Initial Review: Light & Motion Stella 300 and Vis180
I’ve said this before, but there’s no such thing as too many lights when commuting through a major city, especially one that loves its cars so much like LA. With a mantra like that, I’m a natural choice for testing lights here at Bike Rumor, so I see quite a few at my doorstep. However, when I recently saw a Light & Motion light in person, I knew they were up my alley and sought out a headlight to test. What arrived in that magical box was a Stella 300 and surprise Vis180, the latter of which is already in the hands of another of our testers, Marc. Check out more details on the lights, plus my initial reaction after a couple rides, after the jump…
The reason that I got the Stella 300 is because the light I saw in person was a Stella 400, which I subsequently borrowed for a week or so. I thought it was a good comparison to get the 300 after experiencing the same ride with a 400. Installation was a breeze and I was immediately happier with the single lamp design of the 300, because it allowed me to use an autonomous blinking light in conjunction with the high-powered lamp, although there was a huge excess of cable (which you can see under the stem in the pic) I wasn’t expecting. I would have preferred an extension cable necessary for the helmet mount, rather than needing to bunch up the cable when mounted to the bike. On the ride, the difference between the 300 and 400 was negligible. 300 lumens is just plain a lot of light, and this light does a great job of lighting the road for me.
Run Time: High- 4:00 Med- 8:00 Low- 16:00
System Weight: 285 gr
I wasn’t expecting to get a Vis180 in this package, so I wasn’t sure what to think. Through all my testings, I always came back to my trusty rear setup; a PDW Radbot 1000 on the bike, and a Planet Bike SuperFlash on my bag. I wasn’t quite sure anything would ever oust them.
Then I played around with the Vis180 for a bit after it was charged up.
This light is stupid, stupid bright. I’m very impressed by the side amber lights too. It seems that a lot of companies attempt something like that, but never get it quite right. After riding this light home the first night, I am nearly speechless. It’s so bright that you can see it from the saddle, illuminating the ground around the rear wheel. If anything, it may be TOO bright; I’ll be playing with all the settings too see if maybe the lower settings are more ideal. It’s worth noting that mine came with the cable, unlike Marc’s, so they clearly heard that criticism. I am also a big fan of the bracket. It seems janky at first, but it stays put remarkably well, and the design allows the light to lock securely onto straps/belts/etc.
Run Time: High- 4:00 Pulse- 8:00
System Weight: 131 gr
So my initial reaction is: impressed. Stay tuned for a long term review after I’ve put them though some abuse.
(Unfortunately, I don’t have one of those fancy Park Tools gram scales like some of the other testers, so I can’t confirm nor deny any of the weights listed on the L&M website. However I will say that the Stella 300 was lighter than I thought it would be, and the Vis180 is heavier than I thought it’d be.)