I got my XTR in the mail just a couple of days ago. Boy do I have a story for you. I was riding down a semi moderate to quiet road. In a 45 mph zone which goes to 55 mph very soon after a couple thousand feet or so. I had the detector mounted ever so slightly below the rear view mirror. All of sudden I get a laser hit and the XTR goes crazy. I mean guys I was like not just far back but like way the h e l l back.
I couldnt even see the officer in sight. I was looking all around for where this officer was. Of course my ears are so tuned to my detector the second I hear anything laser I slam on the break. So i was going 10 over and brought it to 45 mph super quick. During this time I notice the laser indicator goes to full strength. Then he was still targeting me for a few seconds afterwards. About maybe 5 seconds or so. Finally I see the officer way up ahead park way over on the shoulder grass area with a laser gun. The officer look like a total jerk I might add as well. Of course I had time to react to the laser and the officer didnt pull me over. Then he took the laser and targeted the other side of the road as well.
I figured I got to try this a few more times. Well to make a long story short and several passes later. The XTR pick up the laser every single time. With amazing range. I found in my car when I mounted it low that my laser pick up was shorten quite a bit both when I was the only one on the road passing by as well as another car infront of me. The higher mount did a heck of allot better job picking the laser up. I even went as far as taking the RD of the clip and moving the detector up and down with my hand. I finally had to stop passing by the cop because I was worried he might radio ahead to the car chasing them down because I pass by the guy like 8 times.
I was driving in a white car to with no protection or bra. I was gonna veil in the morning but I needed to get my car wash first. I assume the officer had a harder time locking onto me because my car was really dirty and so was my license plate. Anyways a couple of points to think about the XTR does detect laser quite well from the real world test I just had today. Also a higher mount produce a much better result then the lower mount did as far as laser goes. I know controlled test results might show different. But I tried every which way.
I even remounted during the laser hit. Maybe at dead zero hits lower is better but with some distance added higher might be better or from atleast what I saw today. I'm not saying its set in stone one is better then the other. But my results produce a pretty good picture. Of high and low and the XTR and laser.