Alpkit Hadron £95
Alpkit’s rebranded Magicshine light bundle looks a real bargain, but testing revealed some troubles. For a start, the actual output seems more like half that claimed. A focused central punch means it still has acceptable reach but the intermediate beam is lumpy and irregular, which can get confusing against complex backgrounds. The three-stage power menu includes sketchy flash and then off sequences too. That’s not as crippling as on some lights here though, because the wireless remote means you can flick past them without taking your hand off the bar. The generous hardshell battery allows a decent ride at full power. A helmet mount and extension lead are included, and a rear light can be added via a Y-shaped cable splitter. Magicshine reliability is normally excellent too.