Gloworm X2 Adventure light review

Gloworm’s X2 light becomes more portable with the Adventure version

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £200.00 RRP | USD $212.00 | EUR €229.00 | AUD $279.00
Gloworm X2 Adventure light

Our review

A powerful, small and low-weight light that can be customised to fit your needs
Pros: Its light weight means you can run the light and battery on your helmet; build quality feels robust; it produces a useful light beam
Cons: The battery indicator is a bit vague; fitting the strap mount on a helmet can be fiddly
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Gloworm’s Adventure X2 light offers all the same features as its X2 counterpart other than its battery, which has been designed for helmet use.

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The Adventure uses a smaller two-cell battery rather than the heavier four-cell, making it more versatile and possible to fit to a helmet without losing too much run time.

The Adventure uses a smaller two-cell battery
The Adventure uses a smaller two-cell battery making it more versatile for helmet use.
Luke Marshall

Gloworm X2 Adventure details and specifications

The significant number here is 1,700 lumens, the maximum power of the X2 Adventure, which on this test unit lasted around 1hr 45mins.

As mentioned above, the X2 and X2 Adventure light share the same features, including the CNC machined head unit and stainless-steel hardware, changeable LEDs, handlebar and helmet mounting options and handlebar remote.

The stock setting is a flood and spot used together to provide a broad and deep beam. However, you can customise the light to feature two beams for a narrow bright beam, or a flood and wide LED to offer the broadest view of the trail.

The smaller battery holds a capacity of 3.4AHr, which keeps the weight down, and the total weight comes in at 303g for the light, battery and hardware.

Included in the box are spare LEDs.

Gloworm X2 Adventure performance

Out on the trail, the X2’s 1,700 lumens pack a punch thanks to the spot and flood LEDs used. Even though you can change the setup, I never felt the need to switch it up.

The light offers a broad light beam that helps to pick out the trail sides, while still punching deep enough down the trail to see what’s coming up.

The X2 uses a spot and flood LED
The X2’s 1,700 lumens pack a punch thanks to the spot and flood LEDs used.
Luke Marshall

While it can be used as a standalone light, which will let you see the trail well and allow you to ride without much hesitation, I preferred to use the X2 Adventure as a helmet light in addition to a bar-mounted light for ultimate trail illumination.

The TX handlebar remote impressed me just as much as the light itself. This simple remote connects easily to the light and allows you to toggle through the settings without needing to move your hands too far.

TX wireless remote for the Gloworm X2 Adventure light
The TX handlebar remote impressed me just as much as the light itself.
Luke Marshall

I managed to squeeze out 1h 45mins on full power, but you can extend this by lowering the output on climbs or roads, which should give you enough juice for most evening adventures. I was a big fan of the special dim-mode for the times when I found myself stopped.

Helmet setup is simple if you already use a GoPro mount, otherwise, the strap-on mount takes a little fiddling to secure in place and works better for some helmets more than others, depending on the vent locations that you thread the straps through.

The handlebar mounts bolt into the side of the X2 Adventure
The handlebar mount, which bolts into the side of the X2 Adventure’s body, is a nice touch because it means you can place the light centrally above or in front of the stem
Luke Marshall

The handlebar mount, which bolts into the side of the X2 Adventure’s body, is a nice touch because it means you can place the light centrally above or in front of the stem. All of these mounting options held the head unit securely in place, and I never noticed any rattling or moving of the light.

The cables are tough and the connections are firm, so you don’t feel like they will disconnect after long bumpy rides.

The separate battery is light enough to be strapped to a helmet. I strapped mine to the rear and it never caused me any problems when riding, I barely noticed it. However, I preferred to use the extender cable and stash the battery in my hip pack. If you’re using it as a bar-mounted light, you’ll need to strap it to your frame.

The 3.4AHr Lithium Ion Battery has a power indicator
The four-light battery indicator gives you a rough idea of how much power you have left.
Luke Marshall

The four-light battery indicator gives you a rough idea of how much power you have left, but it’s relatively simplistic.

Gloworm X2 Adventure bottom line

The X2 Adventure is a powerful and useful light. It has a high enough output to use it alone, but it makes for a brilliant second light to boost your lumens.

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Its versatile fitment options are great and allow personal setup, and the smaller capacity and shorter run time still allow plenty of riding if you manage the battery.

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $279.00EUR €229.00GBP £200.00USD $212.00
Weight 303g – Light and battery
Brand Gloworm

Features

Features Weight: Light Head Assembley only 89 grams
Waterproof: Yes - (IP67)
Remote: Wireless TX
Battery: 3.4 AHr Lithium Ion
Lights: 2 X Cree U2 XM-L2 LEDS
Modes: 2 Optic system (Spot/Flood)
Runtime: 1.5HR runtime on max brightness
Integrated battery no
Light type Front
Output (lumens) 1700
Remote switch Yes