Hope R4+ (4-cell) £230

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

Hope’s four-LED all-rounder isn’t the punchi­est or light­est, but its all-metal build qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity is ex­cep­tional, and Hope’s leg­endary cus­tomer ser­vice means you’re in­vest­ing in a light for life. The small, in­tri­cately-ma­chined head twist-fits se­curely into a rock solid bar mount that po­si­tions it over the stem. Three rid­able power lev­els (there are three walk­ing lev­els too, on a sep­a­rate menu) are com­mu­ni­cated via the colour-change main switch. A ‘traf­fic light’ bat­tery in­di­ca­tor makes it easy to ex­tend the al­ready gen­er­ous run times. The price is high for the out­put, but the cal­i­brated 1,500-lumen beam is softly coloured to avoid eye strain and broadly spread in all di­rec­tions for twisty trail con­text. It lacks reach for full-gas pin­ning though, so it’s best com­bined with a lid unit like Hope’s R2.

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