Tuesday, December 24, 2013 12.00pm
By Guy Kesteven
We have been really impressed by New Zealand-designed Gloworm lights in the past and these new, more powerful X2s are some of Gloworm's best yet.
They have two XML2 U2 LEDs, which pump out an impressive 475 lux (at 5m) in power boost mode, giving a really good mix of punch and peripheral lighting for full-gas riding whether they're on your bars or helmet.
The minimalist head unit weighs next to nothing on your head (89g) and attaches simply to bars with an offset O-ring mount, while a neat remote can be fixed next to your shifters/ear with velcro dots.
This lets you toggle through programmable 'trail' and 'commuter' menus to manage brightness and battery life. There's enough juice in the 5,800mAh cell to go full-bore on a two-hour night-ride and still have spare power though, so we rarely needed to rely on it.
Our year-old long-term set has been rock solid despite some real abuse, and so has the new version, so we have no reliability concerns. The price is good for the quality too.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
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