Light & Motion Stella 300 front light review£225.00

Small unit, big run time

BikeRadar score3/5

Light & Motion is a diving light manufacturer first and foremost, and that’s clear from the tight donut seals and tough solid battery pack of this small but very sturdy lamp. Reliability across the L&M range has been faultless for years, which is a tick in the box for epic out-there riders. The head unit fixes the cutaway back section securely onto the bars or supplied helmet mount with a rubber ‘watch strap’ mount for an unobtrusive crash resistant position.

The compact battery comes with a long extension lead for helmet use and the charger is supplied with a full set of plug adaptors for global use. Run times are long even at high power, making it an ideal light for solo 24-hour racers or extra long trail rides. Unfortunately the actual light output is down on similarly priced systems, particularly in terms of long distance punch for fast or technical descents.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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