What are your thoughts on the carrying case for the V-1?
Ironically I find this to be the one area of their product line where function is second to form. The asthetics of the case are top notch, right down to the textured zipper that sports the V-1 logo. The hard case is also encapsulated in an attractive black fabric that once again contains the textured V-1 logo.
I was slightly less impressed with the fabric handle atop the case. It seemed more like an after thought than part of an integrated design concept. Time will tell if the hand full of stitches attaching it to the main body of the case will be sufficient to hold up to the ravages of daily use.
A glance inside reveals what are essentially four sections of storage. Three of these sections are constructed of sturdy mesh webbing. The final section consists of a preformed "padded dock" that protects the front sensor array from scratching.
Curiously, the storage configuration of V-1 components recomended on the packaging of the case are inconsistant with the photo of the case on Valentine's website.
After a playing with a variety of storage options, this reviewer found the instructions on the packaging superior. This is due to the fact that when stored in the upper left quadrant the power adapter will rub against the padded dock, thus creating an unsightly indention.
Despite the many positive design qualities of this case, there remains one unfortunate drawback. The V-1 can not be stored while still attached to the windshield mount. The oversight results in the V-1 having to be reattached to the windshield mount, and readjusted before each use.
While some would argue that this provides the versitility to cary both the windshield and visor mounts, it also adds a considerable amount of prep time to any morning commute.
Overall the V-1 carrying case is a great way to protect your investment in, and insure the longevity of, your radar locator.
Astheticly it is subtle, sleek and classy. (Perhaps Mike and the team are overcompensating for the long endured criticisms regarding the V-1's look.)
Functionally, it could stand to be slightly larger, and the carrying handle could be reengeneered to be stronger. If the V-1 could be stored with the windshild mount already attached, it wold make this reviewer a very happy camper indeed.
Finally, cost. At another $30 this case stays constant with a long time critizism of Valentine products. They ain't free. It wold be nice if the team at Valentine Research saw fit include this case with the purchase of a new V-1.