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Light & Motion Vis 180 Tail Light

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    Be visible from every direction.

    Light & Motion’s Vis 180 Tail Light features amber sidelights to make you visible from a 180 degree range. Not only does the Vis 180 put out a wide swath of light, its 70-lumen output can be seen from far away. The Vis 180 is easily mounted and the built-in ratchet system allows you to position the light for optimal visibility. A rechargeable Li-ion battery pack powers the Vis 180 for 4 hours continuously and 8 hours on the flash setting, and it can be recharged from you computer via the micro USB port.

    • Amber sidelights
    • Visible from 180 degrees
    • 4 to 8 hour run time
    • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack with micro USB port
    • Item #LTM0052

    Tech Specs

    Bulbs
    LED
    Power Source
    rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    Batteries Included
    yes
    Modes
    high, pulse
    Lumens
    70
    Mount
    seatpost
    Claimed Weight
    110 g
    Recommended Use
    cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited

    Tech Specs

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    Best taillight, period.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have had one of these lights since 2011 and used it all winter that season and have ever since. I needed another light for my son, and there wasn't any doubt to which light it would be.
    This light is simply amazing at how well of a job it does for it's overall size. There's not another light of similar size, that will rival it, and if you take your visibility seriously, I encourage you to get this light and don't second guess.
    I am happy to discuss Light & Motion product or any of our other brands.
    Please reach out to me with your questions.

    Excellent visibility and battery life

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've owned this light for three years and use it constantly. There are three features that I really like vs. my other tail lights: 1) Adjustable mounting angle. Depending on the bike I ride, I sometimes mount it on the seat post, sometimes on a seat stay, sometime on a seat bag, etc. Its ability to adjust the mounting angle comes in very handy. 2) Brightness. Hands down the brightest tail light I have ever seen. Great visibility which I appreciate riding in a major city. 3) Excellent battery life. Even after 4 years and hundreds of charges, the battery delivers virtually the same performance as when it was new. The only thing not to like is the price. There are choices available that are 80% as good but 1/3rd the price, no doubt. But if you only buy the best available, this light is it.

    Bright and functional.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The undulating strobe of the yellow side lights and the red main light really brighten up your tail end. I'm not a big fan of the ratchet system it uses, but the rubber strap holds decently tight and it is USB chargeable which is a big plus.

    Ultimately a complete waste of $99

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    There's a lot to like about this light (brightness, amber light option, beautifully lit from the side, microusb rechargeable, long battery life, aesthetics), but what use is it, at all, if the mount isn't durable?



    TWICE, after riding on a little bit of dirt road on my road bike -- nothing insane, the light has broken off completely because the mount at the top snapped off.



    The first time, I write Light and Motion and they actually sent me a new one, gratis! Wise and satisfying.



    (Then the replacement's mount had problems (wouldn't hold its ratchet position... which they again rectified by sending a new mount, gratis -- not as satisfying because it took them so long to ship it, but c'mon, another mount problem?!))



    The second time, it broke off in the same way and I'm not going to bother to get a replacement. It's just going to happen again and I'm going to be riding in the dark, unaware that I no longer have a tail light -- e.g. so much for my safety and the law.



    I think there are other reviews here that chastise the mount design and construction. They're right. It's a joke. Why make a bicycle light with a mount that won't withstand a bit of shock? It's ultimately incompetent and irresponsible. They should rename their company to Light and Inertia. "Our products thrive as long as you are in complete stasis! Get one now!"

    Ultimately a complete waste of $99

    Wow This is Bright!

      Numerous reviews stated how this light not only provides a bright light but that it has a wide beam so it is visible from numerous angles as the name implies. Can't put a price on safety as I do lots of early morning rides, this has not disappointed. High quality build, attachment bracket is unique and allows you to set it at many angles. Incredibly bright, wish it had a bit longer run time, only 6 hours on high, but you can see it clearly behind you, it is bright. There was a defect on my first unit, the button didn't work and the mounting bracket was deformed but second time was the charm and feel this was well worth the price.

