Originally Posted by freako
$76 dollars for only 120 lumens? That's expensive. You can do way better then that; even Cygolite has 10 watt headlights that would make that look dim for that kind of money or for another $15 you can really outshine with 16 watts from Cygolite.
There is a lot more to evaluating a light than lumens per dollar. You have to look at several factors.
Self-contained unit-no wires or external battery, circuitry to run bright until batteries are exhausted, has bi-level beam, cut-off shielding, and uses rechargeable AA's.
I would compare it to a Dinotte Pro Series at $129 with batteries and charger deleted. The Pro Series advantage has 200 lumens, which is 80 more, and the ability to purchase a larger battery carrier to increase run time. But it would have an external battery and wires, no bilevel beam or cut-off shielding, 2 hours less runtime at lesser lumens (50%=100 lumens versus 120 lumens for the Dosun assuming 4 AA's, and would cost $53 more.
This looks like a high quality, self-contained unit at a good price assuming it performs according to it's specs and you are purchasing it for road riding. The Dinotte's originally had 120 lumens and I have seen those in person and that is a good amount of light. You cannot tell a lot of difference between the Fenix on high at 107 lumens versus turbo's 180 lumens. So let's not get hung up on lumens, here. Let's look at the total package benefits and take it's lower price point into consideration.
What I would like to know is if anyone has tested it to see if it is up to the job?
Would anyone care to speculate whether the cut-off shielding gives more effective light and how much or is the only benefit that it shields the light from oncoming motorists and cyclists?
Last edited by dekindy; 08-03-08 at 08:03 PM.