Light & Motion Vis 180 Lights

5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $99.95


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Product Description

Nearly 3/4 of all crashes between bikes and cars occur at intersections, and not surprisingly most of those occur in the evening hours when the light is fading and everyone is tired and trying to get home after a long day. Often enough, motorists simply drive right into cyclists. Light and Motion...
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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by frank a Racer

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2013

Strengths:    Bright

Weaknesses:    NONE!

Bottom Line:   
This light retails at a tad under $100, there isn't a light on the market till you get over $150 dollars that will remotely keep up with it. The best way to describe this light in it's intensity is like looking at an emergency roadside flare! It can be seen on the brightest day for at least a mile. What I did find odd about this light is that the steady mode is actually a bit brighter than high pulse at pulse peak. I bought several contenders when I got this light to take home test and return the losers, plus compared it my current taillights, and I also compared my L&M Vis 180 to a friends light from a competitor the L&M Vis 180 was a overwhelmingly the clear winner. The L&M also excelled in side visibility against all the other lights.

The mounting system is well made, it can be strapped to a seat post, rear stay, or the seat tube, or it can be clipped on to a seat bag if the bag has a light tab. I clipped mine onto the seat bag and gave it several hard tugs and it will not come off unlike a competitor that I have because it fell off of someone elses bike and I found it.

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Favorite Trail:   Roadie

Duration Product Used:   1 week

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   Bike Depot

Similar Products Used:   Cateye LD600 (own); Cateye LD1100 (returned to store); Planet Bike Turbo SuperFlash (own); Blackburn Mars 4 (own); and the Serfas Shield (returned to store). Compared the L&M Vis 180 to my friends Magicshine taillight.

You can get it cheaper online than what I paid for it but I wanted fast return in case I didn't buy it like I did with the other two.


Bike Setup:   Road Bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pktrain a Racer from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2011

Strengths:    Bright, smartly designed, well-made/quality, good functionality/ease of use

Weaknesses:    Charging mechanism, long length is hard/impossible to fit if there is too little exposed seatpost

Bottom Line:   
For the price, quality, brightness, and design, I believe this is easily the best bicycle tail light currently available. It's not perfect, however, as it is quite long vertically which caused me to raise my seatpost 1/2 cm to get it to fit on my road bike. Also, I just don't understand USB charging let alone having USB charging as the only charging option. Nonetheless, I feel considerably safer riding at night with this light and can notice drivers giving me a little extra room. Great light!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $85.00

Similar Products Used:   Niterider, Cateye, Knog, etc. blinkies


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by marzocchiz2 a Cross Country Rider from San Fran, CA USA

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2011

Strengths:    Bright!

Weaknesses:    charging

Bottom Line:   
This thing is bright! It actually lights up the ground behind me while riding. Cars usually take a wider pass, there's still the idiots that drive as close as they can as they pass. I had one driver pull up next to me at a red light and thank me for being so lit up. I see (at the last possible second) too many bikers in SF in the heavy fog with no lights or reflectors and wearing dark cloths. Come on people, think! If you can't see more than 2 street lights in the fog how do you expect anyone to see you? My one problem with the light is how often it needs to be charged. I think I might have changed the batteries once in my superflash in over a year of using it, the Vis180 needs to bee charged at least once a week for the amount of riding I do. This is a great tail light and the safety it provides is worth the price and hassle of charging.

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Favorite Trail:   dirty

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Sports Basement

Similar Products Used:   superflash, other blinkies

Bike Setup:   kona lava dome with road gearing

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dmcneely a Weekend Warrior from Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2011

Strengths:    This is the best light on the market for any cyclist riding on the road. Sure, we need bright headlights to see where we are going, but more important for both day and night use, we need to make sure that cars see us and they are always driving faster and approaching from behind.

This light produces light both out the back as well as to the side, which is very important to make sure that drivers approaching you from any angle can clearly see the super bright light. When riding home from work, I always hear cars slow down or change lanes to give me more room, exactly what I want.

Battery life is great, I've never run low or out of juice, and the best part is that I can charge the light at work using a standard usb cable hooked up to the computer.

The design is also beautiful as it fits directly behind the seat post for an elegant look that can't be seen from the front, aerodynamic. And it can be angled perfectly perpendicular to the road, locking in place to direct the light straight back. It's also made of metal and feels rugged without being heavy, which should last much better than cheap plastic blinkys.


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Every cyclist riding on the road needs the best rear tail light possible since cars are always passing you from behind. This is the hands down best light to make sure that drivers approaching you from behind or the side will see you.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Outfitters i

Similar Products Used:   other cheap blinky which didn't last too long and wasn't bright enough.

Bike Setup:   Trek 2.3 road bike used for daily commuting to work

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can I reprogram my L&M vis 180 micro?

I wonder if there is some way to program my new light and motion vis180 micro via the usb or some other way. I want to reprogram the flashing to annoying and fast at full power. I tried to find it on the compter while connected via the usb , but its not even listed as a device, looks like its only u ... Read More »

Niteflux Red Zone 4 or VIS 180?

Which is the better light?? Can't decide.....Read More »

Light and Motion Vis 180

Through my own negligence it seems I've thrown away the USB charging cable for my Vis 180. Thought it was just a regular mini USB that I have 10 of and apparently it's not. On their website they say it can be charged off most mini USB connectors or '10 cellphone chargers. Does anyone have any ide ... Read More »

Mounting system on Light & Motion VIS 180

Any experiences with the mounting system on this? Read a few negative reviews about the strap and agle adjuster. Looking for more insight becuase I own a Seca 700 and a Stella think Light and Motions make solid product.Read More »

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