Whether you’re night riding, hiking, skiing, cooking or just rummaging around your tent, a bright and long-lasting lamp can make a big difference between loving the great outdoors and cursing it.
Light and Motion’s new USB-rechargeable Solite 250 will help you choose the former. The light uses the same battery as your iPhone, which helps keep it working at about 1.7 lumen’s per gram. And, it’s designed to be versatile—use it as a headlamp, flashlight, picnic table light, or bike light. No other light that we’ve tried here at the Gear Shed does such a good job at so many things. In fact, we recently used it during the Lunar Quarry 12, a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. bike race in southern Vermont. It lit up the night and helped our team pedal to victory.
Because the Solite is regulated, the beam of light is bright and consistent across the entire life of the battery. Most lights don’t stay consistently bright through their charge—their brightness degrades rapidly as the battery drains. And riders barely noticed they were wearing it during the Lunar Quarry 12. The next brightest contender had a massive battery to deal with.
For commuting, a tiny side light keeps you visible without interfering with your night vision. And the light has a lock mode for travel. Lasts 2.5 hours on high, 20 hours on low, and 100 hours in read mode. Available now, $149; lightandmotion.com.