      Light & Motion Vis 180 Tail Light

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Really bright - can be seen from long ways. Only negative is it runs out of a charge after 2 rides of 60 miles each. Easy to recharge though.

      Great Light

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      After using cheapy, throw-away lights for some time, I decided to splurge on a new bike light. This sucker will save your life. Super bright. It's built to last and holds a charge for days even with regular use. I cannot recommend this product highly enough.

      Hi ViS!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Tail lights just are no that exciting to buy. They're a must however, both for commuting and any time you find yourself on a training ride that includes more than 0 cars on the road. The selling point of the Vis 180 for me was the "pulsing" function... i have read that impaired drivers are often actually attracted to a sharp, repetitive strobe flash (standard issue on most lights). The softer pulsing of the Vis 180 tail light is supposed to be a better alternative. I can't verify that, but I'll take any edge I can out there.

      The excitement for the light came the first time I happened to notice my reflection in a large window as I rode past. The amber side lights are incredibly bright and :::definitely::: noticeable from the periphery.

      The fastening strap is easy and secure, if not a little long. 3 x as long as it needs to be fro a seat post, but being able to strap it around your ankle may come in handy sometime.

      I liked it so much i bought a 2nd one! Get your red pulse on!

      Chasing Tail ... Lights!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Great bright light. I don't know why it has both an amber and red light but more is better right? Maybe each color works better in a specific light... I like the method of charging. I seem to always have one of the right USP cables handy. I don't know how quickly it charges because I always do it over night. There are two things I have found I don't like about this tail light. 1. The charging port and the on/off button look almost identical and when you are tired or if it is dark and you can't see well it isn't easy to find the on/off button. I've memorized which side of the light is on now but that was annoying for several weeks. 2. Usually when I finish a ride I find the light is not straight as I had placed on the bike. Bouncing around on the roads must jolt it out of place and once in a great while it will have turn off mid ride and I don't know how long I rode along with no tail light.

      "Let There Be Light"!!!

      L&M Taz 1200 & Vis 180 Tail Light, clipped to a 'L' Lezyne seat bag...(bike frame 17.5) works!



      Of course a smaller bag, or no bag, will allow you to clip the light right to the seat post. I just like to travel prepared, and so use the larger seat bag for tools, etc., and a hydration pack for first aid kit, food, extra clothes, or jacket, as needed, etc. Ya, kind of like campcycling! Better to be prepared as best you can, I believe.



      Note the *side lights on both front and back lights; the side lights on the tail light alone a very, very bright...way more than appears in this shot.

      "Let There Be Light"!!!

      Not enough room on your seat post?

      No problem...can be clipped to your seat bag (provided the bag has a tab on the back), like this Lezyne seat bag, which features a 'loop' which you can clip a tail light (or extra reflector). Ditto Osprey hydration packs like Raptor/Raven, for example.

      Not enough room on your seat post?

      "Designed AND Assembled in the USA"!!!

      Outstanding awards, and strict compliances. A true QUALITY company...and imagine...located right here in the US (lets keep some $, and support our work force here at home, when possible)!

      "Designed AND Assembled in the USA"!!!

      Info from L&M VIS 180 box

      Info of Interest listed on box.



      *Notice the 'groves' on the upper corner of the light, the facilitate positioning light perpendicular to the ground when attaching to seat post. The clip ratchets into place in selected grove and 'locks in'.

      Info from L&M VIS 180 box

      NOW U SEE ME!!!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Light does just what it was designed to do: make you visible to cars...even from quite a distance away; and in adverse weather conditions!



      Pity the riders who get stuck riding behind you! Using the low setting will 'help', but it is still incredibly bright; but a tail light should be, right?!



      This thing is built solidly, too...has a little 'heft' to it, but not cumbersome at all; pretty slick-looking actually. Love the versatility, as well: can position to adjust to your attachment needs (whether to the seat post, saddle bag, jersey, or hydration pack).

