Lupine Wilma 5 front light review£395.00

Outstanding trail illumination

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Lupine’s ‘essentials only’ version of the Wilma LED combines superb performance with great value. The four-LED Wilma head gets more efficient circuitry for easily the brightest LED output in its class – in fact, the standard ‘low’ setting is as bright as competitors.

Despite its low weight and tiny size, the battery still runs for three hours at full chat. The new ‘on-lamp’ switch gives life at start-up, output and low power information, as well as having programmable power outputs and dimming menus.

The O-ring handlebar mount is among the simplest and most secure we’ve used.

The 5’s charger is simpler than before, but car adaptor and helmet mount are now sold separately. That said, outstanding performance like this for under £400 is still a great deal.

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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