Whether it’s looking over shoulders or into rearview mirrors mounted on helmet or handlebars, cyclists like to know what’s behind us.
What RearViz says
The RearViz ($32.99 - $46.99), which debuted at Interbike 2013, is a unique arm-mounted convex mirror that pops up. It looks like a big compass watch from a distance and because it is worn on your body, there is no road vibration.
It is weather resistant, adjustable to just about any position and is ergonomically designed to suit all arm sizes.
What I say
RearViz does in fact provide vibration-free wide range rear vision on either side of the body. It is ergonomic and comfortable and after a mile or so of riding I didn’t feel it on my arm.
The swivel feature, however, which allowed me to adjust the mirror, was not as easy as RearViz makes it out to be. I had to put a little muscle into it.
This is both good and bad. Good because once I had set it at the position I wanted, it stayed put, regardless of bumps and uneven pavement. Bad because making adjustments while riding means taking a hand off the handlebars.
Price ranges from $32.99 - $46.99 depending on color and length of armband. If you live in Minneapolis, or any other colder city where you commute all year, make sure you get an armband size that will accommodate the additional bulk of your jacket sleeve and layers underneath. My size small armband worked great until late October.
But the nice thing about RearViz is that you can buy the armband separately and then have two sizes for seasonal riding. The prices of the armbands are relatively inexpensive, ranging from $12.99-$17.99, again, depending on size.
One big annoyance that I found is that each time I put it on, I had to adjust it. This is something I wouldn't have to do if I had a handlebar-mounted mirror. Which I don't. which is why I was happy to test the RearViz!
I think the RearViz is a very high-quality piece of safety equipment from the convex mirror all the way to the armband. There is nothing cheap and cheesy about the RearViz.
It’s still new to the bike market so its practicality and price point vs. standard handlebar-mounted mirrors will be interesting to watch.
Ultimately, you can’t put a price on bike safety and the RearViz is certainly worth consideration.