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Seen from all angles: CatEye’s new wearable lights

CatEye lights on rider

With the aiming of boosting rider confidence, CatEye has taken on-board findings from traffic accident research and extended its range of wearable products. The Japanese lights and accessories specialist has added three new products to boost cyclist visibility whether training or commuting, on or off road, day or night.

The research, by the Institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis (Japan), found that 78% of accidents involving fatalities and injuries happen during daylight – with 55% of collisions happening at crossings. Acting to counter these worrying statistics, CatEye has created a range that enables cyclists to incorporate lights into every ride. The new products have been specifically designed so cyclists can be clearly seen at different levels, from the back, front and crucially – from the side.

The range can fit onto helmets, backpacks, saddlebags and jersey pockets. CatEye adds that using multiple lights boosts cyclists’ 180 degree visibility. ‘All CatEye products are long-lasting and use high quality components; they are also certified to ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 standards.’

The Duplex
A compact, lightweight, long-life helmet light with built-in taillight offering 100 hours of constant or flashing visibility from the front and back of the light.

Volt400 Duplex
A high power headlight with an integrated tail light designed for helmet use with the rider able to select from different levels of lumens output ranging from 400 to 50 depending on the time of day. The rider will benefit from up to 25 hours of constant or 250 hours of flashing visibility at the rear and three hours of 400 lumens or 150 hours of 50 lumens flashing at the front.

Wearable X
This versatile rear light clips onto backpacks or jersey pockets and offers up to 30 hours of flashing light, making the rider extra visible.

CatEye’s existing range supports the above three new products:

Rapid X2 Kinetic
A movement-sensitive, day and night time light. The Rapid X2 Kinetic is a 50-lumen safety light that mounts on a seatpost. It offers a built-in accelerometer that automatically switches into a constant burst mode when it senses a sudden change in speed.

Loop 2
A bar-end or strap based safety light with variable mounting options including ankle, wrist, backpack or bar end offering 30 hours of constant visibility or 50 hours of flashing.

Koichi Tsuyama, President of CatEye said “We want all riders to feel safe; knowing they can be seen both day and night is of huge importance to us. To achieve this we created an adaptable, light-weight range that can be used on any bike or accessory, there is now no excuse not to go out riding!”

The full CatEye range will be on show at the company’s Eurobike stand (B5-403) from 30 August to 2 September.




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