More light, less weight.
Each of Exposure's Trace Lights in this front and rear Pack weigh slightly more than 400 grams, which makes them ideal for not only commuters, but long-distance riders, too. So, if you're unsure if a ride's going to push into the dark, just toss them in a jersey pocket.
This is possible because Exposure combines a powerful, yet efficient Cree XPG LED with a lightweight 700 mAh lithium ion battery in a CNC'd aluminum body. And when compared to a plastic body, it's much more durable, and it efficiently transfers heat from the LED. As a result, it ensures both an extremely long bulb and battery life.
In either the Flash or Low setting, a Trace will last around 24 hours. And in High or Steady, the front light will give you 110 lumens of light for about three hours. Like the front, the Trace rear light features an Optimum Mode Selector with three brightness modes and the choice of solid or pulsing beams. However, the output is reduced slightly to 75 lumens. Both lights, however, use an USB interface for charging. Both lights also have a simple fuel gauge that uses a traffic light system to make it obvious when it's time to recharge.
The Exposure Trace Light Pack fits standard handlebars and seatposts with an elastic band for easy installation and removal.
- Cree XPG LED bulbs
- High, low, and flash modes
- Water-resistant aluminum body
- Battery-life indicator
- USB charger
- Elastic mounting band
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worth the price
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These little lights are pricey, but worth it in my opinion, especially on sale (they are currently).
At first, I was taken by the fact that these are small and aluminum. Lots of other lights are huge, plastic, and ugly. I commute on a single speed, and I don't need a huge light with 500 lumens, and I need the lights to be small so I can remove them quickly when I lock my bike and put them in a backpack pocket easily. These did the trick.
They're nice looking, small, and feel really high quality. Operation is a bit tricky, don't throw out the instruction manual, but once you get it, it's easy enough. 6 settings (constant and strobe at 3 different brightness levels), but the middle and low settings are enough for me. The bright one is ridiculous, I can see the reflective layer on street signs a quarter mile down the road when it's on bright.
They're waterproof and shockproof, I've dropped them a few times and they still work. They charge with included USB cables (2) and have mounts for front handlebar and rear seatpost. I purchased the under-the-saddle mount from a seller on ebay as I couldn't find it anywhere in the US, and that's also a nice product (if you care about a lot of things hanging off your bike and cluttering it, like I do).
I would equate these to the iPhone of simple bike lights. They don't offer any incredible functionality over cheaper lights, but they do what they do reliably and in a sexy package made of top-of-the-line materials.
Very bright but rear is hard to attach
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Both lights are extremely bright. Both highly effective for day-time bright sunshine safety visibility. Wrap-around design of lenses provide very good side visibility. Buttons are very small and I expect hard to use with winter gloves but you would only very rarely need to change a setting while riding. Front mounts easily and is unobtrusive - front gets 5+ stars. Rear, however, is designed ONLY to mount onto round seatposts (?!??!) so is very difficult to mount to a saddle bag, backpack, chainstay or to an aero seatpost. so unless you have a round seatpost with a bit of room this may be impossible to mount securely. Hard to fathom why such an expensive and well-made item does not have a more adaptable mounting system. Rear gets 5 stars for visibility 1 star for mounting - how can you make a rear light that does not effectively mount to a backpack or courier pack?