Lights Shootout Reviews and News


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: Princeton Tec Push

The Push measured at 199 Lumens with good side lighting, but the use of alkaline batteries in this day and age of rechargeable makes it less desirable.

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Review: Jet Lites F3

Solid construction, heat dissipation and now GoPro compatible mounts are the highlights from this Reno, Nevada company.

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Review: Trail LED DS

These lights are meticulously hand crafted with care. It excels with a wide beam pattern and a runtime and charging time of two hours.

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Review: Knog Blinder Arc 5.5

Knog is a new player in the Mtbr Lights Shootout, but they impressed us with good quality, ergonomics and a nice beam pattern that is brighter than claimed.

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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: Lezyne Mega Drive 1400 Lumen

Brighter than ever, this Lezyne Mega Drive still has a rock-solid output with field replaceable batteries for endless run-time.

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Review: Serfas USL-155

$40 gets you a well-executed light good for commuting, and if you want more, its got bigger siblings that can get you around on the trails.

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Review: Exposure Lights Diablo Mk.6

Mounting, ergonomics and weight continue to be excellent as the ultimate flashlight gets brighter with 1140 measured Lumens.

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Review: CatEye Volt 700

$120 with a measured 773 lumens, 2 hour run time is a winner. Plus it has Cateye quality.

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Review: Light & Motion Seca 2000 Race

It’s a little long in the tooth, but it still has one of the best beam patterns in the business. The Seca 2000 continues to impress with a wide and efficient beam pattern that lights up the trail and the periphery. Check out the riding video with the Seca 2000 in action.

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Review: Sigma Buster 200

To see or to be seen, this $45 light from Sigma actually achieves both. And that is a first at this price point.

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Review: Bontrager Ion 700

Sporting a big beam pattern, the Bontrager Ion 700 delivers with the smallest package and the lowest price in the 700 Lumen category.

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Review: Fenix BC30

This dual-beam self-contained bike light has a good beam pattern and good light color, but the 1800 Lumen claim is a bit disappointing.

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Review: Gloworm XS

This tiny head unit is a monster of a light with 2350 lumens. Good batteries, charging and programability finish off the package.

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Review: Gloworm X1

This light is the ideal helmet light since the light head is so small at 63 grams. And the new GoPro compatible quick release mount is a welcome addition.

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Review: Lumicycle Summit Enduro Pack

It’s a well-sorted light from the UK but it’s not particularly bright or affordable.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina 750

The Lumina 750 evolves the line with more output. Beam pattern, form factor and quality continue to be top-notch.

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Review: NiteRider Pro 2200

At 2317 measured Lumens, this $400 light is actually quite practical for the high-end lights customer.

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Review: Serfas USL-505

This light puts out 484 Lumens for $80 in a new Serfas self-contained unit. It’s a decent light, but the $50 Serfas USL-305 is better.

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Review: Lupine Betty R 14 4500

This light is clearly not for everyone, but if you want the Bugatti Veyron of lights, this light cannon will put out 4700 Lumens.

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Review: NiteRider MiNewt Pro 770 Enduro

It’s not the brightest or the smallest but it does answer the call of the endurance racer with its long run time and decent charging time.

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Review: Light & Motion Taz 1500

The Taz 1500 is all about beam pattern. We’ll even go out on a limb and say it has the best beam pattern of any self-contained bike light.

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Review: Lupine NEO 2

$245 German made light delivers with a huge beam pattern. Ideal as a helmet light, find out what we like about it and how it compares to the Piko 4.

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2015 Lights Shootout: Beam Patterns

A picture is worth a thousand words right? And with bike lights, beam pattern photos tell a very good story. See all the beam pattern photos here.

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