Radar/Laser Detectors Opinions wanted

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Valentine One with some of the optional accessories and Waze as a secondary alert is going to be your winner (and my exact set-up). FWIW, I easily drive 20k miles/year and wouldn’t change anything at that price point.
 

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Considering upgrading my V1 to the Uniden R7 but I want to see the new refresh Valentine is coming out with before deciding. The V1 has paid for itself several times over, even after accounting for a couple of upgrades, in the 20 years I've been using one. I'm guessing their patent on the arrows has run out (see Uniden R7) and now they actually need to innovate to compete rather than just relying on directional information.
 

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Considering upgrading my V1 to the Uniden R7 but I want to see the new refresh Valentine is coming out with before deciding. The V1 has paid for itself several times over, even after accounting for a couple of upgrades, in the 20 years I've been using one. I'm guessing their patent on the arrows has run out (see Uniden R7) and now they actually need to innovate to compete rather than just relying on directional information.
It will likely have GPS. IIRC V1 had the patent on arrows and Escort had the patent on GPS. Both have expired which is good for us. V1 had fallen behind the last decade. So much that I sold my V1 and switched to Escort and the performance was better to be honest. I hope V1 can gain some of that ground back.
 

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Waze is quite accurate. Depends on user participation but I have found it to be pretty spot on. Police sighted, pot hole ahead, car pulled over ahead you name it its there. Occasionally the police moved on and were not there when it alerted me. Waze gives you a bird's eye view miles ahead. Really nice service from the Israeli company.

Waze is especially great for motorcycle riders. Especially so when you consider the challenges of mounting a radar detector. Just to throw that out there.
 

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Considering upgrading my V1 to the Uniden R7 but I want to see the new refresh Valentine is coming out with before deciding. The V1 has paid for itself several times over, even after accounting for a couple of upgrades, in the 20 years I've been using one. I'm guessing their patent on the arrows has run out (see Uniden R7) and now they actually need to innovate to compete rather than just relying on directional information.

Any idea when the refreshed v1 is supposed to be coming out? The existing one has been “out of stock” on their website for months now....


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I personally rock an Escort Max 360. All I need it to do is alert me to LEO sitting off to the side running their in-car radar so I don't happen upon one again in Mexico. LEO using an actual radar/lidar gun is pretty rare around here, but the troopers are good at toggling their radars at the last second while moving, so as not to warn detectors.
 

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I recently went through this, and it largely depends on how you intend to use it. I wanted an all around good detector and chose the Escort Max360. I chose it for its automatic GPS lockout and overall good detection ranges for all bands. I liked the idea of Escorts app as well where hits are reported, but overall found the apps usefulness underwhelming. check out VortexRadar (I think that's the name) on youtube.
 

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Waze is especially great for motorcycle riders. Especially so when you consider the challenges of mounting a radar detector. Just to throw that out there.

Wait, what? How are you using ANY app while riding a motorcycle?
 

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I don't usually speed to the point where state troopers would pull me over on I-95. Keep it 10 over on cruise control and even with dead on laser hits they look for the bigger fish to fry.

I was recently pulled over in Oregon while traveling for work. A state trooper pulled me over for going 9 mph over the limit. I had cruise set to 6 mph over the limit and down a hill the rental truck I was driving crept up to 9 mph over (allegedly)--according to the trooper...he also quickly stated that he 'hit me' a second time and I was going 5 mph over. Keep in mind, I was in his line of sight for all of 5 seconds. He kept asking what my rush was, which I thought was a trick question because I was just cruising. In Atlanta if you're doing 9 mph over, you're impeding traffic! I honestly didn't know how to answer the OR State Trooper's question...
 
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I was recently pulled over in Oregon while traveling for wark. A state trooper pulled me over for going 9 mph over the limit. I had cruise set to 6 mph over the limit and down a hill the rental truck I was driving crept up to 9 mph over (allegedly)--according to the trooper...he also quickly stated that he 'hit me' a second time and I was going 5 mph over. Keep in mind, I was in his line of sight for all of 5 seconds. He kept asking what my rush was, which I thought was a trick question because I was just cruising. In Atlanta if you're doing 9 mph over, you're impeding traffic! I honestly didn't know how to answer the OR State Trooper's question...
I'm not in a hurry sir. I was within the speed limit, and moving with the flow of traffic. My cruise control has been set for miles. If there was a chance I was speeding, it was during a poomt of time in which the cruise control was adjusting itself on a hill.

You're likely still getting a citation, but at least the officer can smile at your attempt.

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