Winter Gear Guide: Lights

Next up in our winter gear guide series: lights. The days are getting shorter: its time to toughen up, and face those cold, dark, and sometimes damp, mornings. We have compiled a list of a few of the illumination options available locally, to make sure you can see the road or trail clearly, and keep you rubber side down through the dark times.

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R500- R999
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Giant NUMEN+ HL1 R699


If you are on a budget, and on the hunt for a minimalist bar mounted light, add the NUMEN+ HL1 to your list. With five modes and a power level indicator you won't run out of juice and get caught in the dark.

 

Features

  • 2W headlight with High power Creed LED
  • Modes: High (6hrs)/ Mid (12hrs)/ Flash (30hrs)/ Strobe (30hrs)/ Police Flash (30hrs)
  • Aluminum case
  • Li-ion Rechargeable Battery via Mirco USB
  • Power indicator
Availability: Giant stores

 

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Extreme Lights Core+ Cycle Light R995


The Core+ Cycle Light is a bang for buck offering from Extreme Lights. With a maximum of 750 Lumens, four settings, and a runtime of 40 hours on the low setting, this light has what you need to get started on after dark excursions.

 

Features

  • Cree XP-L, natural white light up to 750 lumens
  • Modes: Boost (3.5 hrs)/ High (10hrs)/ Low (40hrs)/ Pulse (15hrs)
  • 2 Cell 8.4V 2200mAh Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
  • Power indicator
  • O-Ring bar mount fits any size round handlebar
  • Battery Pouch: High-quality stretchable neoprene
  • 12 Month Warranty
Availability: Online

R1000- R1999
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Bontrager Ion 800 R1799


A compact unit offering a maximum shine of 800 Lumens. No frills, or fussing with cables and battery mounts. If a minimalist setup is what you are after the Ion 800 is worth a closer look.

 

Features

  • See with our focused optics and over 270 degrees of visibility
  • 800 lumens via a high-power CREE LED
  • 800LM-1.5hrs, 450LM-3hrs, 200LM-6hrs, night flash-20hrs, day flash 20hrs
  • Fully charges in 6 hours via a sealed Micro USB port
  • Includes 20 degree +/- adjustable Sync bracket that fits bars from 22.2-35.0mm
  • Blendr compatible, secure bar mount available
Availability: learn more here

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Ryder ORION 1500 USB R1385


The ORION 1500 USB offers all the bells and whistles at a competitive price. Four modes, a battery level indicator, a bike mounted battery pack, as well as the option to mount to helmet or handlebars, means that there isn't anything you can't do with this light.

 

Features

  • Compact 1500 lumen rechargeable front light
  • Lightweight li-ion 7200mah rechargeable battery pack
  • USB rechargeable (adaptor cable included)
  • 4 modes: high-medium-low-flashing
  • 3 - 28 hours run time (depending on mode)
  • Battery level indicator
  • Recharging time 7-10 hours
  • Includes rechargeable battery, charger, battery, bike mount, helmet mount and handlebar mount
Availability: learn more here

R2000- R2999
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LEZYNE DECA DRIVE 1500XL R2250


Light, compact and bright. Offering a maximum of 1500 Lumens and six brightness settings, the DECA DRIVE will have your back for trail and tarmac exploration.

 

Features

  • Max lumens: 1500
  • Weight: 247g (without hard mount)
  • Recharge time: 8.5hrs (1A) / 5hrs (2A)
Availability: learn more here

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Extreme Lights Ultimate+ Cycle Light R2995


The top of the range offering from the local guru's at Extreme Lights. Providing a maximum of 3000 Lumens on the highest setting, the Ultimate+ should be up for whatever adventures you have in mind. The wireless bar-mounted remote is a useful addition for switching settings on the fly, and avoiding those awkward, one-handed descents when you need to turn things up a notch.

 

Features

  • 4 Cell 8.4V 6 800mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • XP Quick-release cycle light clamp, suited to all sizes of round bicycle handlebar
  • Wireless Remote
  • Battery Pouch: High-quality stretchable neoprene
  • 12 Month Warranty
  • 2.5 - 40 hours run time (depending on mode)
  • 4 modes: boost - high - low - pulse
  • Max 3000 Lumens
Availability: Online

 




3 Comments

TDKVerbatim, Jun 01 2017 12:25

For me the most important aspect of a light is the beam shape, which always seems to be missing reviews and roundups. The lens should have a specified shape (e.g. bar, oval, spot) and a size/spread, usually in degrees.

solty, Jun 01 2017 08:08

Yup, that and how even the beam is. Bright or dark spots are very distracting when coming down a fast trail. My 5 year old Ryder 'Centauri' is still awesome. The eyes have deteriorated a bit though.

DuPs, Jun 02 2017 08:02

For me the most important aspect of a light is the beam shape, which always seems to be missing reviews and roundups. The lens should have a specified shape (e.g. bar, oval, spot) and a size/spread, usually in degrees.

 

100% correct.  The beam patterns will then influence the brightness etc as well.  The challenge is that there are no set standards, which makes it very difficult to compare apples with apples.