CatEye Nano Shot Plus Headlight $119.95
Marry the night.
With bikes, you're constantly forced to weigh out the advantage/disadvantage ratio of lightweight designs. The same is true for lights. But, with forward-thinking development comes mold-shattering designs, and one such example is the CatEye Nano Shot Plus Headlight. Tipping the scales around a svelte 160 grams, the Nano Shot Plus perfectly combines ease-of-use with illuminating power.
To start, CatEye incorporated two LED bulbs that exude up to 600 lumens. How does this translate to illumination? It's bright, about half as bright as the average car's high beams, actually. So, you'll have no problem pinpointing potholes, glass shards, or tree branches on your night rides.
For durability, the Nano Shot Plus has been designed to be water-resistant. So, you can depend on it as the conditions become less than ideal. For attachment, CatEye used a two-part attachment bracket that allows you to easily take the light with you after you've locked up. Additionally, the Nano Shot Plus comes with an optional helmet mount. So, you can simply go from the trail to your front door without moving the light position.
In terms of modes, the Nano Shot Plus has three. For a maximum output, and the shortest battery life, there's High. The next two, Low and Hyper-constant, move from solid to flashing. All in all, the light's rechargeable lithium-ion battery has a life range from 1.5 to 4 hours depending on your mode selection. However, when your ride is done, CatEye predicts that a full recharge of the battery can be performed in around eight hours and an 80% recharge will take around five hours. We realize that this is a little bit lengthy, but with the included USB charging cable, you can simply plug the light into your work computer and forget about it.
The CatEye Nano Shot Plus Headlight is available in the color Black and in one size. Each light comes equipped with CatEye's mounting bracket and a USB charger.
What community has to say
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This headlight offers tons of light in a small, rechargeable package. I've used it on night rides well away from any street lights with plenty of lumens to spare. Without a doubt it would offer great visibility as a strict commuter light with steady as well as a strobe setting. Setup is simple with easy strap/nut tightening system that has a quick release to remove the light for USB charging. I think my favorite feature, aside from the great visibility, is the lighted power button that changes illumination based on battery charge. It makes conserving battery life based on ride length very straightforward.