5 Reasons You Should Wear a ROADiD

Disclaimer: I received an ROADiD Sidekick & Kids 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, find, and write race reviews.

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According to a 2016 Runner’s World Magazine survey, 56% of American runners prefer to run alone. I’m one of them. It’s not that I don’t like the company — cause I really do! — it’s just easier for me to run alone. I get out of bed, don’t have to drive anywhere, then quickly get back home in time to get my son ready for school and myself ready for work. But running alone has its downfalls, like what if I were to actually fall? If a runner falls while on the run and no one sees it, did it really happen? Um, yeah it really happens and it’s a scary thought. This is why I opted-in as a BibRave Pro to test out the ROADiD Sidekick iD for my Garmin feñix 5S.

Here are my top 5 reasons why you should wear a ROADiD.

1️⃣ ID that’s always on you:

This is a biggie for me. I run with a hydration vest because I love to carry all of my gear with me: phone, sunscreen, whistle, water, fuel, keys, a small hand towel but one thing I rarely ever carry is my identification. IDK exactly why I don’t carry my iD with me but once I started writing this blog post, I figured it out. I don’t like digging into my wallet before each run to pull it out then remember to put it back when I get back. Hence the ease of the Sidekick iD. Since I wear my Garmin watch daily, it’s a no brainer to have a Sidekick iD. My iD is always with me.

2️⃣ Contact info that is easily visible:

I position my ROADiD on the interior of my wrist. That serves two purposes: 1. it’s easily visible to a bystander or EMT or another runner. I had fellow runner ask me about because they noticed it! There is 6 lines of copy you can include on your ROADiD Sidekick iD. That was enough space for me to include my name, year of birth, the city I currently live in, two contact names and phone numbers and my personal mantra. 2. Easily visible to myself so I can read my mantra.

3️⃣ My mantra is always with me:

(^‿^) FIND JOY ALWAYS. this is my mantra and it’s not even running related. Sometimes I forget it (I have WAY too much on my mind) and I know having a visual reminder is best for a visual person like myself. The cool thing about the ROADiD Sidekick iD is that you have 6 lines of copy space. Since I don’t have any medical information to include on my iD, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to write out a mantra. I was happy to know that ROADiD was able to include my kawaii emoji face too!

The Sidekick iD comes with two bungee attachments, so alternate them if one gets too sweaty or wet from a workout or daily life.

The Sidekick iD comes with two bungee attachments, so alternate them if one gets too sweaty or wet from a workout or daily life.

4️⃣ It looks good with my Garmin:

I love it when accessories match. One of the biggest reasons I even opted-in for the ROADiD Sidekick iD is purely a vain one, they had a rose gold option. I’m obsessed with my Garmin feñix 5S. It’s an expensive watch. I rarely ever take it off because it’s so much more than just a running watch, it’s a fashion statement too. So, in order for me to add ANYTHING to my watch, it had to match. I’m pleased that the rose gold Sidekick iD rose gold tones match very well to the Garmin rose gold tones. It’s very pretty. One missed opportunity though is that I wish ROADiD could make the Sidekick for the Garmin and Fitbit to fit more like how it fits on the Apple watch. IE: no bungee adapter. The bungee adds extra bulk. Also, I noticed that the bungee would get soaking wet if I washed my hands too vigorously or during a major sweat sesh run. I recommend alternating between the 2 bungees you get with your Sidekick iD. This ensures that one can dry out while the other holds your id to your wrist.

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5️⃣ Excellent for kids:

I was lucky enough to also test out the Kids iD. I got the Sandcastle color for my son. There was enough room for 5 lines of type which I was able to include his name, year of birth, two contact phone numbers and names and his own personal mantra: Be Awesome Today. He loved it so much that he thought his younger cousin would also like one. I purchased her the same colored band with her own emergency contact info and kept the same mantra. It’s hard for kids to remember phone numbers and not kids carry their own cell phone around. I like how easy it is for a child to point to their Kids iD when alerting an adult on how to reach their emergency contacts.


Get one for yourself

I only opt-in for products that I feel I have a strong connection to, that I believe in and that I trust. I really love ROADiD products. They impressed me with their quality and excellent communication throughout the entire purchasing process. If you’d like to purchase one for yourself, please follow this link for 20% off: https://road.id/BibRave.

