DStar Altair MC-E front light review

Singletrack-friendly lighting

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £300.00 RRP

Our review

Low on features but masses of eye-friendly broad span lighting power for UK trail and weather conditions
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We first used UK ‘shed-made’ DStar lights last year and were impressed with their high power, singletrack-friendly lighting. The company will build the three-LED lamp unit with whatever optic combination you choose in a raw alloy, black or red anodised finish.

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Our soft spot/real spot mix spread the huge lumen output over a large area with masses of well lit peripheral vision. The warm colour temperature means it works well in wet/reflective conditions where whiter lights can glare too much.

While the pinpoint lux measurement is low it also throws enough light down the trail to spot obstacles early. The big light pool makes the angle setup less crucial. There’s no battery life indicator though, and the lower power setting is very low so a third intermediate level would be useful.

There is a double capacity bottle battery option if you need more run time. The substantial lamp weight makes the helmet mount an optimistic inclusion, but the main bracket is very secure and the lamp is compatible with Hope’s direct fit stem system.

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Russell Burton

Beam shot – DStar Altair MC-E

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For more information of how we tested this year’s crop of lights, see our latest buyer’s guide to mountain bike lights and Tested: 30 high-power mountain bike lights.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Altair MC-E (10)
Brand Dstar

Features *Emitter: 3 x Cree MC-E LEDs *Measured lux @ 5m: 268/74 *Claimed lumens: 1700 *Operating temp: 32°C *Battery: 2.6 mAh Li-Ion block *Mount: Bar and helmet *Max power run time: 2hr 33m *Weight: 212 + 277 = 489g *Options: 5.2aH Li-Ion bottle battery, optic packs