• Juan J. Arrieta

ROAD iD, a smart, proactive way to be prepared

Updated: Aug 26, 2019

Disclaimer: I received a Road iD Sidekick to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro by going to www.bibrave.com/bibravepro. Find reviews for races of various distances at www.bibrave.com.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been using and wearing a ROAD iD Sidekick. The Sidekick is the latest addition to the ROAD iD line of products; a wrist band with a metal plate that you can personalize with information you feel would be key in case of an emergency. Important data such as names and phone numbers to contact, allergies, blood type, medical conditions, etc. is laser engraved on the plate, which is made out of high-quality stainless steel.

In addition to providing that information on the plate, you can also create an Emergency Online Profile at the ROAD iD webiste in order to store additional information that would be available to first responders 24 hours a day throught either telephone or the internet.

The Sidekick comes with three different faceplate colors you can choose from: slate, graphite, and rose gold, the one I chose. It attaches to smartwatches or fitness devices such as my Garmin Fenix 5 shown here, or others like the Garmin Forerunner, Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Versa, etc.

Basically, if the watch has a strap, you can easily attach the Sidekick to as I show on the video below:

The Sidekick currently retails for $19.99, but you can get a 20% discount on it or on any of the other ROAD iD products over $20 by going to https://road.id/BibRave.

This is actually my second ROAD iD. I’ve had this other one (seen here on my right shoulder) for a few years now, and wear it either on my wrist or on my hydration vest, as shown on this photo:

I began wearing and carrying it some time after joining Team RWB; I first noticed similar ones when other teammates were wearing theirs, so I asked them about it. I not only liked the look; I felt that it was a smart and effective way to be prepared and have important information readily available for anyone trying to help me if I was ever to become unconscious while working out or during a race.

The truth is that we all should wear a ROAD iD whether we are working out or not, as we simply NEVER KNOW when we might be involved in a situation in which that information will be needed and we will just not be able to readily provide it to first responders if they are looking for it. I would much rather have my ROAD iD on me and not need it, than to need it and not have it. I feel so strongly about this that I will now be getting one for my wife as well as for my parents.

In terms of fit, the Sidekick is perfectly comfortable to wear. I have not had any issues whatsoever or anything rubbing off on my skin, whether during any of my runs or workouts, or at any other time for that matter. It simply doesn’t move or shift from the band once it is attached.

An additional, fun, and valuable thing you can do with the ROAD iD is to include both motivational messages on the plate as well as with their badges you can also attach to the bands. With mine, I decided to go with a BELIEVE badge and with the motivational message EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE as a way to help me stay focused in those challenging moments during training and races. Just as it is with the key contacts and medical information, you simply decide on which symbols and messages you connect with and are important to you, your safety, and your goals.

Needless to say, I definitely recommend getting a ROAD iD; I feel they are WELL WORTH their price in the peace of mind and preparation they provide for anyone wearing them.

If you would like to read other reviews on ROAD iD products written by my fellow BibRave Pros, click on any of the following links:






If you have ANY questions about the ROAD iD Sidekick or any of their other products, feel free to reach by commenting here on this post, by emailing me at arrietatexas@gmail.com, or on social at @3dotjuan.

Happy running!

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