08/01/2013 | 2 comments
The market for high quality LED trail riding lights has exploded in recent years. Brightness has steadily increased and prices have tumbled, putting decent lights within most people’s grasp. £150 seems to be emerging as a very popular price point, judging from the number of lights we’ve tested in this price bracket in recent weeks.
The Tumble and Fall Pro1600 stands up well under scrutiny. It’s well designed, has a solid construction and is easy to use. Four Cree LEDs are housed inside a distinctive looking unit and the battery provides 3.5 hours on the highest mode – we reckon your legs will tire before the battery does.
There are two power buttons on the back of the unit, one switches between two flash modes and the other between high, mid and low. The rubber buttons are quite tactile, but rather difficult to press with thick winter gloves. Separating the two mode cycles with individual buttons makes it a very easy light to use – you can switch directly from one mode to the other without having to turn it off. It also opens up its use for commuting.
Supplied in the box is everything you need to mount the light to the handlebars or helmet. We first tried the handlebar mount. A quick release clamp with a small knurled dial secures the light in place, but you have to tighten it up plenty to avoid the light rotating around the bars. A better option is to place it on the helmet, where it’s light enough to go unnoticed, and the extension cable lets you stash the battery in your hydration pack.
So how does it ride out on the trail? Very well is the simple answer. The four Cree LEDs spread the 1600 lumens into a very broad beam pattern with impressive reach further down the trail. Illumination when mounted to the helmet is stunning, makes all-out attacks on the singletrack a blast, with every root illuminated from a reasonable distance.
The Tumble and Fall ticks most of the boxes for a serious night riding light. It has a good beam pattern, stacks of punch when the speed ramps up and generous battery life.
Broad, bright beam
Separate mode buttons
Handlebar clamp isn’t that secure
More information: Tumble and Fall Pro1600
What Tumble and Fall says:
Tumble and Fall have been producing lights for almost 5 years and offer quality proven light technology whilst offering fantastic value.
The Pro1600 light is made with precision anodised aluminium keeping the weight of light incrediblily low. Remarkable that the light is actually smaller and slightly lighter then it’s 1200l brother yet delivers a brighter light. Another improvement comes in the form of a new waterproof case for the battery pack plus a clip style bar mount instead of the previous rubber band style mount.
As with all the other in the range the 1600 light is fully rechargeable and comes with a charger plus bar and helmet mounts.
CREE XM-L LED light with 1600 Lumen’s offering up to 3.5 hours fuel time on full power. The Pro1600L has 4 operating modes (Full, Med, Low, Flash) and a fuel gauge showing exactly the amount of power remaining.