Road ID Wrist ID Sport Review

A while back I posted a news item for the Wrist ID Sport by Road ID, which displays emergency contact information for fitness enthusiasts.  I thought it looked cool and was a great product idea.  At the time, I had been doing quite a bit of outdoor running, so I ordered one and tried it out.

Background

As I mentioned above, back in summer 2010 I had been running outdoors almost every day, sometimes on a paved trail near my home, but mostly on country back roads over my lunch hour at work.   Most of the roads were minimally traveled by motorized traffic, but a few were busier, with car, pickup truck and sometimes larger vehicles.  Occasionally one would fail to slow down, or to slide over to give me some room, and every time that happened it made me think, “What if I got tagged by one of these near-misses?”  On my person I carried my iPhone (which would be password locked) and my work ID badge (to get back into the building), but neither seemed sufficient in an emergency, especially if I wound up lying in a ditch or field alone and unconscious, or worse.  I didn’t really want to carry my wallet or some emergency information card, and a MedicAlert-style bracelet wasn’t really my style.  I wanted something that displayed information that would be vital for getting help to me in an emergency.  About a year prior, I’d seen a Road ID ad in a fitness magazine, so I checked out their website, then ordered their original Wrist ID Sport product.

Ordering Process

The Road ID web site, in addition to being the place where you order your Road ID product, also contains lots of other interesting information like an “our story” section, testimonials from users of Road ID products, an event calendar and sponsorship section.  When ordering any of the ID products at the Road ID site, the process begins with “building your ID.”  The site prompts you through a series of steps to choose the type, color and size of Road ID product you want,  and gather information to personalize your Road ID.  A cool thing here is that as you add or edit information that you want on your bracelet tag, it is displayed on the screen exactly the way it will look when you receive it.

Outside the Package

The shipping package is fairly straightforward, a simple bubble envelope.  However, is it customized with Road ID branding on front and back and it is worth noting that the back of the envelope has a short explanation about why the company was founded.  A nice touch.

Inside the Package

The contents of the bubble-envelope are:

  • Road ID Wrist ID Sport bracelet on cardboard backing
  • Story of Road ID, which includes some customer testimonials
  • Order information sheet
  • Road ID product catalog

The Product

I ordered Road ID’s original product, the Wrist ID Sport, which is $19.99 plus shipping.  I thought it was a pretty fair price when I ordered it, and this was confirmed once I’d received it.  Its design is relatively simple: it is a bracelet with an identification plate and a velcro closure.  It is available in three sizes: Small, Medium-Large and Extra-Large, so that you can find one that is closest to your wrist size and in black, blue, red, yellow, pink and purple colors.  But I have to admit that I was bummed to not find it in green.  I ordered a yellow with the idea that it would provide the highest level of visibility.

The main band is a nylon material that is comfortable against the skin and washable in case you get it full of exercise funk.  There are also two strips of 3M Scotchlite reflective material stitched into band to provide increased visibility in lower light situations.  The stainless steel ID plate has a silver satin finish which hides smudges and reduces glare, and the lettering is laser-engraved so it is sharp and will not wear off.  It has a curved shape so it fits the contour of the wearer’s wrist and is attached to the bracelet via a strip of elastic (see detail below).  Because the ID plate is stainless steel and due to its thickness, it is quite resistant to bending or denting that might occur during normal use.

During the ordering process, the Road ID site gave recommendations for what information to include on the ID plate.  I chose to have my full name, date of birth, city, state and country, my wife’s name and mobile number, my dad’s name and mobile number, my blood type, my drug allergy and that I am Catholic.

Road ID logos are generously placed throughout the product.  The fold-over velcro closure allows it to be adjusted to varying wrist sizes for comfort or wearer preference, and also features a rubber “tab” at the end.

In the image below you can see how the ID plate is attached.  It has two prongs on either end which hold onto a strip of elastic material.  The ID plate is held in place securely, but can be removed easily if the wearer needs to swap ID plates should your information change (replacement plates can be ordered from Road ID).

Actual Use

I ordered a Medium-Large sized Wrist ID Sport and it fits my wrist fine.  I like that it can be adjusted slightly, which allows me to wear it more loosely or tightly depending on my activity or preference.  I also noticed that as long as you don’t wear it sloppy loose, it will stay oriented on your wrist.  Meaning that if you position it with the ID plate outward (or vice versa), it will generally stay put.

