Andy McCandlish

Andy McCandlish
Scott Trail MTN Dryo 20 waterproof mountain bike jacket

There's two main categories that we've grouped here: ultra-light windproof jackets, and the more capable and slightly bulkier waterproofs. All share the same attributes — simple design, lightweight fabric and…

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drumlanrig

Situated in the heart of 7Stanes country, Drumlanrig stands alone. Its natural, rooty trails prove there’s life outside the Forestry Commission bubble.

xeccon zeta 1300r

The Xeccon Zeta 1300R's wide beam pattern smoothly lighting up the trail in front is what we tend to look for in a bar mount.

niterider lumina 1100

It is a bit of a surprise to find that a helmet mount isn’t actually included in the - already pretty salty - price of the Niterider Lumina 1100.

moon vortex pro

Although the Moon Vortex Pro is sold as 900 lumens, we found it was almost indistinguishable from the Blackburn Central 650 lumen unit on test.

gemini duo 1500l

Although the Gemini Duo 1500L is the most expensive of our ‘helmet’ lights, is it also one of the most versatile.

blackburn central 650

The Blackburn Central 650 comes with what they describe as a ‘universal mount,’ which is supposed to manage both bar and helmet mount duties.

lumicycle explorer 2

The Lumicycle Explorer 2 differs from the previous model by utilising only one LED at the lower power levels to save on power and extend burn times.

ITUO Wiz-XP3

With 2300 lumens the ITUO Wiz-XP3 pushes some serious candlepower down the trail and, despite the very reasonable price, it doesn’t skimp on build quality.

hope r4

Hope R4+ readily showcases the advantages of a Hope. Every mounting piece is precisely crafted, every connection and switch is crisp and positive.

alpkit hadron

The Alpkit Hadron is an excellent option if you are on a budget, particularly if backed up by a helmet mount to sweep up the close in and peripheral work.

exposure joystick

The Exposure Joystick Mk11 is at the upper end, price-wise, but low profile, lightweight and has a near perfect beam and focus.

exposure maxx-d

In a world where external battery packs and endless cabling constitute the norm, Exposure Maxx-D all in one approach is a breath of fresh air.

mabie forest

With the remnants of ideas and experiments to be found at every turn, riding in Mabie Forest is like taking a tour through a trail-building laboratory