      Camera really doesn't do it justice as to the lumens this thing blast out! It truly supersedes all others out there.



      Can't recommend it enough...your life is worth it!



      *Also recommend L&M Taz 1200 (when available again). Voted as *best overall beam pattern by mountainbikereview.com...where you can actually view the different lights and their beam patterns, and evaluations...pretty cool.

      Lupine still has the most lumens & best overall tech, if you have about $1K+...go for it! This was more inline with my budget and I have no regrets....would someday love to get the Lupine *Wilma, but until then...

      A lighthouse in the dark

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Sure, this is pricier than your average commuter tail light, but it's worth every penny. I use this when I'm night riding on my mountain bike, since I have to commute about 10 min on the road to get to the trailhead, and when I road ride after work at dusk.

      It truly is visible from both the sides and the back - cars definitely give me more space when the Vis 180 is on my bike because they can see me from further away and have plenty of time to move over.

      The light mount is super simple and fits snuggly on my seatpost. I usually try to recharge it after every 2-3 rides, but I've gone longer without, and have yet to run out of juice during a ride.

      Is the bag clip for this secure?

      Yes, it is. just make sure that you 'ratchet' it down tightly; (the little red button on the side of the light enables the 'arm' to pivot outwards, or totally inwards towards device to accommodate a wide variety of attachment needs; but you must make sure the button 'pops' back out to 'lock' it into place. Also important of course is the type of 'loop', or whatever you are attaching it to must be sturdy and secure; as some seat-bags' loops are flimsy or very large. These are also perfect for the Osprey hydration packs! I mountain/road bike and yet to have this light bounce off, yet!

      Water Resistance? How has this light...

      Water Resistance? How has this light handled getting caught riding in rain/drizzle?



      Thanks :)

      Best Answer

      I have been riding with the Vis 180 most days while commuting since December 2010. It has been incredibly reliable for me in rain and snow. Often times I haven't had fenders on the bike to keep the road spray and mud away and still no issues. The seal for the USB plug port is really well done, much better than anything on a Garmin computer or other supposedly waterproof electronics. I'll bet I can get another 3 years at least out of this, maybe many more. You might actually consider getting the smaller light and motion tail light, since I think this one is sometimes too bright, especially when you have other cycllist's around.

      Does anyone have any experience mounting...

      Does anyone have any experience mounting this to a seat post that is not round and has a pointy trailing edge? The back half of my Dogma seat post resembles a triangle in cross section and the front a half circle. Does it stay in place without rigging up some sort of home made solution? :D

      That is a great question. I have done some homework on your compatibility question. There is a good chance you might have issues depending on the diameter post and not the shape. If the diameter is the issue, you can always clip light to most seat bags that have a loop. . If you have any additional questions or concerns, just email me at dmyers@backcountry.com

      Best Answer

      I get pretty close to maxing out the strap on a 31.6 mm seat post, it only leaves me a couple of loops to work with. You can mount the light on the seat stays as well, just turn it upside down if you want the light perpendicular to the ground. Or like Don said, mount it to a saddle bag with a loop. You can also clip it to a back pack or a jersey pocket (not reccomended). You might also consider the Vis 360. It adds some weight to your helmet, but is a good way to see and be seen. It is easy enough to take off the helmet and store in your jersey pocket when you don't want to use it.

      Jonathan, Light & Motion now (as of 2014) sell an aero adapter for their Vis 180 lights so that they can be fitted to aero seat posts. I don't have an aero bike so I can't comment on its effectiveness, but you might want to check it out if you still have the light and the same bike.

      Sounds great...how are the headlights from...

      Sounds great...how are the headlights from this brand? Any recommendations...don't want to cut corners. Any one hear/had any experience with "Lupine Lighting", if so, how do they compare quality-wise?



