Ay Up V4 Adventure Light Review

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Bottom Line
The Ay Up V4 Adventure lighting kit is a great system, that’s simple, easy to use, functional, with loads of features, and it’s highly synergistic. The Helmet based Gecko mount system is pretty sweet, and is very lightweight, easy to install and use, and I really appreciated that I could split the twin light for a double stacked beam which was ideal for lighting up my viewpoint of the trail. The battery charger is nice and lets you charge two at a time, and the kit comes with a car plug, so there is no need to get extras. The whole system comes in a pod, with everything but the kitchen sink being included, which makes it quite the bargain, since you get two lights, a helmet, handlebar and headband mount and three batteries. I think this is the ideal endurance race system, due to its lightweight and long battery life, and the ease of swapping batteries out.

The Australian Ay Up company makes a great product, that is well made, with excellent features, and the only thing holding it back is the light output, and the lack of an ultra wide beam for the bars. They are releasing a 40% brighter upgrade in January, so I hope to get some testing on the upgraded LED’s?

Strengths

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use switch
  • Rotatable twin lights
  • Gekco helmet mounting system
  • Excellent charging system – car and home
  • Headband
  • Excellent lightweight and long life battery

Weaknesses

  • Handlebar beam pattern needs to be wider
  • Pod lacks carrying handle
  • CREE XLamp XR-E LED’s underpowered
  • Semi-permanent handlebar mounts
  • Lack of extra Velcro pads for Gecko system

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

MSRP: $425

Visit the Ay Up website at http://www.ayup-lights.com/

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Mark Ferris says:

    I have had a set of Ay-ups in various forms for what must be 4 years now. I have 3x lights and a silly amount of batterys and chargers etc. I use the lights on road commuting (country lanes and city), off road MTBing, and with the headband everything from DIY when you need a hands free light, putting the trash out, working in the dark in the garden, and taking my dog out walking in the depths of night. In all the best lights ever! I know they are not the most powerfull but the ease of use and flexibility is ace.

    Off out now to walk the dog (midnight and raining in Surrey) using my Ay-up lights on a headband :-)

    Mark Ferris

  • Paul says:

    Meh. Used to be at teh top and now overpriced and under powered. These suit adventure runners better than riders.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    The current LED’s are under powered, but their new versions are supposed to have a 40% increase (the specs are usually accurate), which moves them up slightly in the ranks, the pricing isn’t that bad when you consider you get an entire kit, you get 3 batteries, 2 lights, 2 mount systems and the headband, etc. Great kit for the adventure racer, and riders that frequent the woods and tight singletrack.

  • Dave, Edinburgh says:

    Underpowered? Has the darkness got darker where you’re riding? :|

    I’ve had Ay-Ups since 2008, they’re still good for 40mph descents on the road with the original batteries. I don’t necessarily think they’re the best, but, well, I can’t go much faster than that anyway!

  • Brian Mullin says:

    It is only in direct comparison to the competition, you get spoiled and expect more from the light output.

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