Lupine Piko 4

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P1020561The Piko is the latest diminutive head (or bar) lamp from those clever Lupine folks. The Piko 4 here distinguishes itself from the bigger-batteried Piko 7, with suitably smaller run times. The battery is about the size of two matchboxes while the 55g(!) headlamp would probably fit into a matchbox. You get all the usual Lupine quality – such as waterproof cables, a clever charger and a light indicator that flashes the volts to you in a semaphore of blue and red flashes. If you still don’t believe that, then a press on the battery indicator will give you the battery level in 20% increments.

The 1200 lumen lamp itself features two LEDs and a glowing button used to show battery level and to programme it. Programming is very simple to get the hang of and it allows different modes from the regular high/medium/low, through high/low and high/medium/flashing. There’s even an SOS option. The up/down motion on the head unit is governed by two rubber o-rings, which stay put, though you can’t overtighten them (that would not be efficient, ja?) so there’s always a slight danger of it getting knocked.

Battery life on high is around two hours on full, extending to three, five, even 18 hours if you’re running a lower power option. It’ll fully recharge in three hours and even when discharged, will give you a ‘get you home’ emergency battery capacity.

In use the light is quick on and quick off, with quick cycling through your settings. The button can be a little hard to find with bigger gloves on, and it’s possible to knock the light up or down a little when you do it. If using it as an ‘always on’ backup to a bar light, though, this is a moot point.

Overall: A superbly well-made product. Easy to use and programme, and efficient in operation. A fair amount of cash for a backup or second light, but if running it as your sole source, you’ll get on fine.

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Review Info

Brand:Lupine
Product:Piko 4
From:Leveret, leveretproductions.com/lupine
Price:£290.00
Tested:by Chipps for

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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