Troute Spider Eyes light review£329.00

Powerful helmet lamp

BikeRadar score4/5

With a machined alloy head unit weighing over half a pound (237g to be exact) this is not for weak-necked riders, and the ‘Johnny Five from Short Circuit’ design is aesthetically divisive. It works brilliantly on the trail though.

The two XML LEDs behind those big ‘eyes’ give powerful long range punch, while two XPGs in the ‘mouth’ keep everything lit around your front wheel. There’s some loss of depth perception off drops and so on if you don’t use a bar light as well, but it definitely gives more usable and informative illumination than any other helmet light.

Despite being so powerful, the high capacity (yet light) battery meant it was still shining more than an hour after others fizzled out. Buying direct from Troute makes it a bargain and while we’ve never had a reliability issue with any Troute light, it means great backup straight from the manufacturer.

Troute spider eyes beam shot:
Troute spider eyes beam shot:

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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