Pastajet’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

RoadID Wrist ID

I tend to ride and hike by myself almost all of the time, and with age I have worried more about my own fragility and I started to wonder “what happens if I get hurt?” If I get injured for whatever reason, and I needed care, whoever finds me and the first responders and hospital staff needs to know something about me. Who should they contact, what healthcare insurance do I have, do I have any allergies or special medical conditions, etc. Yes, I sometimes tell my Wife where I might be riding, but my specific whereabouts are unknown, and if I am laying on the ground out cold or severely injured , there isn’t much I can personally do about the situation, except maybe use the cellphone or my Spot to get assistance.

RoadID is one of the handful of company that has created a wrist wearable dog tag, which has imprinted personal information about you and a phone number that can be called to ascertain additional details. I tried out each of their Wrist ID models, which are the Sport, Elite and Slim. Each of the versions has an attached metal placard that has 5-6 lines of emergency information laser etched on it. The placard itself comes in two different version versions, the Original and the Interactive. With the Original you get 5-6 lines of text, and you add your name, an emergency phone contact information (name and numbers), and perhaps insurance data, or whatever you consider would be helpful for the emergency responders. The Interactive version contains less personal data, maybe only your name and one contact, but it then gives a RoadId website and phone number to contact which would give the emergency responders a vast array of more detailed data which is accessible via a pin and serial number on the back of the placard. I ended up choosing the Interactive version for my tests. The Interactive requires a yearly $9.99 membership for the service (first year is free), but multiple Wrist ID’s can share the same membership, so an entire family can utilize it.

Wrist ID Sport
The Wrist ID Sport is their original model that uses a web band with a Velcro closure. It is available in three sizes, small, medium-large and extra-large, and comes in six colors and retails for $19.99. It also has two 3M reflective stripes so you can be seen in the dark. This was a comfortable wrist band to wear, and was easy to take on and off. Although it’s waterproof, I always took it off before showering. The placard was nice and large and easy to read, but I found it a pain to take the placard off, which is required to read the pin and serial numbers on the back for the Interactive version.

  • Three Sizes: Small, Medium-Large and Extra-Large
  • Original or Interactive Version
  • 6 colors
  • MSRP: $19.99

Wrist ID Elite
The Wrist ID Elite uses a wide silicone band and watch-style buckle. One size fits all, and it comes in eight colors and retails for $29.99. This one really feels like I was wearing a normal watch, and it weighed a bit more than the other models and felt very solid if a bit clunky in direct comparison. The Elite comes as one long silicone band that you need to cut to length, so make sure you don’t cut too much at one time, since there is no going backwards once the scissors have done their damage. Getting the cut band back under the holding clamp was somewhat difficult, but once it was in it was very secure. I found it tricky to open the watch-style buckle, and more than a few times found it darn annoying. I do have to give it points for looking somewhat dressier and a bit more upscale than the Sport webbing version.

  • Size: One Size Fits All – It’s fully adjustable
  • Original or Interactive Version
  • 8 colors
  • MSRP: $29.99

Wrist ID Slim
The Wrist ID Slim is their latest model, and it’s a simple narrow silicone band, just like any of the sundry wrist bands out there. It’s available in four sizes x-small, small, medium and large, and comes in eight colors and retails for $15.99. Due to its slimmer build, the placard can only fit 5 lines on it, so you need to be a bit more judicious in what you have laser etched. I found this to be very comfortable, light, easy to wear, shower in, etc., and I rarely ever took it off. The font size of the lettering on the placard is a bit smaller than the other Wrist ID’s, but it’s not bad. Most of the time I forgot I was wearing the Slim model, and it felt near invisible, and I only noticed it if the metal placard pinged on something. The replacement bands are pretty cheap at $4.99, so I bought a bunch of extras to change them out as desired, giving me a fun assortment of colors.

  • Four Sizes: X-Small, Small, Medium and Large
  • Original or Interactive Version
  • 8 colors
  • MSRP: $15.99

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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