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If you're familiar with Cateye's excellent Loop Light then these lights from Nite Ize will look pretty familiar. Nite Ize make the Loop light for Cateye, and this is their version, which is a bit different and just as good.
It uses almost the same internals – a single LED mounted atop two 2106 button cells, where the Cateye uses 2032s – and a very similar enclosure, a two part affair made from translucent plastic. It keeps the weather off the circuits with no fuss and the see-through material gives great peripheral visibility. To operate it you simply press the casing once for steady beam and twice for flashing.
The mounting system is different though. Where the Cateye uses an elastic cord, the Nite Ize has two rubber coated wires which you can twist together to secure the light on, well, pretty much anything. We've had them attached to frames, bars, racks, helmets, saddle rails... it's super simple to get the lights on and off and there's few limits to where they'll go. Once attached they stay put, with the rubberised wires gripping whatever they're twisted onto in vice-like fashion. The two button cells are good for a couple of months of intermittent use and cheap to replace when they do finally die.
The output is very much being seen rather than seeing by, but around town they're bright enough to get you noticed on lit streets and the wide angle of vision means they're ideal for urban riding. As emergency lights go, they're up there with the Loop lights in the top tier.
Well made, simple to fit and versatile emergency lights
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Make and model: Nite Ize Twist Lit front/rear LED light
Size tested: Red/White
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
With a quick turn of the wrist, the versatile, visible Nite Ize TwistLit attaches to anything on wheels, making it easy to spot in every kind of light. Features a long-lasting LED module (one white, one red, to universally signal front and rear wheels) that is encased in specially formed housings, with curved backs that rest snugly against the round surfaces on your bike or scooter. Grooves on each side hold sturdy, flexible rubber Gear Ties in place''with ends to wrap through, over, around, or under the front and rear of bicycle handle bars, seat posts or racks of nearly any size. Twist closed, and you're done. The bright, long-lasting, battery-powered LED is activated with a simple push of a button--white in front illuminates your path and tells people you're heading their way, red clearly marks the rear wheel and signals your orientation to other commuters. Endlessly versatile, secure, and easy to reposition, the TwistLit is perfect for bikes, scooters and jogging strollers as well.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Available in Red and White LED Colors
Glow and Flash Modes
Battery Life: 20 hours Glow / 25 Hours Flash
Includes easily replaceable batteries - 2x CR2016 Lithium
Easy to attach and detach - no tools required!
Includes two 7" Gear Ties to easily grip to nearly any bike surface.
Gear Tie Technology - Tough rubber shell provides excellent grip anywhere on your bicycle, but won't scratch or mark.
Gear Tie Technology - Strong internal wire that holds its shape.
Gear Tie Technology - Quick and easy to securely attach and detach.
Gear Tie Technology - UV resistant – will not be damaged by extended sun exposure.
Weight: 1 oz
Dimensions: 7" x 2.5" x 1"
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 38 Height: 190cm Weight: 98kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.