"I've lost track of how many of these I've bought over the years: one lives in my mtb pack, one in my commuting panniers, same for my partners panniers, for friends who keep trying to borrow mine, etc...
I still have the original one purchased about 10yrs ago and it's still going strong. I've never seen any need to move to a different tool as it has always done the job whenever it was called upon.
It contains everything I have ever needed*, it's easy to use, well designed and robust (after 10yrs of abuse of the original one it's still going strong).
* - In addition to this I do carry a small pair of pliers (with wire cutter) and some duck tape to deal with the get-me-home-with-a-bodge situations.
Unlike other reviewers I've not broken my tyre levers, though would agree that they do perhaps feel a little flimsy. Perfectly fine for the tyres I've used them with but could see them failing with tight fitting ones. In which case I'd agree that a separate set would need to be carried.
My only real criticism would be that they only seem to come in black these days; my original is red and is much easier to find on a night ride or in the bottom of the panniers."
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Comfortable, High Quality, Rugged, Versatile
"I've got a tatty old road bike for commuting to work. The brakes on ite were shocking but I didn't want to spend too much on upgrading. When I came across these I ran out of excuses not to upgrade and ordered set.
Initial impressions on arrival were positive. No box / packaging / instructions but I'd rather than than skimp somewhere on constructions. The brakes themselves seems slick, smooth and well engineered.
They didn't quite fit the old frame but with a bit of ingenuity and combining parts from the existing brakes they made it on.
They are a massive improvement on what was originally on the bike, though still a long way off the Avid Juicy's on the MTB. I certainly wouldn't like to be hammering downhill with only these to rely on, but for plodding too / from work they are fine. For the price (and what I will be using them for) I am more than happy, but as an serious upgrade option I'd recommend looking elsewhere."
"I use a HOPE HID as my main light when night riding and so was just looking for something to get me to the start of the trails (to lengthen the HIDs battery life) and to stop blinding car drivers while leaving town.
Initially I was thinking of getting a set of cheap commuter lights but soon realised that they would be of little use as I left the streetlights behind. The Vision 1 seemed to have good reviews and was a reasonable price so I decided to make the investment.
All I can say is that I'm certainly glad I did! This little light is amazing. It's far brighter than I expected and in fact gives a much wider spread of light than the HID. So much so, I've been using this in preference to the HID on the hill climbs / easier trail sections.
I can't comment on battery life as I've not pushed it till the end yet, but for a good 2hr ride the rechargeables seem fine.
It's probably not as suitable for commuting through town as other lights, with the lack of side spread / visibility, but once you hit the country lanes / backstreets it's far better than previous commuter lights I've used.
The quick release handlebar mount feels very secure and the light hasn't budged at all during jumps, drop-offs and general down hill abuse. I've not used the helmet mount as yet but suspect it would feel quite weighty as the batteries are contained within the light.
For the price it's a great little unit, ideal for dark street commuting and simple single-track. It probably lacks overall depth penetration for serious off-road riding, though that may just be because I'm comparing it to a light which cost 4x as much!"