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The Exposure Six Pack MK12 is the flagship off-road riding light from British illumination experts. Over 5,000 lumens of trail torching.
- Brand: Exposure
- Product: Six Pack MK12
- From: Exposure Lights
- Price: £445.00
- Tested: by Ross for 3 months
With a retina burning (not literally) maximum 5,250 lumens, 2-36hr run times, a 17,000 mAh Li-Ion battery, the Six Pack MK12 is designed to be powerful enough for all sorts of demands. From those (like myself) who just want to ride as if it was daytime; the steepest, nastiest and techiest ‘enduro’ tracks, through to more endurance focused athletes who require run time and illumination flexibility.
The Six Pack MK12 uses six white XPL2(W3) LEDs to generate a maximum of 3,750 constant lumens when run on the maximum standard setting, which gets boosted to 5,250 when run in the Reflex mode.
The Reflex setting uses two internal thermistors, a gyro and an accelerometer to measure speed and gradient and automatically brightens/dims the output accordingly. The idea being to optimise battery capacity and provide extra light when needed.
Essentially, brighter for fast and/or rough stuff, and dimmer for slower and/ore smooth stuff.
The Exposure Six Pack MK12 also features ITM technology which is patented circuitry that will reduce the power to the LED’s if the light goes above the optimum temperature to keep the light efficient and optimise run time. Once cooled it will restore power.
The body of the light is made from anodised 6063 aluminium. On the back is a clear cover, which shows the circuitry, and also a digital display. The display shows not only remaining burn time, but also which setting you are in. Also on the back is the main function button and charging port (which Exposure call Smart Port+). As well as charging the light, the Smart Port+ can also power/charge auxiliary devices such as rear lights, remote switches and USB devices.
The light has a total of 10 different potential settings, including 3 Reflex ones, which allows you to pick the output and run time for your specific ride intentions. You can, for example, just have it do two outputs (Highest and Lowest) if that’s all you require.
My night riding tends to consist of lapping my local short-but-steep tracks with the odd foray onto the moor for a bit of flow singletrack when the conditions suit.
I started off running the Exposure Six Pack MK12 in Programme 4 which gives it the highest continuous output and manually switched it to the lower output for climbing or road sections.
I then changed it to Programme 1, which uses the Reflex technology to maintain the light in its highest-as-situation-dictates setting. I then just left it in that mode. You can still run the light in low mode (by pushing the button), which is what I do when riding to the trails. Once properly off-road, I just clicked it back to Reflex and left it.
On the standard (non-Reflex) High mode the Six Pack is nice and bright. But when it’s in the Reflex mode, the Six Pack is an even more impressive front light.
The beam carries an impressive way down the trail. It has a great spread, highlighting everything from your front wheel forwards, but also having a good spread to the sides without diluting the main beam. This helps when dropping into steep trails and turns, letting you see the exit with the main beam as well as your headlight.
The light colour is a great tone – not too harsh or soft – and does a great job of highlighting the trail and helping pick out obstacles without bleaching out colour, or causing undue shadow.
Using the big single button on the back is easy enough even with thick winter gloves but, in reality, once you pick your favourite setting there’s no real need to keep pressing buttons.
The Reflex mode does a good job of automatically dipping and brightening the beam; when climbing (or pushing!) back up. it dims to conserve energy. Once you get back to descending, the light is back into full power almost instantly. It didn’t do anything weird or unexpected while riding.
Most of my night rides tend to be about and hour and half, and using the Reflex mode, I’d still have a couple of hours run time left on the light. This meant I could do two or threee rides without recharging.
The Exposure Six Pack Mk12 is pretty hard to beat for a proper trail night riding. Amazing day-for-night performance in a beautifully engineered package. Navigating the options/settings takes a little bit of getting used to but once you’re familiar with the process it’s fine. Top end performance, manufacture and after sales support.
|Product:||Six Pack MK12|
|Tested:||by Ross for 3 months|