Saturday, November 8, 2014

Noxgear Tracer 360 Review




I ran across another product online and knew immediately that I had to try it.  The Tracer 360+ is an illuminated light vest that can help keep you safe when running or cycling in the dark. It is made by Noxgear, a company based out of Ohio.  All of their products are sewn and assembled in the USA.  Daylight Savings Time is here and it gets dark so early now.  Chances are that unless you run during lunch, you will be running in the dark.  With drivers becoming more distracted by the day with food, being tired, texting, or trying to get the kids to settle down in the back seat, it is important to do everything you can to increase your visibility while running in the dark.

Noxgear has the Tracer 360, Tracer 360+ (which adds reflective shoulder straps), and they have a Kickstarter to raise money for the Spot360 Illuminated Dog Vest (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/noxgear/spot360-illuminated-reflective-and-fluorescent-dog).

The Tracer 360+ is made of a reflective chest strap which is adjustable, comfortable, and does a really good job of holding the vest in place with no bouncing or shifting.

There is the main unit that houses the batteries and is where the fiber optic cables get their light from.  This main unit has a single power button that is easy to use.  Each time you push the button it cycles through the six solid colors or 5 different blinking modes.   

You really have to see it to believe how cool it really is.  To turn the unit off, just hold down the power button for 2 seconds.  The main unit is comfortable and has a soft backing that will not irritate your back.

The Tracer 360+ is powered by 3 AAA batteries and will last for up to 40 hours.  When you turn on the unit, it will blink green two times to let you know the battery level is good, blink yellow two times to let you know you have about one hour left, and blink red if you need to replace the batteries.  I love this feature.  It would be terrible to run out of batteries in the middle of a run on a dark road.

The Tracer 360 is easy to put on and stays in place well.  You simply put the fiber optic cables over your shoulders, buckle the belt, and use two little cord locks to tighten the cables so they don’t slip off your shoulders.

Pros:
Extremely visible
Batteries last for a long time (up to 40 hours)
Lets you know when to replace batteries
Lightweight and comfortable
Good in all weather conditions
Can use over jackets easily

Cons:
I have yet to find one

The Tracer 360 is $59.99, which does not include the reflective shoulder straps.  The Tracer 360+ with the reflective shoulder straps is $62.99.  You can purchase them directly at www.noxgear.com.  This is a wonderful product and I strongly recommend it, not just because it will help to keep you safe, but it is really cool.  The different flashing light combinations make you look like you are from some futuristic movie.  I have read tons of comments about how people are stopped with the Tracer 360 and were asked where they got it. 

Get your Tracer 360 today, you won’t regret it.  With Christmas and Hanukkah right around the corner, it might make the perfect gift for the runner in your life.

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.

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