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.
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.
Beam shot – DStar Altair MC-E
|Name||Altair MC-E (10)|
|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|