Hope Vision 4 front light review£299.00

Great for short technical trails

BikeRadar score3/5

Hope’s biggest light has been around for a while, offering simple but technical trail-friendly flood lighting and excellent reliability for a good price.

The four LEDs and optics are arranged to give a full 3D output that works really well on tracks with a lot of sudden dips and rises. This makes them great for a lot of local woods and trail centres we’ve used them at.

They don’t have a lot of range compared with other lights with similar lumen outputs though, so they can feel limiting on faster descents. You’re best avoiding the inefficient maximum power setting and concentrating on levels 2 and 3 to get the most from the battery.

Watch the clock too, as there’s no battery life indicator on the lamp. Three-and-a-half hours should be enough for most night rides though, and the battery is still small enough to sneak onto most frames easily.

While sticking with proven LED and battery technology might have left Hope behind on power, our long-term sets have performed faultlessly through a year of hard use. Hope’s factory direct back-up is excellent too. 

Hope vision 4 light beam: hope vision 4 light beam
Hope vision 4 light beam: hope vision 4 light beam

Beam shot - Hope Vision 4

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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