Product Review: Rain-X Latitude Wipers

Are the Rain-X Latitude Wipers as good as the commercials claim?

Rain-X Latitude Wipers. Photo by Adam Wright 2010

There is nothing better than seeing an innovation in a product you thought had no more innovations in it. The windshield wiper is something that probably hasn't seen a real innovation since the 80s Double Wiper, remember those? But Rain-X has developed a wiper that throws away the traditional wiper design of multi-points of pressure by introducing an innovative design that employs an even pressure across the whole wiper.

They do this by having the wiper come curved so when applied to a windshield it conforms to the shape of the glass evenly, since no windshield is perfectly curved or flat. But does it work?

Real World Testing

The design is innovative, the theory of even pressure is impressive, and they look cool, but do the Rain-X Latitude Wipers work better than traditional wipers? That is the real question. Unlike many items you can put on your car that don't have to work, as long as they are cool, the wiper is something that really has to be about function, not coolness. The answer to the question is yes and no. Yes, the wipe quality is very impressive, and they work super well in snow and ice, because there is not the usual framework of traditional wipers that ice can make rigid. But they do have one drawback, the pressure seems to recede at the ends of the wiper, so what you get is a super nice wipe, but a smaller area than a traditional wiper.

The backstroke of the wipe leaves a line of moisture, making a smaller dry area. So, yes the Rain-X latitude Wipers work better than traditional wipers, but they fail to meet up to the complete hype of the design. All in all, I like them better, and I expect that Rain-X will continue improving them, so in a few years this design and others like it will probably replace traditional wipers.