The new Niterider Sentinel is a 2watt/30 Lumen tail light with all the usual blinky functions you’d want to help people see you from behind. The bonus feature is the laser emitter on the bottom that creates a long, wide virtual bike lane around you, encouraging drivers to give you your space.
Retail is just $49.99. Because of the lasers, it’s regulated by the FDA and DOT, and you won’t want to aim it at your eyes. It’s USB rechargeable with run times up to 36 hours. See how the lane markers blink into existence after the break…
The lane lines blink, they’re not steady, which makes them even more noticeable. The lines here were sharp and very bright even on a color matched red carpet in a very bright tradeshow hall. We imagine they’ll really pop out at night on the street.
Across the rest of the range, their Lumina gets slight lumen bumps, but they say battery technology isn’t advancing as rapidly as the LED bulb tech, so the rest of the line is virtually unchanged. For mountain bikers, the Pro models get a new extra-low setting that give them a 12 hour run time.