FABRIC LUMABEAM 300
A do-it-all light from one of cycling’s fastest-rising brands
Fabric make some of the most highly-rated saddles around, and now the same can be said of their lights. The range is small, with the 300-lumen Lumabeam being the most powerful in their range, suggesting they’re aimed mostly at road cyclists.
On the brightest setting, it emits a narrow but powerful beam that’ll last 2hrs (we got six out of it on flash mode), and instead of relentless button-pressing there’s a dial that you turn to change between light settings so it’s far easier to alter with gloves on. But there is one button, which has another smart function: the alu body of the 75g Lumabeam also has a low-powered strip for emergency use that you can switch to using via said button. There’s a red rear setting, too, pictured, lasting a massive 58hrs. The light slides onto a multi-directional mount that’s secured with a tough rubber fastener and can be mounted vertically or horizontally.
There are brighter beams for less, with Lezyne’s Hectodrive 400L coming in at under £40 as an example, but you won’t get a 300-lumen light anywhere else that can also be used as an emergency back or front light with precision-adjusted brightness, and for that we thoroughly commend Fabric on a clever yet intuitive design. For anything but late night off-road rides and our evening commutes on very sketchy unlit paths, this is now our beam of choice. JS fabric.cc