Oxford 9 LED UltraTorch light review£12.99

Waterproof front light

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Oxford's unusual rubber mounting system doesn’t inspire as much confidence as the plastic used on rival lights, though it worked well enough during testing.

The nine LEDs provide a circular beam, but the running time is disappointing. The UltraTorch is powered by just two AAA batteries, and the beam starts to fade badly after around only four hours.

It’s a shame, as it’s waterproof, light and makes a handy torch too – but it’s hard to recommend over the likes of Raleigh’s Niteflux, which is just as bright, cheaper and has a much longer run time. The lack of a flashing option is a surprise, too.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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