The lifeline front light is simple to use and very affordable.
Weighing in at 115g it isn't too heavy either, unless that few grams does make a difference to you. But in reality for the casual to the committed cyclist, it offers a great little light that will see you down some pretty dark roads.
I have to say, it isn't the best looking light, but in the grand scheme of things, it is dark when you use it, which means that performance is the key factor when it comes to lights. Some people prefer something with a lot of lumen, and with lights going much brighter than this, there is a lot on the market. However, with more lumen, comes a higher price tag.
It is worth considering what you need a light to do before spending over £100 on a light bright enough to light up a whole road.
The Lifeline is perfect for a number of activities both on and off road. I tried it on well lit streets, to darker paths and felt safe enough that I could be seen by other road users, as well as see in front of me.
The light has three modes, all accessed by a single button on top. The first mode is high beam, which will last you around an hour. If you use this one constantly, it is worth being aware that it will run out, and I would only advise using this when you really need it, due to its time limitations.
In the second mode (low light), it will last a respectable 4 hours and this is perfect for commuting with. The third mode is a flashing mode, again good for commuting and increasing visibility and you get around 9 hours in this mode. If your journey is a mix of dark paths and lit streets, it is really easy to quickly change between modes.
Charging uses a USB cable, meaning you can easily recharge it at work before your journey home. It takes 4 hours from a dead light to be fully charged again.
It comes with a really easy to use bike mount and has three rubber size adjusters, fitting the majority of handlebars. It is quick to get the light on and off the mount, even with gloves on. The same goes for operating the light with gloves on. The button is easy to press with or without gloves.
The beam is really decent. The light is hooded, meaning that it has a slightly longer top than bottom, and this cuts the beam off. This works really quite well and doesn't then blind oncoming traffic, whilst being bright enough for you to see.
Testing the water resistance of the light wasn't difficult in Scotland. It has rained a lot lately. It is worth noting that the light isn't waterproof (nor does it claim to be), but water resistant. This means it will, and does, withstand a short shower.
The price of the light is really not bad. If you look around it can be cheaper and it is a good light for the price. It is easy to use and perfect as a multi-purpose commuter/weekend rider light.