Today’s post is part of the #ScoopThatPoop campaign hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever. GoMotion provided me a LITEBELT for review. However, to me, free does not equal good so everything I say about it is really how I feel.
The short winter days mean that most of our walks are done early in the morning or late at night when it is dark. That poses a challenge when picking up dog poop. It can be harder to see and there are times I have spent 5 minutes searching (and sniffing…yes, really) around for that sneaky little pile.
I thought the common sense thing to do was bring a flashlight on my walk so I can spot the poop easier. At least it seemed like a good idea until I was holding onto two dog leashes, a flashlight, and trying to open a poop bag while not losing sight of the poopies. That is a little maddening.
So then, like the smart little outdoor camper person I am, I dug out my trusty headlamp. Voila. A hands-free flashlight. I thought I was genius until it was also a pain in the butt. When the strap was loose it would slip down on my forehead and I had to keep pushing it back up. When I tightened the strap, it left this red, welted dent in my forehead. That welt would stick with me for an hour or more too so imagine the embarrassment if I had to go out in public after our walk.
When I was contacted by the PR agency for GoMotion asking me to try their LITEBELT. I thought that was an even better idea than my other two. The LITEBELT is a waist belt with an adjustable 100-lumen LED light mounted on the front. The light beam can be focused or used in flood mode and has three brightness levels.
I love using this belt for our walks in the dark. I can point the adjustable light at the ground and effectively search for poop without having to play the juggling act or coming home with a divit in my forehead.
It’s a real bonus that the belt helps you be seen in the dark so you don’t get run over. In addition to the light in the front, there are reflective straps on the side and two blinking red lights in the back. It also has a built in poop bag holder. Ok. Not really but I slipped a roll of bags on one of the small side pockets and popped one out through the hole for headphone wires (I thought that was pretty genius if I do say so myself. Ha, ha).
Unfortunately, the “poop bag” hole is kind of around the side so I either have to twist around to get them and feel for the perforations in the bag (because I can’t totally see them) or spin the belt a little so it is easier to reach. If I had one of those dedicated poop bag holders, I could hook it onto the belt strap in the front so they were easier to reach. However, I like things bouncing on me as I walk less than contorting my body a little to grab a poop bag so I am going to stick with the headphone-jack dispenser.
So far, this belt has been the brightest idea (punn intended) for seeing and picking up poops on our walks in the dark. I actually look forward to using it. In a way it makes me giggle. I doubt the inventors imagined their product would be really great for picking up dog poop 🙂
- 100 Lumen Cree LED with Fresnel lens offering a bright, lightweight light that is clearer than traditional headlamp lights.
- 3 adjustable light levels that don’t diminish as the battery life fades.
- A ratchet system to angle the light up and down, depending on your activity and needs.
- Spot to flood beam control (Beam distance: spot: 20m – 100m, Flood: 10m – 80m)
- A warning when the batteries are low (run time 8 hrs on high, 18 hrs on medium; 54 hours on low)
- Rear, red flashing tail lights in the battery pack that can be turned off when you don’t need them