Lights Shootout Reviews and News


2016+ Lights Shootout: How to pick the right light

LEDs have brought on brighter, more compact lights with a dizzying array of features. Read on to learn more about the essentials for riding and what the best features are for you.

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CandlePower Tech XFlare light review

LED bike lights have become so handy now that we end up using them for all kinds of other purposes. Here is a light from CandlePower Tech uniquely designed for all those other applications.

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Specialized Flux Expert headlight review

The Flux Expert is a great commuter light that can be complemented with a helmet light for trail use. And while not a bang-for-the-buck winner, it is a sleek, high-quality device.

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CatEye Volt 400 review

The CatEye Volt 400 will not wow you with its blazing output or diminutive size relative to its brightness. Rather it will impress you with its day-to-day performance and solid design.

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Review: Blackburn Central 700 Front

Blackburn delivers a self-contained light with a very useable dual beam pattern. It features a GoPro compatible mount too.

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Exposure Lights Diablo Mk.7 review

The Exposure Diablo has been refined over the years as every facet of this light has been improved. Aside from an increase in brightness every year, the light now has an excellent ergonomics, switching, mounts and features.

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Indigo INDIGO5.01 review

The Indigo5.01 is a self-contained light with great lens. But the best part about the light is its fine machining and very big and clean beam pattern.

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Review: Gloworm X2

Gloworm X2 comes up aces once again. Though not a huge improvement from last year, it keeps marching on with a beautiful beam pattern, a well-conceived package and good value.

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Review: Trail LED DS

Already an excellent light year, Trail LED improved their light with 400 more Lumens and an elegant new mount. This is American ingenuity and manufacturing at its best.

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Review: Fenix BC21R

This is a surprising light because of its quality construction and really nicely shaped beam pattern and warm color for only $80. Field-replaceable batteries are a nice bonus.

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Review: ITUO Wiz2 and Wiz1

Great construction, beam patterns and honest output are the highlights of these two lights from ITUO. One delivers two hours of run time and the other keeps going for an impressive three hours.

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Review: Lupine Betty R 15

Lupine Betty came in at 4711 Lumens last year. This year, it clocked in at 4989 forest piercing Lumens. We don’t know how they do it but they keep extracting more light from this little beast.

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Review: Blaze Laserlight

Primarily a commuter light, it’s bright enough to get around on the trail or supplement a bar light. But you may get too distracted playing with the laser in the forest.

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Review: CatEye Volt 800

It’s a good helmet light, very similar to last year’s CatEye Volt 700.

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Review: Knog Blinder ARC 640

Knog from Australia makes a serious effort in lights with a staggering selection. Honest outputs, good beam patterns and the best form factors in the business are some of its virtues with this 640 as their brightest offering.

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Review: Lezyne Power Drive 900XL

Good optics, good price and form factor make this a good purchase as long as the customer is able to access the hidden Overdrive mode from right away.

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Review: Lupine Wilma 7

The Wilma 7 is the ‘practical’ exotic light of the Lupine line. Its incredible brightness is balanced out by light weight and good runtime. The new remote is a very welcome addition.

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Review: CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000

With the highest levels of U.S. craftsmanship, CandlePower Tech delivers a light with a very bright and even beam pattern. The GoPro compatible mounting is a big plus as well.

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Review: Sigma Buster 600

The Buster 600 puts out an honest 600 Lumens in a handy, no frills package for $90. Impressed with this offering from Sigma of Germany.

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Review: DiNotte XML-3

The XML-3 is light at 355 grams, bright at 1573 Lumens yet it does not break the bank at $229.

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Review: Light & Motion Urban 850 Trail

This latest Urban 850 Trail model remains very bright and light. Now the side lights have been turned down to optimize for trail use. GoPro mount compatibility is offered now as well.

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Review: Lupine NEO 2

At 188 grams, it is the ideal helmet light with the battery mounted at the rear of the helmet to provide balance to the light head up front.

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Review: Lezyne Deca Drive 1500XXL

Lezyne made their mark with honest, infinite battery lights. But with the dangers of loose Lithium cells, they are going with sleeker and more compact designs.

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Review: CatEye Volt 1600

The Volt 1600 continues to be one of our favorites as the output bumps up to 1600 Lumens now. Chassis and mount are getting a bit dated now for this much light but this is still a self-contained powerhouse.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina OLED 800

This latest Lumina bumps output to an honest 800 Lumens. It also incorporates an OLED display to make switching through modes very easy. Finding out remaining runtime on any light level is handy as well.

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