We've never really tested any Cygolite products before and it is perhaps the most requested (by readers) addtion to our Lights Shootouts. Cygolite finally obliged to request and they sent us the Expilion 350 and the Mitycross 750. We were giddy with excitement to finally experience one of the top selling lights in the market.

The packaging stands out as one of the best in class. It is compact and very professional. As you can see in the photos, everything is neatly organized and the box contains many of of the specs and important information.

The light itself looks great with excellent materials and quality of construction. The light head has a big head and heatsink to dissipate heat. The switch is big and raised but is not illuminated perhaps to avoid distracting the rider. The back of the light has a battery that can be removed and replaced without tools. The battery is a standard lithium 18650 but in a proprietary plastic holder so spare batteries need to be purchased from Cygolite.

The light has 4 light levels and a flash mode. Switching the light on puts it on Med-high, Medium, Low, High, and Flash mode. It is odd and non-intuitive that the light does not switch on High mode since that is what the user usually wants. As a result, the user has to scroll through the light levels just to get to High. Also, the very annoying Flash/strobe mode comes right after high so most users will always get to it even though they do not want it as they try to find their light level. Too turn the light off, the button is pressed longer than two seconds and the light fades to off nicely.

Specifications:
  • Price: $110.00
  • Claimed Lumens:350 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 133 grams
  • Installed Weight: 161.5 grams
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 31 Lux
Mounting:

Mounting is perhaps the best in class for the self-contained lights in this shootout. It has a very high quality mount that can take both bar sizes and it is screwed in to place with a handy thumbscrew. The light can be aimed left to right easily and the tension can be adjusted. There is also an available helmet mount not included in this kit but included in the Expilion 400.

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MTBR Light Meter Measurements:

This light measured 31 lux ont the MTBR Lux setup. This is exactly the output we measure with the Lezyne Power Drive for $90. The Lezyne Super Drive is a bit brighter at 44 Mtbr Lux

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Strengths:
  • Excellent build quality
  • Robust light head with good durability and heat dissipation
  • Best of class mount
  • Pretty bright with tight and consistent beam pattern
  • Great value at $110
  • Perfect for commuting
  • It's overbuilt
Weaknesses:
  • Does not turn on High by default and too many light levels
  • Beam pattern is not that wide with lack of peripheral halo beam
  • A little overbuilt and thus bigger and heavier than the competition
Bottom Line:

This is a great package from Cygolite. It is a very high quality product and it is competitive both at performance and price. If you want more light, the Expilion 400 and other Cygolite offerings will offer the same standard of quality.

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Value Rating: It's very compelling at $110.

4.75 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating: Perfect commuter light or second mtb light.

4.75 out of 5 Stars

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