Ride your motorcycle or bike or walk in the dark with your
Smart Alec? Weave
a 5′ / 1.5 m Glowire electroluminescent wire kit through the webbing loops
on the front face of the Smart Alec and set its
360° glow (very similar to neon) to Constant, Slow Flash, or Fast Flash for
One really important thing: installing or uninstalling the Glowire is easy
and takes only a few moments. We've seen other bags with built-in LED strips or
electroluminescent wire: cool idea, but what happens when those lights reach
their end of life? Though Glowire is a top-quality product, it's unlikely to
last as long as your Smart Alec.
Tom's design choice of allowing you to add or
remove the Glowire with ease ensures not only that you can remove the Glowire on
days or trips you don't anticipate using it, but also that, should it fail, you
can simply get a replacement Glowire instead of having to chuck the entire bag.
Plus, if you tire of one color, it's easy enough to swap it out for another.
Included in the kit: 5′ / 1.5 m of electroluminescent wire in the color
of your choice, connected to a 3-volt driver/power supply. Batteries aren't
usually included in Glowire kits, but we didn't want you to have to run to the
store to pick up batteries before you could even test it, so we've sourced and
included two AA batteries (batteries made in USA).
Installing the Glowire on the Smart Alec
is easy: weave the wire end through
the inside of one side pocket down through the eyelet so the driver ends up
on the inside of that pocket. Continue weaving the wire through the loops on the
front face of the Smart Alec, then tuck the end of the wire neatly through the
eyelet on the other side pocket. That's it — you're done! Your Glowire will run for
over 24 hours on two AA batteries.
Tested in-house by Production Engineer Nik,
who commutes on his motorcycle, and Shipping Lead Scott, who commutes on his bicycle.