As we’ve come to expect with Niterider, the MiNewts are very well made, solid-feeling units, with a similarly built battery pack. The rubber band attachment to the bars is quick and easy, but could be more secure at times, we found, and could be a faff to fit or remove if your hands are cold.
You have to keep the battery pack handy because the switch is on it, but that is really no hardship as it straps securely to the stem and is plenty compact enough. It has a battery gauge built in too, showing red when there is around 30 minutes of juice left, and this is handily repeated in the head units, should your battery be stowed out of the way.
On the trail, we found the light adequate for off-roading, but not much more. Having two heads means you can tweak the light to where you need it the most, but with both lights putting out an identical light pattern, we felt they could have been improved with a spot/flood combo. A few testers would also have liked them independently switchable for an ultra-low-power single commuting light.
Overall, very pricey for a decidedly average light output and low burn time.
Mbr rating: 6
Light: Niterider MiNewt 400 Dual
Burn time on max: 1 hour 47min
Battery type: Velcro on hardcase
Brightness settings: 2 + Flash
Comes with bar mount