I wore the Wrist ID Sport for about a month while exercising, mostly outdoor running.  It performed well, was easy to use and felt quite comfortable on by wrist.  I then wore it non-stop for a period of about two weeks and again it performed well.  One drawback was that it absorbed quite a bit of water in the shower and took a while to dry.

Final Thoughts

The idea behind Road ID’s products is to display important emergency contact information about the wearer to first responders in the event that the wearer is involved in an emergency situation.  In this, it is similar to a MedicAlert bracelet or similar product, but where the MedicAlert products have more of a jewelry style overall, Road ID’s products have been designed for athletes and fitness enthusiasts, and their style reflects that.  The Wrist ID Sport displays important information to emergency responders, is durable, easy to use, affordable and looks sporty.

 

Product Information

Price:$19.99
Manufacturer:Road ID
Pros:
  • + High-quality materials
  • + Easy operation
  • + Durable
Cons:
  • - Limited color availability
Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Outdoor Gear

{ 19 comments… add one }

  • Kevin November 19, 2010, 3:04 pm

    I do a lot of long rides on middle of nowhere B maintenance dirt roads; there’s not a lot of traffic but if something happens having emergency id is important. I ended up getting the wrist id elite (so I could get green!) and the band is pretty comfy- it’s a silicon material like the livestrong bracelets, and is segmented so you can resize it. The id tag is a “C” section that just slides over it, and the clasp is similar to that of a metal watch band. Looks great, and sweat and water haven’t damaged anything yet.

  • Maria November 19, 2010, 6:38 pm

    I’ve had these for my husband and me (the “dog tag” style) and our children (the “wrist” size fits their ankles perfectly!) for years. I’m amazed how my children wear them day in and day out and even ask to wear their “name tags”. I originally bought them for trips and special events – my oldest is autistic and we need something for safety as he couldn’t talk til he was 4 – but they’ve ended up wearing them every day because they like them so much. I think my oldest may even have learned to spell his name from the id! 6 years of long wear on the a kids ankle, and it’s still in great condition, and they will replace it if it completely wears out. The best product, and you should think about them for kids, seniors, exercising, and even just for travelling!

  • Andy Jacobs November 19, 2010, 9:41 pm

    @Kevin – I wanted to start with the original Wrist ID Sport, but I like the style of the Wrist ID Elite, and I’d love to give it a try too.

    @Maria – That’s a great idea. I hadn’t even thought ‘outside the box’ of athletes and fitness freaks. I might have to think about that for my kids!

  • china wholesale November 20, 2010, 1:24 am

    I ended up getting the wrist id elite (so I could get green!) and the band is pretty comfy- it’s a silicon material like the livestrong bracelets, and is segmented so you can resize it. The id tag is a “C” section that just slides over it, and the clasp is similar to that of a metal watch band.That’s a great idea. I hadn’t even thought ‘outside the box’ of athletes and fitness freaks. I might have to think about that for my kids!

  • Michael November 20, 2010, 7:00 am

    I got one for cycling. Great service and remarkably cheap even with shipping to Australia. I like the idea of using them for kids.

    Michael

  • Lonnie L. Jones November 22, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I got one because I cycle on some narrow roads that have occasional moderate to heavy traffic including large trucks, but as a musician as well, I travel those roads late at night. Now that winter is here there’s no telling what kind of weather I could be driving in. I could just as easily have an accident in my vehicle as on my bike. My RoadID will be now going to my performances as well.

  • Geo November 22, 2010, 3:21 pm

    I’ve thought about getting one for my son and actually suggested to the company that they make a kids’ version. My one hesitation is that their name is easily displayed.

    Since we teach kids to avoid strangers I don’t want a stranger to be able to read the child’s name and parent information off the tag and act like they are a family friend. An ID with all of the information on the back would solve that. Hopefully they will adopt something like that. I think a lot of parents would go for one for their kids.

  • Leslie November 22, 2010, 3:49 pm

    I bought one for wilderness horseback riding and I have put it through all types of weather and it looks brand new. I’ve never had the slightest rubbing from it, either – hardly knew it was there. Like some others here, I am considering other uses for it now.

