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"Bicycle Times", January 1, 2013

CATEYE NANO SHOT+

BY ERIC MCKEEGAN

PHOTO BY JUSTIN STEINER

PRICE: $120 MADE IN JAPAN WWW.CATEYE.COM

LUMENS: 600 STEADY MODES: HIGH, LOW FLASH MODES: “HYPER CONSTANT”

RUNTIME (STEADY): 1.5 - 4 HOURS WEIGHT (WITH MOUNT): 178G

MOUNTS INCLUDED/AVAILABLE: HANDLEBAR

CHARGER TYPE: MICRO USB WITH WALL ADAPTER CHARGE TIME: 8 HOURS

The Nano Shot+ is a darn good light at any price — the fact that it is cheapest in this test is icing on the cake. The beam pattern is perfect, with a wide, flattened oval shape, which keeps the light on the road and out of drivers’ eyes. The three light modes keep things simple, and really, who needs more than high/low/blink? The Hyper Constant flash mode is a steady low beam with quick flashes of the high beam. This allows the light to draw attention, but not leave your path ahead in the dark half the time.

The bar clamp is one of this light’s biggest strengths, clamping every size bar out there without slipping, and it was easy to install and adjust on the fly. Unfortunately the clamp is also the light’s biggest weakness, as the knob used to tighten the clamp isn’t fixed in place. With the light off the bar, this knob can easily fall off, and it is small enough to get lost, which happened to me. Fix this issue and this light would be perfect.

Those who are not habitual bike swappers won’t have an issue; the mount has a quick-release for the light, no need to remove the clamp when locking up.

WHO IS THIS LIGHT GOOD FOR?

You. Seriously. This light is awesome, just don’t lose the knob.

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