Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Exposure Toro Mk6 sits in the third spot in Exposures lineup of handlebar lights. The Six Pack and Maxx D put out crazy lumens and cost more, but at 1800 the Toro puts out enough illumination to ride at daylight speeds. Having had a chance to test the full Exposure lineup over the course of a few weeks, I’ve found I like the small and medium-size handlebar lights nearly as much as the big guys. The Toro is the Exposure light I plan to buy. It has all the amazing features of the bigger lights, with a smaller size and great light output for road or trail.
Beyond the quality of the illumination, the Toro has some features that set it apart from the top-level lights from other manufacturers. It is self-contained in a CNC-machined aluminum housing with lots of cooling fins, so the whole light body acts as a heat sink, providing an important temperature management for the LEDs. The level of finish is beautiful, on par with Thomson seatposts and Chris King Headsets.
The Toro’s weight is lower and battery life is longer than comparable lights from other manufacturers that have cords and external batteries. There are 10 different programs (details are helpfully engraved on the side of the housing) to fine-tune output and battery life, and it is easy to toggle between modes with the single-button control. . Three of those modes incorporate Exposure’s Reflex Technology, which uses an array of sensors (thermometer, inclinometer, and accelerometer) along with a digital algorithm to estimate how fast the bike is going, and adjust the light’s output accordingly. The light dims when the bike is moving slowly or uphill, then brightens automatically when the trail points down and speeds increase. This seems like the stuff of science fiction, but it works on the trail. The rider can turn on the light at the beginning of the ride and not touch it until the end. Exposure’s handlebar lights are the only bike lights to use a digital readout instead of a fuel-gauge-style power readout. This really sets them apart, and takes a lot of the stress out of night riding. Instead of guessing at how much battery life is left, Exposure’s readout tells the program mode, level of light, battery percentage, and remaining ride time on the light. Even if the light is undercharged (it happens) the readout allows the rider to ration light and finish the ride instead of having the light quit unexpectedly.
With all the technology they carry, the Exposure lights are remarkably easy to use and understand. The quality is apparent, the handlebar mounts are compact and unobtrusive, and technical and warranty support is excellent. They come at a premium price, but are one of the best lights to own and ride.
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