Troute Darkness Dominator front light review£250.00

Amazingly bright and tough

BikeRadar score4/5

We ran Troute lights last year without a problem and the machined head, screw-fix connectors and big battery of the Darkness Dominator has proved equally bombproof over the past two months.

Fire up the three XML U2 LEDs in the ovalised head unit and you get a ludicrously bright maximum ‘boost’ setting of 2,600 lumens (theoretical is 3,000). This is – literally – brilliant for deliberately throwing riders in front into shadow for overtaking moves or fast and techy descents, and for 90 percent of the time the (approx 1,000 lumen) High setting is ample. There’s a low setting for cruising too, or you can choose a five-level version when you order.

Run times on the 14.8 volt, 5.2 amp Endurance battery are two, four and eight hours respectively, but there’s a half size ‘standard’ battery for £300 if your night raids are sprints rather than epics. Production versions will have a battery life indicator built into the switch too. The Darkness Dominator isn't light, but the head and battery are super-secure and power-for-price ratio is outstanding.

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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