Road ID – Wrist ID Elite
Disclaimer: I received a Wrist ID Elite from Road ID to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review and write race reviews!
Safety. As runners, cyclists, hikers, or walkers we have dedicated items in our gear collection aimed at protecting ourselves. Most of us have some form of high visibility gear in reflective clothing for example. Headlamps for running at night and lights and a helmet for cycling are a must. A considerably sized proportion of any gear and gadget collection is devoted to personal safety. And, almost every piece of gear that we use pursuing our outdoor passions has a safety component.
Who Are You?
Sounds like a bit of a daft question but have you ever considered what might happen if you could not speak for yourself? Sounds a bit dramatic…maybe. In an emergency scenario, hopefully the actions of the first responders are going to save you from a dire situation. But, if you are unable to communicate those medics, rescuers, or complete strangers trying to help are not going to know who to call or be aware of potentially critical medical information.
The solution is simple. And, it’s cool. I really should have got one a long while ago so when I was presented an opportunity to test the Wrist Elite Road ID, I gladly accepted. I do practically all of my running and riding solo so having a simple solution with some basic contact information makes sense. But, even if you normally run or bike with friends, in the event of a worse case scenario are they going to know what to do or who to call?
Road ID is based on a simple premise. A band that is easy to maintain, weatherproof, and can be fully customized. The nameplate can be engraved with key contact and/or medical information. Additionally, there are hundreds of style, color, and design combinations from several different base models. The Road ID website is simple to navigate and product selection and customization is straightforward. There are 6 basic configurations, plus badges and I understand that they are rolling out plates available for Garmin and Fitbit devices for those not interested in getting the band.
In The Box
This is a great company to work with from the order process through delivery. The folks at Road ID seem to know how to have fun and engage with their customers. Check out the email order confirmation!
I have some fantastic news! No…you didn’t win the lottery, but your Road ID order was shipped today (3/20/2017). Per your request, it was shipped via UPS Mail.
So, you live in Washington…
We are not only super excited to have you as a customer, we are amped that you’re in the great state of Washington. We know you are home to many tech giants, but we would like to commend you on something much sweeter — your fruit production! In case you didn’t know, your state produces more apples, cherries, pears, and grapes than any other state! We will think of you everytime we eat a fruit cocktail from now on.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference. Fun attention to detail.
The package arrived as scheduled (along with another funny email validation) and this is what was in the box.
I think Holly was busy – she packed some of the other BibRavePro tester packages the same day! In addition to the band with the faceplate there are several fun badges that can be added. I selected a 26.2 but I am planning on ordering a couple more. There are custom options on the badges available as well.
The band uses a standard watch type clasp and is easy to open and snaps shut. Sizing of the band is done manually by removing the clasp and cutting to the desired length. No special tools or knives are needed. The band cuts smoothly and easily with a pair of scissors. Just make sure to cut it in small sections at a time and try it on as you go until you find your preferred fit. Measure – cut small – fit to size…repeat. You get the idea. The instructions are easy to follow and of course someone has made a YouTube video that shows you how to do it. OK, so I watched the YouTube 🙂
The cool badge and plate slides easily onto the band. Wrap and clasp shut and you are ready to go. For aesthetics, I chose a black band with an electric blue inside color. As I mentioned earlier, the color combos are endless. I also added the text Always Earned Never Quit.
It’s a fun low cost safety gadget. I enjoy a bit of personable customization to my gear and kit and this adds an important safety element. The reality is that we hope it is never used but, in the event that it is needed, it is a simple and effective device. And, it looks cool. Well, I think it does. There is also a Road ID app that provides a subscription based service after a free-trial period. I did not test the app so cannot provide any insight.
I am planning to order a couple more of their items and will be getting bands for my wife and son shortly. Overall, I recommend this product for peace of mind, safety, and overall great value. It’s fun, it looks cool, it’s a great gear accessory…and it’s who you are 🙂
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Can I Get A Discount?
Why, yes you can! Road ID have partnered with BibRave to no only allow the BibRavePros to test this product but to also save you some money on your own Road ID Band.
Use this link http://bit.ly/2ocFWMl to receive a $5 gift card to use towards your purchase of a Road ID product.
I did not receive any financial compensation for this review and all opinions rendered are my own based on my personal testing experience.
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‘Till next time,
Run safe, run strong, run happy!