Blackburn Countdown 1600 £134.99
Blackburn’s boxy self-contained light gives impressive power, communication and control for shorter rides. The compact metal body slides on and off a hinged clamp, which needs to be tightened hard to avoid wobble. Twin LEDs give a noticeable ‘double barrel’ effect, with a molar-shaped secondary throw that’s occasionally distracting when swerving around on mixed terrain. The small battery means run times look scary-short on paper, but the big screen on top of the light gives unmissable run time and power info. Three buttons let you scroll either way through the power and strobe menu or hit maximum ‘Blitz’ mode immediately. They also make it easy to turn the light on accidentally. We’ve not had the Countdown long, but Blackburn reliability is generally good.