BY KAREN BROOKS
PHOTO BY JUSTIN STEINER
PRICE: $120 MADE IN TAIWAN WWW.LEZYNE.COM
LUMENS: 500 STEADY MODES: HIGH, MEDIUM, LOW FLASH MODES: SLOW
RUNTIME (STEADY): 1.5 - 5 HOURS WEIGHT (WITH MOUNT): 157G
MOUNTS INCLUDED/AVAILABLE: TWO HANDLEBAR (25.4MM AND 31.8MM) AND HELMET
CHARGER TYPE: MICRO USB CHARGE TIME: 4 - 6 HOURS
This is a sleek and powerful little package, although it is bigger than the previous Super Drive — it makes sense that they added “XL” to the name. Lezyne also added some key features: a colored LED battery gauge in the control button that works even when the light’s off (just tap it once), and circuitry that keeps the light’s power output constant as the battery drains. Besides the normal function of switching between the four modes, the light can be set to “Race Mode” in which the button cycles through just high and low settings, skipping the flash and medium. The flash was nicely paced for getting attention without causing seizures. The beam pattern was circular, fading out at the edges without prominent hot or dim spots. It had a slightly greenish tint, which didn’t bother me. Cutouts in the sides of the housing allowed the light to shine to the sides for cross traffic.
The handlebar mount is rugged and comes with two different clamps and precisely sized shims for a solid grip. A $150 “Fully Loaded” package includes a helmet mount, spare lithium-ion battery, and a case — very convenient. The spare battery comes in its own little case so it won’t get beat up. One does have to charge the spare inside the light.
All together this is a winner of a light that I’ll continue to use for a long time.
WHO IS THIS LIGHT GOOD FOR?
Commuters or even tourers who have a long and dark route ahead that demands constant light and the ability to swap in more juice.