  • Melissa November 22, 2010, 4:20 pm

    I passed out during two road races this summer from a medical condition that still has not been diagnosed. It was comforting to have my Road ID bracelet on. The paramedics knew immediately who I was and how to reach my family.

    This is definitely a must for every outdoor enthusiast. I thought I would never need it and look how wrong I was. It’s peace of mind.

  • Montira November 22, 2010, 5:08 pm

    I took up running earlier in the year, and started reading magazines such as “Runner’s World,” “Women’s Running,” and “Trail Runner”. I found ads for Road ID in each of these magazines, so I decided to check it out. I also started with Wrist ID Sport, which I intended to use during my training runs, gym workouts, and actual races. Eventually, I started wearing my Road ID daily–even for work and church, and any other activity that requires me to leave my house and brave the streets of San Francisco. It’s comforting to know that, if the unthinkable should occur, EMT and/or medical personnel will be able to contact my family and access vital information in a timely manner.

  • Paul November 22, 2010, 6:50 pm

    Over the years, I’ve had the Fixx ID, the original and the elite and all have been great. I like the elite in that personal, medical and contact information can be updated at any time. Also have the Fixx ID’s for the kids just in case. Gives me peace of mind when we’re out and if we were to get separated, our contact info is always with them.

  • Bob Mackenzie December 1, 2010, 4:01 pm

    I previously owned a roadid and to be quite frank, it fell apart. The buckle failed so I bought a SPORTSTAGID which looked similar but its 1000% better. I have worn this now for scuba diving climbing and cycling. The Roadid cannot hold a candle to the Sportstagid. Better yet its made by Canadian eh so the price was lower and with the amercian dollar being stronger (barely) I got a nicer product at a better cost. Their service was prompt and reliable. Take a close look at Sportstagid. They dont make 10 different types, just one decent one that works. Worth checking out.

  • Andy Jacobs December 6, 2010, 11:24 am

    @Bob Mackenzie – Thanks for the feedback on a similar product. FYI, the SportsTagID product looks very similar to The Wrist ID Elite product by Road ID in both materials and design.

  • Audrey McLaughlin March 25, 2011, 6:43 am

    A great upgrade to the Road ID is a newer product called UTag Ice. This is very similar in weight and construction to Road ID, only it holds a micro usb chip that will contain all of your personal ID, medical and contact information and instructions. I highly recommend it. http://www.ice-utag.com is the website.

  • Keith Lockyer March 25, 2011, 11:59 am

    I’ve heard about the Road ID buckle failing from others and that fact that they are often forgotten until after you’re already out there and can’t turn around. I found a much less expensive and more practical Watch ID. It fits on your watch strap which makes it difficult to forget, unless you forget your watch altogether! Here’s the URL: http://www.crosstrainid.com

  • David October 13, 2012, 9:37 pm

    regarding your comment on roadid and sportstagid. The products may look similar but they are completely different. Roadid uses a rubber band material that is thinner and harder while Sportstagid uses their own type of silicone formula much softer and skin friendly. Their engraving is clearer and larger an their clasp is different as is their package, last they have tag less version they call naked id which is lighter and more comfortable. I suggest you look at both before making a stand back call. I like bob own both too and like bob says it really is much better….The sportstagid that is. and it costs less, hard to believe.

  • Andy Jacobs November 20, 2012, 11:15 am

    Thanks for all of the suggestions of similar, alternate products, everyone. As a potential buyer, it’s good to have options.

  • B. Jones November 20, 2012, 4:29 pm

    To Andy
    SportsTagID and Roadid are completely different products. Colours, bands, clasps and even the engraving. SportsTagid has larger offset font for easier reading, the band is softer, the packaging is a tube versus a mint style tin can that Roadid comes in. And SportsTagid cost less, they make bands for all sports not just cycling and running like roadid. Sportstagid is known as sports ids and its they also make medical sports ID and regular medical ID. Both companies are similar but there products are much different.

  • Andy Jacobs November 26, 2012, 11:55 am

    @B. Jones – It would be interesting to do a side-by-side comparison review in order to confirm the similarities and/or differences that you suggest.

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