Ten days of pain now: same side as last year – either the pain is not as bad or I’m just accustomed to it! I’ll try to train again tomorrow either way – I’m going stir crazy from the sedentary lifestyle.
To ease the pain I did some retail therapy: The Lumicycle XPG ATL
It comes with Light head (of course!), Li-Ion Battery and Helmet mount. I will try to adapt the helmet mount so that it can be used for XC Skiing; More on that when I manage it. Official test will be on the way home from work today (in complete darkness in the forest) but initial impressions are fantastic. Last year I bought a Hope 1 LED front light and today I compared them side by side. The Hope’s brightest setting was not nearly as bright as the Lumicycle’s lowest setting, despite the fact that Hope rate the 1 LED at 240 lumens @ high power and Lumicycle rate their light @ 150 lumens @ low power!
I suspect that Hope measure light intensity at the centre of the beam where a very small area is significantly brighter than the rest of the beam pattern. The lumicycle beam may too be brighter in the centre, but it is not significant or indeed noticeable at all. Comparing a £90 light with a £2705light may not seem fair, but in this case, the law of diminishing margin returns has not even begun to kick in yet.
Hope 1 LED: Claimed 240 lumens. = £0.38/Lumen
Lumicycle :1340 lumens = £0.20/Lumen
lumen / Burn Time
Hope 1 LED:
3 hours @ 240 lumens
2 hours @ 1340 lumens
4 hours @ 950 lumens
11 hours @ 450 lumens
57 hours @ 150 lumens
Also, it’s very easy to switch between different settings on the Lumicycle, there even is a smart burn mode where it will stay at 1340 lumens for 3 minutes, then switch down to 950… I’m truely happy so far; can’t say enough good things about it! I’ll try to take some photos of the beam pattern on the way home today.