The Roadgear version has a small built-in LED flashlight, just like the Sears gauge.
The business end of the Roadgear gauge is made from metal and rotates 360 degrees and it also includes a valve stem bleed button on the opposite side.
The shape and size of the gauge can make it slightly difficult to fit on some combinations of tires and valve stems.
If the valve stem is close to the edge of the tire rim on a car, as shown in the photo below, the sides of the gauge can prevent the head from reaching the valve stem in certain situations.
The orientation of the head can also make it somewhat difficult to reach the 90-degree valve stems on the Multistrada.
It can be done, by it may take a bit more twisting and manipulating to get the Roadgear (and Sears) gauge in the correct orientation to seat on the valve stem.
My favorite is still the “original” Roadgear Digital Tire Gauge (review) with its “L” shaped head because the L shape allows the head to fit on every valve stem orientation I’ve tried.
My all-time favorite tire air pressure gauge, or the one I use most often, is an Accutire gauge that for some reason was never reviewed on webBikeWorld. It has a big dial and a hose with a remote head, placed at 45 degrees or so.
I can get that head on any valve stem I’ve tried, on motorcycles, cars, trucks and trailers.
However, it’s nowhere near as portable as the original Roadgear gauge or even the new programmable gauge.
The Roadgear Programmable Digital Tire Pressure Gauge is basically the same as the Sears gauge I reviewed in 2006, with the inclusion of a motorcycle icon replacing the car.
It’s still well made, has a rotating head, a large and backlit LCD and a bonus LED light. The downside is the same: weight, size and cost — this one is now $32.90 (the 2006 price of the Sears gauge was $24.99).
I’ll repeat what I said back then: My favorite portable “pocket” digital tire gauge is the Roadgear Digital Tire Gauge with the 90-degree bent head.
It’s lightweight, small and hasn’t failed me in 4 years. I use it before every ride and it’s always in my pocket during a trip.
From “J.S.” (February 2010): “Having blown through a couple of digital gauges, my only concerns are:
1. No display backlighting. This is no big deal until you check pressure in the dark or poorly lighted area. This probably isn’t an issue if the display is vivid enough (but see #2, next).
2. The design beats many others but isn’t fumble-foolproof (see the opinions of the Accutire version on Amazon) whether dial or digital.
But that can be made easier if the gauge has a “good reading” audible beep for hard-to-reach-and-see situations (once available on a Brookstone version of the Accutire gauge, but no longer). A beeper also reduces the importance of a good backlit display.”
Editor’s Note: The Roadgear gauge shown above does have a lighted display.
From “R.T.” (January 2010): “Just purchased this tire gauge. Easy to use, kinda’ fun…….makes you check your air pressures more often!”