Strengths: Build quality
Hard to beat this little champ. Highest setting is nova bright and even intermediate is adequate for most commuting needs. Low setting seemingly lasts forever. I often use mine on a headband to walk my dogs along a trail at night and even the low setting is far superior to my Princeton Tec headlamp with a big round beam pattern. For those speed freaks on trails I suggest supplementing with either another bar or helmet lamp for the ultimate in illumination, but the average rider on non-technical trails who won't be out for hours will find this light more than adequate.
It's expensive, but no worse than comparable stuff and is certainly built to last. It's also one of the few lamps that can easily be shifted from bar, to helmet to headlamp use, which appealed to me. I think the Lumen count in the description is for the old model and it's up to 750 in high mode now.
Similar Products Used: Mostly lower end non-rechargeable stuff. This, of course, blows away that kind of light.
Bike Setup: Typically on my commuter, which is an 04 Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: April 18, 2012
Strengths: this light is simply brilliant. the built quality is outstanding, and the battery really does last as long as the manufacturer claims and still seems to old the same charge after 2 years. both of which are important for me and cannot be said for many of the lights
Weaknesses: the round and slightly narrow beam pattern is not ideal for urban commuting
if your looking for a very powerful and compact light i cant recommend is any more. definitely worth the premium in price
Strengths: The PIko Light really delivers. You just put it on your helmet and go ride your bike. This is one of those things that if you dont think about it, it must be doing its job. The light is Lupine simple, we made, and effective. It is designed with its purpose from the beginng. You see other lights that try to copy Lupine, but they dont have it in them. There is a certain DNA that is in their products that comes through every designe feature.
Weaknesses: It would always be nice if it was cheaper. But YOU really get waht you pay for.
Lupine and Piko are not your first light, but it will be your last.
Similar Products Used: I have used Night Suns, Night Rider, Jets, Lupine Tesla, Lupine Willma, Lupine Betty.
Bike Setup: Hard tail 26 or 29 depending on condtions. What is nice is you can have a light per bike or just switch them when you want to.
a Cross Country Rider
from SF Bay Area, CA
Date Reviewed: February 16, 2011
Strengths: Fantastic Light Output for such a small light, High quality aluminum shell, Good light pattern, Decent run time from a tiny battery
Weaknesses: Not an inexpensive light
I got the Lupine Piko after returning a Magicshine light that was part of the battery recall. Despite being smaller, the Piko provides light output that approximately equal to the Magicshine with a light pattern that is a bit more even and useful. The ability to mount the light on both a helmet and on handlebars is useful when switching bikes. Run time at high power is a bit low at 2.5 hours, but medium power is still fairly bright and provides 7 hours of rated run time. The bottom line is that this light isn't cheap, but is a good value given its light output and its versatility for use on either handlebars or on a helmet.
a Cross Country Rider
from Squamish B.C.
Date Reviewed: December 29, 2010
Strengths: Very small,light weight, and has a very bright daylight beam of light with surprising punch.A pair of these would give you as much light as any single track needs.Oh,,and both set ups combined will weigh you down all of 360 grams.
Weaknesses: Found the helmet mount where the lamp head pivits could maybe use larger o rings, with the hex screws tightened up all the way the lamp head still seemed to have some play in the up/down movement.Very easy fix,but only other weakness i find,is the two and half hour run time.I find that is cutting most rides way to close.Just an extra half hour would be much better.
This light is just rediculous on the output and beam quality from such a tiny weightless package.And of coarse Lupine Quality.I prefer the beam pattern from the XPG's much more than the P7 style lights out there because it's brighter where it counts for me on single track.My MS has an ok hotspot that is to narrow, then a kind of dark donut blending into a huge but unusable halo as it's just not bright enough to me.Piko is a SICK!!light, and if it had a three hour run time,it would be perfect.
hey night riders. just a head's up on a very lightly used lupine piko 3 system i posted on classifieds. here's the link: [url=http://classifieds.mtbr.com/showproduct.php?product=80470&cat=]LUPINE PIKO 3 LIGHTING SYSTEM - Buy and Sell and Review Mountain Bikes and Accessories[/url]. thanks.Read More »
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Considering going with all new lights.
Thinking about the Bikeray New Ray III for the bar mounted light.
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