Words by Katherine Moore
To the unknowing eye, the ICON from See.Sense looks to be just another rear light; an essential item for any cyclist. So why the hefty price tag? Turns out there’s a lot more to the Icon than simply blinking red.
Northern Irish business See.Sense was established to address the issue of visibility of cyclists on our roads, starting with a Kickstarter appeal in 2013. After designing and manufacturing their first generation intelligent bike light, the more recent ICON was released in 2016. We’ve put this rear light to the test to see whether it’s really as clever as they claim.
Let’s start simple. The ICON is a rather chunky bit of kit at 6.5cm x 3.5cm x 2.5cm, but only weighs 64g including the elastic rubber mount. A large rubber plug on the reverse seals the charging port and provides a curved edge for mounting on your seat post.
Out of the box, it is supplied with a micro USB cable for charging, plus three different rubber mounts for you to choose the most suitable for your steed. Rated IP67, it can withstand being submerged underwater up to 1 metre deep for 30 minutes. Suitable for our British weather, I think.