Specialist pursuits demand specialist tools, and downhill night riding in the pitch dark is one such pursuit. ‘Exposure’ lights – widely regarded as the Ferrari of bicycle lights – provide the kind of illumination you might expect to see from a helicopter searchlight.
How bright are we talking exactly? An entry-level front light might emit 40 lumens; enough to get you seen, but not enough to see the path in front of you. A top-of-the-range, seriously bright Lezyne Super Drive 1250 XXL emits 1250 lumens will light up the path ahead like a Christmas tree.
The Exposure Six Pack MK7, meanwhile, is more than 3 times as powerful, at 4,500 lumens. It’s what you might call a ‘mega-power’ bike light, so bright that it isn’t recommended for normal commuting. But it does give serious mountain bikers the kind of illumination and reliability they need in order to ride through the woods with speed and confidence. The Six Pack MK7 senses gradient, acceleration and cornering forces and automatically adjusts the output to your light requirement, and is the recommended light for 12 or 24-hour enduro events.
Exposure Lights in general are also designed to take a beating, and they look like it too. In fact, they look like they have more to do with modern military combat than bicycles – the Exposure Toro MK8 is a case in point.
At this price range the Exposure lights aren’t designed to appeal to the cycling masses. But if you’re enthusiastic about cycling and you want the best specialist kit that money can buy, then Exposure lights could be just what you’re looking for.