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Lights - 2019 thread
10/23/19 at 1:07pm
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Let's start a who's using what light(s) for your night time riding pleasure. 

It's that time of year again, and this year I am thinking I likely need some new lights.  I've reached out to @kbark, but assuming he's not making them anymore or doesn't have anymore, what are everyone's recommendations for the following categories?

1. Internal battery, light enough to mount on your helmet
2. external battery, lumens powerhouse for bars/bike mounted
3. best overall

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Reply #1 - 10/23/19 at 6:16pm
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The industry has finally caught up with/surpassed SL2K. A Bontrager Ion 1300 is $125, light enough that I put it on my helmet, and gets 3 hours on the second brightest setting. Which is more than enough for me. Nightrider is another popular option.
  
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Reply #2 - 10/24/19 at 2:57pm
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My SL2K is still the primary go to light. I don't want to give up the swappable battery arrangement. 

However, I've ordered one of these to supplement:

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Reply #3 - 10/24/19 at 4:01pm
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My usual setup is a Niterider Pro 1200 on my helmet and a Niterider Lumina 750 on my bars.

I prefer having the brighter light on my helmet because my helmet light is primarily for lighting up further down the trail to see the next turn. The bar light only points where the bike is currently pointing, so I aim it down to light up the trail directly (~10-15 ft) in front of the bike. 

I always ride with a camelbak, so the NR pro series lights are perfect for the helmet since the majority of the weight (battery pack) is in my camelbak, meaning less weight on my helmet.

The best part about having a bar light is that the light is coming from a different perspective than your line of sight, which means it casts visible shadows of roots and rocks, which helps immensely in giving depth to the trail surface. With just a helmet light the trail surface tends to look more flat than it really is and you end up smashing into tall rocks and roots and wondering "where the hell did that come from?"

I also have a few Axiom Lazer 600 lights that I keep as backups, or for longer rides. They throw a slightly more focused beam than the Lumina 750, and a more yellow light than the Lumina which seems a little more blue. The best thing about the Axiom 600 is the battery is replaceable on the fly. No tools required. I have a total of 3 lights, and 5 batteries. So for longer rides I can just throw a spare battery in my bag and don't have to worry, I can run the light at the full 600 lumens and swap batteries when needed.
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Reply #4 - 11/03/19 at 12:01am
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collin_i wrote on 10/24/19 at 2:57pm:
My SL2K is still the primary go to light. I don't want to give up the swappable battery arrangement. 

However, I've ordered one of these to supplement:

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That looks awesome.  Just ordered one.
  
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Reply #5 - 11/03/19 at 11:50am
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That Hangover does look good but I'd pause not knowing when all the preorders will get fulfilled before I'd swipe.
Please give us an update when your unit arrives.
  
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SurlyDave wrote on 11/03/19 at 11:50am:
That Hangover does look good but I'd pause not knowing when all the preorders will get fulfilled before I'd swipe.
Please give us an update when your unit arrives.



I'll let yah know.
  
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Reply #7 - 11/12/19 at 2:41am
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I've been wanting lights for years and, thanks to this thread, now have the downhill set from Outbound Lighting on order.  Now, watch Mother Nature keep the trails too wet even longer than she normally does between when I get the light and it has gotten too cold for my lungs.  Ha!
  

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Reply #8 - 12/02/19 at 12:50am
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It got pushed back again.  They are looking to ship all the pre-orders this week or next though.  We will see.
  
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Reply #9 - 12/02/19 at 12:57am
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My light set was on my porch tonight when I got home from having been gone for a few days, and it probably arrived yesterday.  I have only opened the package and zippered storage case.  Everything looks good so far.  I'll put more time into it later.
  

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Reply #10 - 12/02/19 at 1:39pm
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FYI...  The Ultimate Downhill Package by Outbound Lighting is presently discounted from $390 to $335, and I suppose this is for Cyber Monday.

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Reply #11 - 12/04/19 at 1:41am
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The helmet light from Outbound Lighting includes an adhesive type mount, and my helmet's vents don't make for a place the attach the thing.  I reached out to the company tonight and got a prompt response.  They said the following product from GoPro should work well with their light.

GoPro Vented Helmet Strap Mount
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Reply #12 - 12/06/19 at 3:06am
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I rode WWC tonight solo with the new light set from Outbound and am quite happy with it.  This was might first night ride, and it took twenty years.  Ha!  I have no experience with other sets.  There is plenty of ideal light, and it made the trails easy to ride.
  

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Reply #13 - 12/06/19 at 5:01pm
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Glad to hear it. I should be getting my hangover pretty soon. They have been delayed, but they've been humble and transparent about the process all along.
  
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collin_i wrote on 12/06/19 at 5:01pm:
Glad to hear it. I should be getting my hangover pretty soon. They have been delayed, but they've been humble and transparent about the process all along.


This is true. However, December 6 has come and gone again with no tracking update.
  
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Reply #15 - 12/21/19 at 12:24am
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Got my hangover today.  Charging now.
  
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Reply #16 - 12/21/19 at 3:20am
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I rode WWC with the new light set tonight for the second time without having recharged since the first ride.  I am still happy with the lights, and the batteries seem to still have plenty of juice left.  I have been operating the lights in adaptive mode.

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traildog wrote on 12/21/19 at 12:24am:
Got my hangover today. Charging now.


Mine shows up today!
  
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Re: Lights - 2019 thread
Reply #18 - 01/29/20 at 4:16pm
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Reincarnating an old thread just to toss another option into the ring.

I use a Cateye Volt1600 on a helmet mount. Checks all the boxes - bright, lots of modes, long battery life, built like a tank. Downside: takes a while to charge.

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We do a decent amount of night biking back in the mountains. If there's a full moon, we don't usually need lights, or else we all ride off one person's light.

Here's a funny video of a Winter Solstice night ride from a couple years ago. 50 mph gusts up on the ridgeline. That's me at the beginning saying "this is nuts" Smiley

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