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Light and Motion makes some of the best lights in the business and when night riding is at a high, you can expect to see some of their lights on just about any trail in the world! With a long battery life and bright options that will turn night to day, Light and Motion is one of our favorite light brands. Our buddy Steven recently made the upgrade, lets see what he thought.
The VIS 360 PRO, is a great headlamp for mountain biking, road riding, and commuting. It is lightweight on the head, provides the right amount of light, and is built solidly. However, for mountain biking, it isn’t a stand-alone light. It’s a supplemental beam. When you’re riding at night, it helps to have a wide-angle handlebar floodlight to cast a wave of light across the trail. The VIS 360 Pro is invaluable at seeing down the trail or around a bend before you take it. While you could mount a flood lamp to your helmet, those powerful enough to cast the needed light on the trail will oftentimes be heavy.
The VIS 360 PRO is LIGHT (pun intended) and doesn’t even feel like it’s there. It’s an umbilical light, meaning there is a battery pack and a lamp in the package. So you can mount the super light lamp on the front of your helmet and the battery pack on the back, evenly distributing the weight. The lamp has side view yellow lights for visibility (the vast majority of bike accidents happen at intersections) and a bright rear red light on the battery pack. The rear light can be solid, blinking, or off to save battery.
The runtime is great. My usual night ride is 2 hours and has not run out of battery on high mode. Though with a proper handlebar-mounted floodlight (1200-1600 lumens), you don’t need to run the VIS 360 PRO on high.
I usually run a handlebar light at 1200 lumens and use the VIS 360 Pro on the medium setting. It is more than enough light and gives me peace of mind that the battery won’t run out if I have a mechanical and end up in the woods longer than I thought. I DO, however, turn it on high if I’m going through a very technical section where I want that little bit of extra visibility.
When the light is on, both sides of the front lamp have yellow indicator lights as well as a bright rear red light on the battery pack, when combined, they put out enough power to be a reliable source for a rear and side safety light. Plus, the VIS 360 Pro is mounted to your head, so drivers can really see you, no matter how big of a vehicle they’re in. I live a few miles from the trailhead and ride 5 miles of road to get to the trails, so having safety lights is a must. I also run a seat post mounted rear light as well for extra visibility.
"I bought the VIS 360 Pro for commuting and trail riding, which it does great at both. It comes with a variety of mounting hardware to fit most helmet designs. You can adjust the angle of the beam one-handed while riding. Buy this light. It’s nice!" - Steven
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