

excellent combo light

I bought this light and it is amazingly small. The headlight could fit in a childs closed fist. The taillight has a built in reflector that is very visible when headlights shine on it. Cars realize your there because of the higher position. The front and rear also have yellow flashing lights. Front light is amazingly bright for it's tiny size.

Review of the LIght and motion Vis 360

Eric at does a nice job showing why the Light & Motion Vis 360 headlight is a great product.

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how about putting this light on my POC full face? doesn't look like it would work

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how about putting this light on my POC full face? doesn't look like it would work

Anyone know how many lumens the 360 degree...

Anyone know how many lumens the 360 degree headlight is?

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this light is rated at 110 lumens for the head light and 4 lumens for the tail light. the 4 lumens for the tail light is about the same as the planet bike super flash just with 4 leds instead of 1. both lights are very visible.

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This tiny light is rated at 110 lumens front and 4 lumens for the rear.