Lights Shootout Reviews and News


Baja Designs Strykr SL – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The purpose of the Stryker SL is primarily for helmet mounting as the Stryker II has a huge head.  The Stryker SL is a much smaller, sleeker package with more advanced mounting system.

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Dinotte XML-1 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

So we were surprised to see the tiny XML-1 from Dinotte rated at only 400 lumens. The good news is it measured higher than that at 459 lumens so it is brighter than many 500 and 600 claimed lumen lights today.

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Dinotte XML-3 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

This XML-3 shines on the photos, mtbr lux meter, integrating sphere and most importantly, on the trail. It is a light that could sell for $500 but Dinotte is offering it at $259.

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Lupine Wilma 6 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Lupine Wilma 6 utilizes 4 LEDs working in concert with proprietary lenses to achieve a bright and consistent beam pattern. It up to 2.5 hours with a lumen output of 1500 lumens. This year, to appease all needs, the Wilma comes in three lens configurations:

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Exposure Lights Toro – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Exposure Toro is the big brother of the Diablo as they share the same light head with three Cree XPGs. Unlike the Diablo however, the Toro houses three lithium batteries to power the light for a longer duration. So this has a claimed run time of 3 hours under full power.

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Baja Designs Double Stryk – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Double Stryk is voted by us as the model name to be most likely misspelled in the lights category. It’s hard enough that Striker is spelled Stryker. Now, the dual version of the Stryker is called Stryk.

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Niterider Pro 3000 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

This light used to have 800 lumens. Then it was upgraded to 1200. This year it just catapults to a claimed 3000 lumens. What the heck happened? We knew this design had a little more in it but 3000??

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Exposure Lights Diablo – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Exposure Diablo is the leader of the self-contained light phenomenon. It crams three Cree XPG emitters in a tiny housing and packages it in the slickest flashlights you’ve ever seen.

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Lezyne Power Drive – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Power Drive is a self-contained light that claims 300 lumens. It uses a Cree XPG emitter that is housed in an all aluminum case for heat dissipation. The battery is a standard lithium cell that can be replaced on the trail. The rear of the light unscrews easily much like a traditional flashlight and […]

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Lezyne Super Drive – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Ahh Lezyne… they’re a fairly new company that quickly revolutionized tools and pumps. Early this spring, they held a press camp to announce their entry into the lights arena. At first, I didn’t give it a second look as it seemed like small commuter lights. But the more I looked at them and now that […]

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NiteFlux PMini 12 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Niteflux is a company from Australia that makes high end lights that are a little bit different from the US mold.  We find it very cool to have fresh ideas from all over the world so we’re always excited to see what they have to offer. This year, they were excited about their PMini12. It’s […]

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Princeton Tec Push – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Princeton Tec is an outdoor sports company with a loyal following.  Working with this light, I began to understand their core values. They offer basic, no-frills products that work. They are made with the best materials and construction and they’re expected to perform day in and day out. Such virtues are good for a commuter […]

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Dinotte 400L – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Dinotte 400L consists of a 2 led lights encased side by side in a small aluminum housing. It feels extremely rugged and compact and is surrounded by lots of cooling fins.

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Lupine Wilma TL – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Lupine Wilma TL is the self-contained version of the trusty, sweet-spot light from Lupine. It’s not too small and not too big at the $500-$600 price range.

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Light & Motion Seca 1400 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

A few years ago, this light was called the Seca 700 at 700 lumens. Then it moved to 900 then 1400 more than a year ago.  This year it stays at Seca 1400 at 1400 lumens.  It seems that Light and Motion has focused most of its efforts in their commuter-ready ‘Urban’ series. It’s still […]

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Light & Motion Vis 360 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Vis 360 was designed for the helmet, and is all-in-one commuter light system, and combines a front light, which is connected by a power cord to the rear, which also houses the Lithium-ion polymer (LiPo) battery.

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Niterider Mako 2 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Niterider Mako series is the affordable option for the budget-conscious commuter.  It features AA batteries (included) to keep the price affordable and to allow the user to put fresh batteries any time.

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Niterider Mako 1 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Niterider Mako series is the affordable option for the budget-conscious commuter.  It features AA batteries (included) to keep the price affordable and to allow the user to put fresh batteries any time.  It also features a Cree LED and a reflector like the one found in more expensive lights. This allows the light to control the beam pattern more efficiently.

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Lupine Piko 3 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Lupine Piko 3 will be the #1 selling product form Lupine. It is just functional, flexible and useable. Last year, many customers were introduced to the Lupine brand through the Lupine Piko which delivered 550 claimed lumens at $330.

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Niterider Pro 1500 Race – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Last year, this light was called the Niterider Pro 700 Race and it retailed for $500. This year, with the same form factor and weight, the output is more than doubled to the Niterider Pro 1500 with 1500 lumens of claimed output. And the retail price drops from $500 to $350.

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Niterider Pro 750 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Niterider 750 sits in a middle of a crowded line of lights  with a small lighthead and small battery that provides 1.5 hours of output at a claimed 750 lumens.

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Cateye Nano Shot – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

We love this light. First look at it and it has the best form factor and feel of all the self-contained lights we’ve seen this year. It just feels like quality and it is so small and light at 80 grams. CatEye, based in Japan has come to reaffirm their commitment and leadership in the […]

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Exposure Lights Joystick – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Exposure Joystick seems like the first light that launched Exposure into the US light market. It was small, useable and convenient. It practically launched the ‘flashlight’ bike light category

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Exposure Lights Six Pack – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Six Pack is a stubby, monster flashlight. It packs 6 Cree XPGs in one light head with a self-contained battery. It is an ultimate flashlight. It’s got a big beam pattern with no hot spot and it

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Exposure Lights MaxxD – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The MaxxD is our favorite light from Exposure this year. It sports 4 Cree XPGs and puts out a wide beam pattern rated at 1285 lumens. When used in tandem with a helmet mounted Exposure Diablo

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