First impressions of the latest light from the leading UK manufacturer
In addition to keeping the body warm in winter, it’s vital to be seen.
If you’re like us, we like nothing more than cycling outdoors. Weather permitting it’s good for the mind, body and soul. What’s more, it can help maintain good friendships – even if it’s just a social spin around the park.
So, it’s good to know that there’s a light out there that is strong and long-lasting.
Why this light?
In my experience it’s good to have a spare. Particularly when relying on one light, it’s good idea to have a back-up. Something that can help you when you’re caught out, or when a riding-buddy needs your help with a spare.
Additionally, as club members embrace off-road riding. Having an appropriate light that is fit for purpose adds value to the purchase. A light for mulitple reasons and uses comes in handy.
Moreover, club members have enjoyed a long and positive experience with Exposure; with models such as the Joystick and Diablo have served us well. It was time to see what else they had on offer.
Why consider the Blaze?
The Blaze boasts 80 to 150 lumens with a run-time range from 6 to 48 hrs. So, whether it’s a week day spin aroun the park, followed by a commute, or the weekend club-run, it sounds favourable.
How does it work?
A single button activitates the Blaze. Hodling it down takes you through the range of output options.
A covered charging port enables simple charging via a USB or mains.
Does it work?
It’s early days yet. We’ve only had the light for a couple of months. But so far, so good. It will be interesting to see how the ReaKt and Peloton modes make a difference to those around us. Particularly interesting will be its affect on battery life.
What could be improved?
There’s no getting around the price. This current Mk3 version sells for £115 on the Exposure website. It can be found for £92 elsewhere.
However, just like a helmet, we always consider the cost-benefit of such a purchase. If you’re riding 3-5 times a week; with weekend riding throuhout the darkest autumn and winter months, this can be the best rear-light companion.
The low down
Is the Blaze Mk3 the best rear-light out there? Possibly.
With the right tools, riding in dark mornings or nights can be pleasurable. We like the innovation and build quality of most of Exposure Lights range. This is one recommended model by a fellow Baroudeur who rides up to 350km a week. Thanks for the heads-up, Alex.
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