Ayup 2010 bar V4 Adventure System

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Ayup 2010 bar V4 Adventure System – $466.00

Light Price Claimed Lux Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lux per gram Lux per dollar
Ayup 2010 Bar V4 $233 400 3:00 hrs Lithium 58 grams each 82 grams each 155 .22 .15
Ayup 2010 Helmet V4 $233 400 3:00 hrs Lithium 58 grams each 82 grams each 148 .21 .13

Light Meter charts and comparison table available here.

Description:

This is a lightweight race-ready system from Australia. This year, Ayup has  updated their line to make them brighter and to add some nice features to the light. It’s still the lightest system around but they have a new carrying case, helmet mount and tail light options.

Light Head close ups:

Mounting:

The bar mount is nicely center-mounted in front of the stem but it still uses zip ties. The helmet mount features the very slick ‘gecko’ mounting system which is light and secure.

Light Meter Measurements:

Lux measurements were 34 Lux for the wider bar light and 31 Lux for the helmet light

Strengths:

  • ultra light system perfect for racers
  • updated switch and dim modes are a nice addition.
  • slick helmet mount system works very well.
  • excellent charging station and car adapter accessory
  • solid and weatherproof carrying case
  • tail light option and headband are a great addition

Weaknesses:

  • The bar light needs to be wider.
  • The bar light uses zip ties for mounting

Bottom Line:

This racer’s favorite continues to improve. We only wish that the light had a wider beam pattern, now that it is much brighter than before.

Beam Pattern Photos:

Ayup 2010 bar V4 Adventure System Spot

Ayup 2010 bar V4 Adventure System Wide

Ayup 2010 bar V4 Adventure System Spot & Wide

Beam Pattern rollover and side by side comparison page available here.

Value Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.75 out of 5 Stars

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  • Cat-Man-Do says:

    Francois, Impressive review with the Ayup. Can you tell us how far you are standing from the swing set/fence in the Ayup video? I’m trying to get a feel for the throw distance.

  • Dwight says:

    You forgot to mention the ability to independently rotate the lights to stagger or widen the beam. Wouldn’t this alleviate the beam width criticism? Also can use helmet light with onehalf facing forward as a headlight and the other half facing backward as a tail light.

    Waterproof including dunking them in water to wash if needed during or after a ride.

    Your rating I definitely agree with. If I needed a light set these would be on my list.

  • Nickolai Leschov says:

    Francois, thank you for a comprehensive review of the lights!

    Could you please clarify the following:

    1. You name this “2010″ Adventure System, but there’s no mention of 2010 on Ay-Up’s site. Also you say claimed lux is 400, but I see 340 on their site.

    Will “2010″ be shipping in the future? Do you know when?
    Or is it “2010″ what they ship starting this autumn? Strangely, their site is totally not updated to reflect this information. i.e. the year is expicitly mentioned in the “Batteries” section of their online shop, but we only see 2008 and 2009 there.

    2. On their site I can see “Narrow”, “Intermediate” and “Medium” beam width variants. Maybe it’s because I’m not native English speaker, but it sounds a bit confusing; which is wider: “Intermediate” or “Medium”? From the order I infer that “Medium” is the widest. Please clarify which beam width variants exactly have you tested?

    3. Where is the site for Magicshine MJ-808 and where can I buy it? I couldn’t find this. I have found similar-looking lights on DealExtreme, but it wasn’t called exactly like this.

  • Jesse says:

    Hi Francois,

    Outstanding work with reviewing lights. I would like to echo a question from above. I bought the adventure pack of Ayup lights in sept with the High/Low settings but I understood mine to be 340 lumens. When and where does the 400L come from?

  • Chris Bennett says:

    Agree that these are great lights but the company is a pain to deal with (at least if you are not in Australia) and it isn’t worth the hassle. You are better off buying lights from your LBS, or at least ones that you can have a look at locally and make sure you are getting what you need.

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