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Good but has quality issues
on 15 November 2013
First off, it is bright, very bright. more like 600-700 lumens I would say but more than adequate for any purpose I would think. You get full beam, half full and strobe. At the rear of the battery case there is a white plastic cover which lights up red to mimic the mode the headlight is switched to. The rear red LED is too dull to be any use for cycling IMO, the white cover diffuses the light too much for it to be seen from any distance.
The big issue I have with this torch is that I've had two of these less than a week and twice had to resolder the wires in the (admittedly easy to dismantle) switch unit of one torch. We use these torches at least three times a day as we live in a place with no outdoor lighting and need them to work 100% of the time. The switch unit itself is poor quality compared to the rest of the torch and as the manufacturer has used the very stiff cable, seemingly common for LED head torches, it doesn't take much force to break them loose from the switch circuit board. I expect to be replacing the switches with something better soon.
The only other issue is the "zoom" takes two hands to perform as the lens unit is a very tight fit on the body. It takes real effort to move it. On wide angle you can easily light up an average back garden, On full zoom, I can light the edge of the forest a quarter of a mile away. At full zoom, the light footprint is a diamond, not a circle. Some people hate this, most couldn't care less, I'm with the latter group.
I know I could have sent them back but I have the tools to fix them and at the end of the day you get a lot of torch for not a lot of money. All in all, a decent three star torch that would have been five stars but for the switch.