I ordered a C&B Seen 1200 lumen light yesterday afternoon and it arrived this morning, pretty quick service indeed but is it any good?, I already own a Exposure Enduro 720 lumen and a Exposure Joystick 240 lumen that are approx 3 yrs old but still hold full charge, the Enduro`lasts 2.5 hrs+ on full power and the Joystick lasts for a similar time so i made sure these were fully discharged before recharging them this afternoon and a few hours ago i headed out into the night for a totally unscientific test.
Results and pics below, all pics were taken on my iphone (told you it was unscientific) and each light was covered up before taking the other pic.
C&B Seen 1200 lumen
Exposure Enduro 720 lumen
C&B Seen 1200 lumen, the end of the fence was approx 100ft away
Exposure Enduro 720 lumen
C&B Seen 1200 lumen, the arch you can just make out is over 150ft away
Exposure Enduro 720 Lumen
I must admit i was rather shocked at how much brighter the C&B Seen light is compared to my Exposure Enduro, to be honest i've been riding with the Enduro/Joystick combo for a couple of years and i've been more than happy with the output for high speed singletrack use and i've never felt underlighted (if that's a word?) but occasionally on high speed singletrack sections such as coming off Talnotry hill @ Kirroughtree more light would obviously be beneficial but i've not been in a position to upgrade nor felt the need to. However the output and beam along with spread of the C&B Seen light has to be seen to be believed (no pun intended), it makes my Enduro look positively inept and as the above pics show the depth of the beam is very powerful - i was out for 3.5hrs t'night and covered over 20 miles round all my local singletrack, sometimes twice/thrice round the same section and i ended up heading round the coastal loop road as i had simply run out of singletrack to ride, the exposure lights both gave up the ghost round about the 2.5hr mark, the C&B Seen light kept going......past the 3hr mark at which point i was hungry n' tired so i gave up and made my way home which took me up to near enough the 3.5 hr mark and i left the light burning as i made an espresso, cleaned the bike, threw my dirty riding kit in the machine for a quick 20min wash, hung my kit up to dry and by this point the C&B light was just starting to die as the green led switch flickered to red and the light dimmed to 40% which indicated 10 mins remaining, it continued to burn for another 15 mins then flickered out.
Over 4hrs of a very useable 1200 lumens from a light that cost £36.00?, my Enduro cost practically 10 x that a few years ago but i'm not peeved about that really as the Enduro has enabled me to get out in the hills and experience some incredible night rides and sights in the Galloway hills so it's been fantastic value imho, but i'll never buy another expensive light like it again, i was considering one of their new Reflex models and new Joystick before i decided yesterday afternoon to take a chance on the C&B as what's £36 really?, perhaps this C&B light will fail prematurely, we'll have to wait and see but i'm perfectly happy with it and for actual singletrack use it is far superior in beam and penetration compared to my enduro, ill buy another battery pack then i can have a permanantly charged spare so i guess the enduro is now relagated to a back-up emergency light just in case.