Exposure Lights Toro – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

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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.

A side effect of the added batteries is this light is brighter than the Diablo.  The added amperage of the power supply is able to drive the three LEDs better and extract more brightness.  But the added weight of the batteries makes this inappropriate for helmet use.  This system weights 276 grams complete so it is made for handlebar mounting use.

The Exposure Toro is the leader of the self-contained light phenomenon, along with the smaller Exposure Diablo. It crams three Cree XPG emitters in a tiny housing and packages it in the slickest flashlights you’ve ever seen. It has a nice bar mount but it really shines with its pivoting helmet mount. It provides, the ultimate hassle-free helmet attachment.

With the light output nearly doubling from last year, this is now a great light. And it is completely useable in descents at mid power and it lasts 3:20 on one charge. If you want the ultimate hassle-free and bike light, the Exposure Diablo is a great option. It is only hampered by the short run time but the optional piggyback battery addresses that issue with an extra hour of run time.

Specifications:

  • Price: $400.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 975 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 276 grams
  • Installed Weight: 276 grams
  • Run Time: 3 Hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 66 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: 570 Lumens

Mounting:

Handlebar mounting is done with a quick release mount that works is based on a cleat system like an spd shoe. It snaps on easily and a pin is pulled to release the light. The light can be aimed left to right but this requires tools and is better done in the garage.

The mount itself is is secured with an allen bolt so this system is not quick-release or easily moveable from bike to bike. It is an elegant and secure solution but it not as useable and flexible as many of the much simpler hoop band systems found in Dinotte or Light and Motion.

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