Review: Light & Motion Urban 850 Trail

Ultralight and fast charging

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2016 Lights Shootout

New color is offered for this light and bright light.

New color is offered for this light and bright light (click to enlarge).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

The Lowdown: Light & Motion Urban 850 Trail

Light & Motion continues to march on with its Urban line. Now with 14 models with different outputs and fancy model names, this top model called the 850 Trail continues the tradition of light and bright lights from this company specializing in bike and dive lights.

The new model tunes down the side lighting to make it more compatible with trail use. It also incorporates an optional GoPro mount to take advantage of the wealth of GopPro bar and helmet mounts available today.

Couple this with the Urban’s 2 hour fast charging and you have a light ideally suited for endurance racing, where light weight and fast charging are key.

Stat Box
Claimed Lumens: 850 Lumens Mtbr Lux: 79
Measured Lumens: 810 Lumens Mounted weight: 123 grams
Lumens per $: 4.28 Lumens Category: Headlight
Lumens per gram: 6.27 Lumens Price: $180
Run time on high: 1:30 Hours Rating: 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4 Chilis-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Excellent beam pattern with size and consistency
  • On the expensive side for the category
  • Continues to be one of the lightest in the category
  • Light can get hot and it tunes down output
  • Fast charging with 2 watt USBs
  • No new models in Light and Motion line
  • GoPro mount compatible
    • Tuned down side lighting for trail use

    Full Review: Light & Motion Urban 850 Trail

    A lot of small, good improvements are found here like the GoPro mount and lower side lighting. The light continues to be one of the light and bright lights around with 800 Lumens of output for 120 grams of weight. Thus, it is ideal for minimalist needs, like fast rides or endurance racing.

    Side lights have been tuned down and GoPro compatible mounts are now included.

    Side lights have been tuned down and GoPro compatible mounts are now included (click to enlarge).

    However, we haven’t seen much from the Light & Motion line especially in the trail category. The Urban line continues to be repackaged, with 14 models now with fancy names and different outputs. They all share the same chassis though and just have lower output LEDs in the most of the line.

    Competition is fierce with the Lezyne Power Drive 900XL that is cheaper and brighter, and the NiteRider OLED which has a useful LED display.

    Weight of 123g with mount is one of the lightest in the category.

    Weight of 123g with mount is one of the lightest in the category (click to enlarge).

    This light doesn’t quite match up to 850 Lumen claims, as we could only get 810 Lumens out of it. It also gets hot fairly quickly due to its small heat sinking chassis.

    Light & Motion Urban 850 Trail Beam Pattern

    Beam Pattern Photo

    We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photo was taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. The backyard beam pattern allows you to gauge the throw and the width of the light. Compare all Beam Patterns here »

    Light & Motion Urban 850 Trail Lumen Measurement

    Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

    This light measured 810 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 850 Lumens. The Lumen-hour graph shows how the light performs over the first three minutes of its battery cycle. Compare all Lumen Tests here »

    It’s still a leader in Lumen output per gram charts with its very small chassis. Lumen per dollar though is falling behind the likes of Lezyne and others. It’s still a small and powerful light, but we much prefer the Taz 1500 in the Light & Motion line.

    For more information visit www.lightandmotion.com.

    This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

    Photo Thumbnails (click to enlarge)
    About the author: Francis Cebedo

    The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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