I Love The Light Life

Disclaimer: I received an SPIbeams LED Visor to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

The startline was dark at the November 4, 2018 3TV  Phoenix Half Marathon . I came prepared to pace the 2:40 group with my  SPIbeams LED Visor .

The startline was dark at the November 4, 2018 3TV Phoenix Half Marathon. I came prepared to pace the 2:40 group with my SPIbeams LED Visor.

Words I can’t believe I’m saying: I miss the summer. I live in Phoenix, so I must be crazy to utter those words. It’s finally starting to cool off and shorts are being traded for long pants. Yet, I miss the summer. It’s because I miss those pre-5a.m. sunrises. More light means safer and happier running for me. As the fall season starts to progress, the days are getting shorter and morning runs feel like night runs with the sun rising later. I’m more of a daytime runner. When the opportunity came to test the SPIBelt Beams LED Visor, I had to jump on it. I had other tools to keep me safe on the run, but now I could have something to light my way, other than a headlamp. Here are my favorite features of this supercharged visor.


Morning runs now include the  @SPIBELT  Beams LED Visor. Light to brighten the sidewalk & the visor to protect my eyes during sunrise.

Morning runs now include the @SPIBELT Beams LED Visor. Light to brighten the sidewalk & the visor to protect my eyes during sunrise.

Dark to light, still shine bright

The interesting thing about headlamps is that they work well when you start and end your run in the dark. But what if you start your run in the dark and end it in the sun? What do you do with your headlamp? When this was my problem, I left it on my head and then suffered when the sun would rise because I had nothing to protect my eyes. Also, nothing to protect my forehead from sunburn. This is where the SPIbeams LED Visor is brilliant, both in idea and brightness. I can wear my visor at night with the lights turned on. There is a main on/off switch in the sweatband and a quick switch under the brim. As the sun starts to rise, I just turn off the front lights from under the brim. Then I can still keep my visor on to trap sweat and keep the sun out of my eyes. Totally brilliant.


Around mile 11 of the October 13, 2018  Craft Classic Phoenix Half Marathon  where my  Beast Pacing  teammate and I paced the 2:45 group.

Around mile 11 of the October 13, 2018 Craft Classic Phoenix Half Marathon where my Beast Pacing teammate and I paced the 2:45 group.

Race wear, hardly there

Race day is a critical time in that you can’t be bogged down. I hesitate wearing anything extra because I don’t want the weight on me. I wore the SPIbeams LED Visor during two half marathons I paced. Each of them had a pre-dawn arrival time. I didn’t have the capacity to carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp because there wasn’t anywhere to put it when as the sun rose. SPIbeams saved the day again, with the front LED lights that could be easily turned on and off. That’s not the only plus on race day though. During both races, I didn’t notice the visor on my head and it’s because it’s super lightweight. It weighs approximately 2.6oz.


Andrea Heser© 2018

Andrea Heser© 2018

A few of my favorite things

Check out the annotated graphic for my favorite features of the SPIbeams LED Visor. Cool features include: it’s super lightweight, 4 LEDs on the front that shine 128 lumes, 2 red LEDs on the back closure, on/off quick switch under brim, replaceable batteries inside sweatband.  

If you’d ask me what my favorite feature is, I’d tell you the 2 blinky LED lights on the back. To me, that gets a drivers attention.

If you’d ask me what my favorite feature is, I’d tell you the 2 blinky LED lights on the back. To me, that gets a drivers attention.


Interesting observations and conclusions

OMG. Is that…salt?

OMG. Is that…salt?

During two runs and one race, I wore my SPIbeams LED Visor. I took a risk and won. Nothing broke, but it could have. The components of the main on/off switch are not waterproof. Lot’s of water poured down on me and thank goodness nothing happened. The electrical wires could have been damaged. With that being said, I don’t recommend running with this visor in the rain unprotected. Maybe wear it with a waterproof hood covering the sweatband part.

During my last half marathon this past Sunday, I realized the sweatband was covered in my own salt! Yikes! SPIbelt does recommend handwashing with specific instructions on their website. I plan on doing that this weekend.

I’m pleased with my SPIbeams LED Visor and glad it’s keeping me safe on the run and race. SPIbelt is generous and offering a 20% discount on purchases through November 12. Apply code BIBRAVE at checkout. Also, all orders in the U.S. include free shipping.