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 Vision 1 LED Front Light 2012
Vision 1 LED Front Light 2012
This fantastic little light may just be the best addition to your night riding you can make as it a single high powered LED that pushes out 240 lumens on max power!
 
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Posted17 November 2010
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fromTaunton
Country : United Kingdom
Gender : Male
Budget : Value for money
" I commute about 8 miles to work on my bike, mostly along a mixture of B - roads, back lanes and a canal path. I did have a Cateye EL 530 which was ok but not really good enough for the canal path. I dropped the Cateye a couple of months ago and it broke. I wasn’t impressed so I looked for an alternative. The Hope Vision One looked interesting, I wasn't sure if it would be any brighter and I wasn’t happy about the price but I went for it anyway. What an excellent decision that was! It is miles better than the Cateye and has completely changed the way I feel about commuting in the dark. First off, I can see the road ahead very nicely on the 1st setting and if I choose the second setting I start to think I have a car headlight (an old car on dip beam). Its enough to have oncoming traffic dip their beams even before they come round the corner and easily enough for me to dodge the potholes. Every now and then I experiment with settings 3 and 4 but I’ve only really wanted to use them at night in the fog.
Even the bracket the Hope comes on is way better than the Cateye. It’s an over-centre bracket with rubber inserts that really grip so the light holds its position perfectly, although if you want to take the light on and off your bike often this might be a pain as the bracket is attached to the light not the bike.
There are two things you need to know. The first is minor - you will need a small screwdriver and some washing up liquid to try and get the rubber pads into the bracket when you first get the light, I spend ages trying to push them in. The second point I only discovered last night while riding fast in the fog down a hill in the middle of nowhere - when the batteries run low the light will simply cut out without warning. I experimented and found that it happens a few second after you dial in a higher light setting - in my case exactly when I need the most light - On the plus side I was able to carry on in settings 1 and 2 for the rest of the ride home yesterday and both journeys today.
My summary would be definitely buy it for commuting of any kind, but think hard about it for night time off roading - I have found that the Hope Vision 2 has a warning mode before it cuts out - so think about shelling out the extra
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Pros: Great Value, Attractive, Rugged, High Quality, Adjustable, Good Fit, bright
Cons: low battery cut-out
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 Vision 1 LED Front Light 2012
Vision 1 LED Front Light 2012
This fantastic little light may just be the best addition to your night riding you can make as it a single high powered LED that pushes out 240 lumens on max power!
 

Following on from the other question, is this light good enough to light up unlit back roads enough to ride at decent speed?

Yes, it easily lights up back roads in the pitch black. On the flat I am happy to use either setting 1 or 2. Down hills I have been happy with settings 2 or 3
9 years, 10 months ago
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Taunton