See.Sense Icon Rear Light Reviewed

Cyclist’s need to be seen! There is nothing better than the See.Sense Icon Rear Light to light your way

When I started cycling I genuinely thought it was a fad, something I would do for a month or two then sell the bike and move onto something else.  Six years later, and now with a few bikes I find myself loving the sport more and more.  I am constantly looking for the best bits of kit that will help me enjoy my riding.

Back when I started out I was content to buy and use cheaper less reliable equipment, this was due to my lack of experience and the belief that if it did the job, well or not, it would do.  As I have progressed with the sport it has become apparent that this is not the case.  There are a few things that you can get away with scrimping on, safety is not one of them.  Making sure that you are visible to both pedestrians and other road users is paramount, for your safety as well as theirs.

Being visible isn’t just ensuring you have hi-vis clothing, your lighting needs to be reliable and robust.  In the past I have had lights that ranged in cost from £1 to £20, they were always battery powered and could also be considered disposable.  It’s a false economy!
When looking for a bicycle light look for a rechargeable model, yes they are more expensive generally but will save you money in the long term.  The only downside I have found with a rechargeable light is forgetting to charge it!
Second, make sure the light is robust and well made.  People say that you pay a price for quality, this is true for lighting as with the rechargeable aspect if you want quality you have to pay a little bit more.
Over the past month I have been trying out the See.Sense Icon Rear light, not only does it fit the two main criteria you should look for, it comes with a couple of features that make it a must have.
See.Sense is a Northern Ireland based business Co-founded by CEO’s Phillip and Irene McAleese in 2013 when the See.Sense intelligent light was successfully launched on Kickstarter.  The See.Sense intelligent light was conceived after a cycling accident Phillip was involved in.  Growing tired of drivers saying, ‘Sorry mate I didn’t see you’, he set about using his skills in electronic and software design create a bicycle light that used sensor technology to improve his visibility to cars.
Phillip and Irene McAleese
As standard the icon features 190 lumen’s twin CREE LEDs with either a constant or blink mode, the battery when fully charged gives up to 15hrs run time.  It comes in at just under 64 grams and can be mounted in various positions using the rubber adjustable straps supplied.  What gives the Icon its standout appeal are the additional features available by pairing the light with your smart-phone.
You begin by charging the Icon fully, a Green LED advises when charging is complete.  Whilst charging download the See.Sense app from the app store, both Android and Apple versions are available.  As the light powers up and you pair your device, you will probably be notified that the firmware will be updated.  This happens automatically and then your ready.
The first feature that needs mentioning is the Intelligent sensing, billed as currently being the ONLY bike light in the world that can react by flashing brighter and faster at roundabouts, road-junctions, approaching car headlights at night and daylight visible with twin CREE LEDs. The See.Sense ICON uses advanced sensor technology to monitor road surfaces, brightness of surrounding light and bike orientation and speed to determine the light brightness and intensity.  This can also be changed via the app manually.
These sensors along with the app give the See.Sense an edge over its competitors with a couple of more outstanding features.
I like to stop and have a coffee on my Saturday and Sunday rides, I do chain up my bike but for that bit more security the See.Sense steps in.  Linked via Bluetooth and having a range of 100m if the bike is dormant and suddenly moved the light sends your phone an alert to let you know.

 

Fortunately I have not had to use the next safety feature yet. In the app you have the ability to set up contact details of your next of kin.  You enter their number and save it, in the event of an accident your See.Sense via your mobile will send an alert to your nominated contact of your exact location. It will send them a text with a message saying “I have had a crash, my location is [longitude/latitude]”, giving you and your loved one some peace of mind.  You also have the chance to send a text follow on saying that you are ok.

With all the features the most amazing thing about the See.Sense Icon is the price, there are other lights on the market that you can get in the price range but none offer the features of the See.Sense.  The light is available direct from See.Sense and a host of suppliers such as Chain Reaction with prices ranging from £59 to £79.  Shop around as there are some bundle offers on including the See.Sense front light.
In the box you get the Icon rear Light two securing straps, a frame mount and the charger lead.
During testing, the light performed exceptionally well.  I cant find fault with it and if I were to give points out of ten, which I don’t, this would be an eleven!

 

 

The icon rear light is available through Wheelies here

 

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