I have been reading the forums here for about a week and a interesting thing keeps popping up that seems to be a common rumor or idea that just keeps getting repeated, but rarely do I see V1 owners put the hammer down. "The V1 arrows are a marketing gimic!" You people cannot be for real, or don't drive the same kinds of roads that I do.
Some background, I bought my first radar detector back in 1992 as they were illegal to own in the countries I was station in prior years. When I landed stateside I ran off and bought a Whistler without knowing anything about radar detectors. I finally read some reviews in CD and MT and found out that Escort was the best. I purchase my Escort in 1993. As with anything it does take some time to learn how to use your radar detector, and become fluent with this tool. Well time passed, technology was getting better, but sadly my radar detector was falling behind fast. I was hit in 1997 with an instant on attack that my Escort was ill prepared for, and just not up to the job(it had served me well up to that point). I read the reviews about the V1 and bought one in 1997. I also thought the arrows were more of a marketing gimmic, but I was very quickly proven wrong as scenario after scenario played out in my day to day commute and travels.
I can go on and on about the effectiveness of the arrows and senarios that I have found they have saved my bacon. Interstate driving at night is a classic example with very limited visibility and LEO's running speed traps. Wait until you are moving down the road at night and have a trooper sneeking up from behind while 2 wait facing traffic, no lights. The bogie counter is going to tell you how many your dealing with, and those arrows are going to show you which directions they are coming from. I have had this play out several times over the years where I thought I was in the clear, but my V1 was telling me otherwise... I have learned to trust those arrows and that counter and it works very very well. Another detector without these abilities would not have told me what was going on and I would have been toast. Another situation I see frequently is the common interstate drive with a LEO sampling traffic ahead... Yes ahead as my V1 is telling me ahead. I slow down, I see a trooper approaching in the oncoming traffic and pass me... The V1 is telling me the radar is still ahead, not behind me... The trooper I saw wasn't the one targeting traffic and again the V1 tells me what I needed to know. Who knows if I would have gotten enough information in time to avoid the ticket. The V1 tells me what I need to know quickly and there isn't any ambiguity. I keep hearing that LEO's don't come from behind... My drive home from work at night I run into LEO's doing exactly what folks here keep saying doesn't happen... Instant on in traffic, from behind... the troopers are hiding on the "on ramps" and merge in with traffic and then bust them... Of course close to a military installation as they have thier pick of easy targets exceeding the posted limits that are intentionally slow for that purpose. My V1 saved me just the other night on my way home from work as the LEO's were thicker than fleas and using instant on from behind.
The moral of this long winded story is don't believe the garbage that the arrows are a marketing gimic... That "gimic" has saved my bacon many times and because of it I am a V1 believer. I have upgraded my V1 once, and now I am upgrading my V1 again(my detector is at VR as I write this for the POP upgrade). And now even my wife who has been a long time hold out has finally decided she has to have a detector... You know it, I ordered her a new V1 yesterday. When the other guys finally get the dual antenna, front and rear sensitivity, and the detailed information of the bogey counter with the arrows then I will consider another detector. Until then I am a Valentine customer... If your a V1 owner, don't be afraid to speak up when people call the arrows a gimic. I wouldn't take a take a truckload of free X50's for my V1.
For around town I use the big L mode, and for the interstates and highway travel I use the A mode. Most of the excuses I hear against the V1 center around cost. That is perfectly legitimate.... Just say cost is the issue instead of trying to come up with reasons to justify your purchase. Maligning the V1 isn't going to change the facts that the V1 really is that good. There is nothing wrong with the Belscorts, but when it comes to features and value to me the V1 is worth the extra cost, and helps me to preserve my investment.
Take care, drive safe,