      Thanks



      ********UP-DATE******



      For any others having the same query: Check out the "Light Shoot-Out" on *Mountainbike review.com, where they test (and show the actual beams) of most all brands. That said, this tail light, and the L&M Taz headlight were 'voted' best overall beam. While the Lupine Lighting won best tech....but also the most costly, which is why I ended up 'defaulting' to the Vis 180 & Taz 1200 (lots less $ but still high quality!). Check it out:)

      Best Answer

      Light and Motion is the company that I turn to every time I need lights. Admittedly, they are a little pricey... but as we all know, "you get what you pay for."I have been using my"Light and Motion URBAN300" for commuting, and it is perfect in every way. There are brighter and more expensive lights out there, but the 300 was able to satisfy all of my requirements at a lower price: It is bright and visible, easy to use, rechargeable, and casts a beam that lights up the road surface. I am not certain if all Light and Motion headlamps operate the same, but my 300 has four brightness settings, one strobe (always gets noticed). It also has the same side LEDs as the 180 taillight for added visibility. Plus, it came with a helmet mount, although I prefer to mount it directly to my handlebars.



      Can't comment on "Lupine Lighting," I have never used any of those products. What I can recommend is that you should choose a lamp with a rating of at least 150 lumens and some form of side illumination. Good luck, and stay safe!

      Light and Motion is the company that I turn to every time I need lights. Admittedly, they are a little pricey... but as we all know, "you get what you pay for."I have been using my"Light and Motion URBAN300" for commuting, and it is perfect in every way. There are brighter and more expensive lights out there, but the 300 was able to satisfy all of my requirements at a lower price: It is bright and visible, easy to use, rechargeable, and casts a beam that lights up the road surface. I am not certain if all Light and Motion headlamps operate the same, but my 300 has four brightness settings, one strobe (always gets noticed). It also has the same side LEDs as the 180 taillight for added visibility. Plus, it came with a helmet mount, although I prefer to mount it directly to my handlebars.

Can't comment on "Lupine Lighting," I have never used any of those products. What I can recommend is that you should choose a lamp with a rating of at least 150 lumens and some form of side illumination. Good luck, and stay safe!

      Debbie,



      OK, so you're going to get two answers for evaluation, and for mine, I will say that I've never used any L&M light (I came across your inquiry while looking at an L&M taillight).

      I have a Lupine Wilma which is accurately rated at 2800 lumens. Yes, 2800!!! At its highest setting (I have four settings programmed in, each significantly brighter than the last, with the fourth setting being full-on). I'll just say that I have no problem seeing ANYTHING on the road, even if I'm descending at 45+ mph. Was it expensive? Yes, but one crash would make what I paid inconsequential (and I know first hand - $25K later after a (daytime) accident of mine, and a subsequent collarbone surgery, a Lupine is a drop in the bucket... thankfully, I have insurance which covered 80%).

      I also commute in Southern California (south Orange County), so being seen by the many motorists I encounter is a high-priority... I've had drivers in front of me "flash" me with their high-beams because they're getting hit with so much light.

      Crazy thing is the Wilma is not Lupine's brightest - that goes to the Betty (got to love their names) which comes in at 3600 lumens. Yikes.

      Now back to checking out L&M taillights here on the wonderful Competitive Cyclist (kudos to them for allowing the posting of info about stuff they don't sell... they're a great company). I hope my input helps you, and others.

      Bob

      That's great, and was my first choice, as well! Would be great if Comp.cyclist/Backcountry would offer this awesome brand. It's insane what some (many) cyclist use for night riding...you scarcely can see them, and I highly doubt they can 'see' very much, as well (not to mention the lack of reflective elements to help with visibility)...just not worth cutting corners to save some $, and possibly lose their life!

      How long should it take the light to be...

      How long should it take the light to be fully charged?

      Mine takes anywhere from 2-3 hours, depending upon the status of the battery. You may already know this, but it has a little LED charge status light on the underside of the unit. It will change from red to green as it charges. Red indicates low charge, blinking green indicates partially charged, solid green indicates fully charged. Once it is fully charged, it lasts for weeks, as long as you remember to shut if off when you hop off the bike ;)