Supernova Airstream front light review£169.99

Bar mounted illumination

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German brand Supernova always create interesting stuff and the new self-contained Airstream is no exception. They use a unique multi-faceted, multi-cell, hollow centre lens in front of a single LED.

This produces a beam that’s best described as a curved moustache shape, with a vaguely lit beard underneath. This actually gives decent coverage on the near sides of the trail and a few metres in front of the wheel.

A lot of random dark patches mean it’s tricky to pick out technical detail though, and the light’s not helmet mountable. Otherwise the O-ring mounted unit is very neat, with a battery indicator light next to the on switch and backlit Supernova logos on the side.

Supernova airstream beam: supernova airstream beam
Supernova airstream beam: supernova airstream beam

For more information on how we tested this year's crop of lights, see our latest buyer's guide to mountain bike lights and Tested: 30 high-power mountain bike lights.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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