|9th November 2009||#1|
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Fenix LD20 review
i got a test unit for review off these guys
and did a head to head with the Hope Vision 1 LED Front Light, because it is probably it's nearest rival.
it's well made, feels sturdy, yet is light enough to attach to a helmet.
only takes 2 AA's. you do have to buy the handlebar mount seperately though.
all the pics were taken from the same range, focusing on the same spot.
first pic is the hope in the dimmest mode
second pic is the Hope in high.
third pic, the Fenix in dim.
the fourth, the Fenix in high.
the fith, against a wall, Fenix on the left Hope on the right (dim mode)
the sixth, Fenix on the left, Hope on the right (high mode)
Last edited by 31t®um; 9th November 2009 at 21:02.
|9th November 2009||#3|
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The beam pattern for the Fenix is almost identical to those cheap Romisens. Floodier than the Hope, but less coverage in the spot.
I use a Romisen on my helmet for fast descents, or twisty sections, but otherwise switch it off.
I quite like running the Hope on medium and the Romisen on low for long-burn-time 'normal' rides (both bar mounted), as the extra bit of flood from the torch is nice to have in the immediate foreground. The same thing applies at higher speed (or if I'm on my own and getting scared), running the Hope on high, and the Romisen on high too.
I never use the Hope on max, as it doesn't add much to high, but reduces the burn time from 4hrs to 3hrs.
It's also reassuring to know you've got a second beam going if you suspect the Hope's batteries are running low - because they just cut out completely without warning.
|10th November 2009||#25|
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more detail of the bits of kit in the offer:
http://thephotonshop.co.uk/page22.htm - LD20
or http://thephotonshop.co.uk/page23.htm - L2D
or http://thephotonshop.co.uk/page37.htm - TK11
comes with TWOFISH LOCKBLOCK BIKE MOUNTED TORCH HOLDER. from
standard and R2 versions of the TK11 will be included in the offer.
Note: Murtle tested the 'smooth for enhanced throw' reflector on the LD20.
Rather than the orange peel for enhanced spill.
the L2D is 'softer' with more spill by default.
the LD20 with orange peel is apparently 'between the two' - more like the Hope pattern of output but more[tm].
|10th November 2009||#31|
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i am not really too up on the terminology or what is considered best for different purposes
however i am unlikely to be off roading, so which of these lights would give the better beam for commuting and night rides on country roads
am sure that some facetious fucker will suggest i shove a fucking bright light far enough up my arse that I just have to look forwards and open my mouth to light the path in front...
but hopefully i will find a vaguely sensible response somewhere
|10th November 2009||#35|
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when you add yourself to the list I will PM you your discount code. there. sorted :)
the procedure then:
1) wait for the PM from me - or prod me if you haven't received one.
2) go to http://thephotonshop.co.uk/
3) add to your basket the torch(es) you want.
4) put your discountcode in the NOTES section of the checkout page. OR email to the address I will send with the discount code and pay your bill. a free mount will be added to the order.
5) await postman.
The Photon Shop are the UK Distributor for Fenix and are your first point of contact for any issues etc. They're lovely to deal with :)
thanks to Murtle for the review
and thanks to The Photon Shop (http://thephotonshop.co.uk) for putting this together with me :)
|10th November 2009||#36|
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if you go for 2 torches, you could consider 2 x LD20, one with the 'orange peel' lens (for wider beam = enhanced spill but less distance) and one with the 'smooth reflector' for distance 'enhanced throw' and powah.
'Choice of reflectors - smooth for enhanced throw, orange peel for enhanced spill.'
as it says on the site.
|10th November 2009||#38|
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and some more info ref your LD20 choices:
"There isn't a huge difference between LD20 smooth and OP reflectors, new model with clip comes in OP only, as a result. For the classic model, OP is recommended.
L2D offers more of a flood beam for those that want it."
so saying, if you check the spill of the test torch, it's pretty damn good anyway. so there we go.
But if you want real flood + distance maybe L2D + LD20 might do the trick. not tested tho, YMMV.
Last edited by alien; 10th November 2009 at 18:04. Reason: changing based on info received. YMMV etc.
|11th November 2009||#40|
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Do they really sell that mount for £8?
I don't mean to take anything from those who've sorted a dsicount but have you seen what you can buy at dealextreme? Worth checking before rushing into this. I bought 2x 230 lumen (tiny) Cree torches, 6x batteries, charger and mounts for £40 inc postage.
Last edited by miro_o; 11th November 2009 at 01:09.
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