Even though I would prefer not to get hit by a car, I still have trouble getting stoked about wearing and using reflective devices. Bike lights break or get stolen, patches only work when other lights are around to bounce off of them, and as sexy as I look in orange neon vests and head lamps, I worry about overwhelming the ladies I cruise by on my monocycle during post-daylight hours with too much sexy all at once. That's why I'm helping fund the HALO, an LED sport safety belt that attaches to my person, illuminates by battery, and burns, strobes, or flashes in 4 neon colors so it looks like a ring of That's pretty F'in dope encircling my gut.
In a way, HALO founder Vincent Ng wanted to create the mullet of belts. But instead of business in the front, party in the back, the HALO is business by day, functioning as an ordinary belt, and party by night, alighting in bright shades of red, blue, green, or pink so wearers can rock on without getting taken out by moving vehicles. Walkers, joggers, cyclists, skateboarders, people changing a flat tire on the side of the road, drunk partiers looking in and around their cars for keys they think they've lost though really caring friends have just taken them away, myriad types of people and activities can benefit from a HALO. And if you're not the belt-donning sort, it is also possible to secure the HALO's QuickSnap release buckle over a messenger bag or backpack's shoulder straps.
HALO LED lighting emits through a custom-designed thermoplastic polyurethane fiber optic, which is housed in the structured nylon belt. Nickel lithium batteries, super light and hidden within the belt approximately 3" from its buckle, supply power to the LEDs, with each set lasting up to 300 hours, depending on HALO flash mode.
The HALO is One Size Fits All, and can accommodate anyone from a women's size 0 to a men's size 38. So I guess that's not truly all, but probably a pretty good estimate of the range of human sizes active enough after dark to use it.
The HALO Kickstarter project runs through August 20, 2012. Early birds who pledge $74 will save a few bucks off the standard Kickstarter belt price, and a few more off the expected post-production retail price of $85. The $74 pledge includes one red HALO belt, a keychain, and your name on HaloBelt.com. A pledge of $80 comes with the HALO belt color of your choice. Additional package deals, ranging in price from $150 to $4,750 are also available during the project's run.