Sounds great...how are the headlights from...
Sounds great...how are the headlights from this brand? Any recommendations...don't want to cut corners. Any one hear/had any experience with "Lupine Lighting", if so, how do they compare quality-wise?
For any others having the same query: Check out the "Light Shoot-Out" on *Mountainbike review.com, where they test (and show the actual beams) of most all brands. That said, this tail light, and the L&M Taz headlight were 'voted' best overall beam. While the Lupine Lighting won best tech....but also the most costly, which is why I ended up 'defaulting' to the Vis 180 & Taz 1200 (lots less $ but still high quality!). Check it out:)
Light and Motion is the company that I turn to every time I need lights. Admittedly, they are a little pricey... but as we all know, "you get what you pay for."I have been using my"Light and Motion URBAN300" for commuting, and it is perfect in every way. There are brighter and more expensive lights out there, but the 300 was able to satisfy all of my requirements at a lower price: It is bright and visible, easy to use, rechargeable, and casts a beam that lights up the road surface. I am not certain if all Light and Motion headlamps operate the same, but my 300 has four brightness settings, one strobe (always gets noticed). It also has the same side LEDs as the 180 taillight for added visibility. Plus, it came with a helmet mount, although I prefer to mount it directly to my handlebars.
Can't comment on "Lupine Lighting," I have never used any of those products. What I can recommend is that you should choose a lamp with a rating of at least 150 lumens and some form of side illumination. Good luck, and stay safe!
OK, so you're going to get two answers for evaluation, and for mine, I will say that I've never used any L&M light (I came across your inquiry while looking at an L&M taillight).
I have a Lupine Wilma which is accurately rated at 2800 lumens. Yes, 2800!!! At its highest setting (I have four settings programmed in, each significantly brighter than the last, with the fourth setting being full-on). I'll just say that I have no problem seeing ANYTHING on the road, even if I'm descending at 45+ mph. Was it expensive? Yes, but one crash would make what I paid inconsequential (and I know first hand - $25K later after a (daytime) accident of mine, and a subsequent collarbone surgery, a Lupine is a drop in the bucket... thankfully, I have insurance which covered 80%).
I also commute in Southern California (south Orange County), so being seen by the many motorists I encounter is a high-priority... I've had drivers in front of me "flash" me with their high-beams because they're getting hit with so much light.
Crazy thing is the Wilma is not Lupine's brightest - that goes to the Betty (got to love their names) which comes in at 3600 lumens. Yikes.
Now back to checking out L&M taillights here on the wonderful Competitive Cyclist (kudos to them for allowing the posting of info about stuff they don't sell... they're a great company). I hope my input helps you, and others.
That's great, and was my first choice, as well! Would be great if Comp.cyclist/Backcountry would offer this awesome brand. It's insane what some (many) cyclist use for night riding...you scarcely can see them, and I highly doubt they can 'see' very much, as well (not to mention the lack of reflective elements to help with visibility)...just not worth cutting corners to save some $, and possibly lose their life!