December 5, 2013
It’s a well-made tiny, multi-purpose light. To increase the number of helmets it would fit, providing a strap would have been great.
In the outdoor world Silva is well known for its quality navigation products, so it came as a surprise to me that the Swedish company launched its first head lamp in 1933 – the same time as their first compass. Its clear passion for all that is outdoors shows in the Trail Speed Elite.
One feature that stood out is that this unit is incredibly light weight: 62g in all. The quoted 660 lumens are provided by two LEDs mounted in a small, neat aluminium body. Output isn’t record breaking, but when I’m night riding I like to light up the trail with both a bar mounted light and a helmet mounted unit for reading and following the trail ahead, therefore found it provided plenty of output for my needs.
A large button on the side can be operated with gloves on. It switches between three modes (high, medium and low), as well as on and off. The external rechargeable battery sits in a smart pocket with a velcro-style strap. I managed to strap the battery to the back of one helmet but not the other, so check it fits your lid. The head unit and battery are connected by a coiled lead, which tidies everything up nicely, but was a little tight if the battery was in a backpack.
Silva only provide one stick-on helmet mount. It has a slot on either side for you to attach with a strap, although no strap is provided. I did find a strap that worked well and held the light nice and tight.
Overall: It’s a well-made tiny, multi-purpose light. To increase the number of helmets it would fit, providing a strap would have been great.