Ok I've procrastinated a stupid amount of time now looking for new bike lights when I should be studying for imminent exams so I need your help! I need some new lights but I'm struggling to choose between so many that seem to get such great reviews from everyone so here's my requirements and the ones I've been looking at and your thoughts would be appreciated.
I've looked at many posts and reviews now and seem to be going round in circles. Everytime I think, yes that's the one, I flick to another review and am convinced of an alternative, so here's the shortlist.
Smudge/mtbbatteries Lumenator - £122.50
+Helmet mounted.Bright.Great customer service reports. Long run time.
-Doesn't come with a headstrap and don't see one available. Some say the helmet mount is a bit rubbish
Smudge/mtbbatteries V2 XML - £90
+ Plenty bright by most reports. Cheaper. Helmet mount. Unknown run times...
- No headstrap
Gloworm X1 - £132 with 4 cell battery and headstrap
+ Very latest LED Cree XM-L U3. Great user reviews. Light. Head mount. Waterproof. Many light level choices. Long run time
- Maybe not enough flood? £42 more than the Smudge equivalent.
Gloworm X2 - £156 with 4 cell battery and headstrap
Gloworm X2 - Could be perfect but over budget. Looks like I'm a few weeks late as they were on offer before Christmas :o(
Magicshine MJ-872 - £90
+ Many, many happy owners. Wall of light. Cheaper. Comes with helmet mount. Options for 6 cell endurance battery.
- Unsure how suitable for helmet or headstrap use. Some say lacks distance penetration. Reliability issues. Overheating?
Fluxient 4xR5 1600 lumen "Endurance" - £90
+ One or two great reviews on mtbr and torchythebatteryboy. Bloody bright. UK seller and backup. Waterproof. 2 year warranty
- Bar mount only? Weight to fit to a headstrap? Need to source a suitable headstrap
I think that's what I've managed to whittle it down to. Was looking at the Gemini lights too but they are over budget.
So who can help me choose? I think if I'd managed to get a deal on a Gloworm X2 I'd have been as happy as Larry but seem to have missed the boat there and I wonder is it worth the extra over all the other options?! HELP!