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    Anyone try chest-mounted lights

    I'm back and I'm finishing up the Lights here for review.

    I'm playing with The TrailTorch TT1800 and it says it's GoPro mount compatible. I mounted it on my GoPro chest mount and it works pretty good. I rode around the block and stuff.

    It is stable and centered and it's got some torso aiming. Only danger is it can shine on my eyes if I'm not careful. But in normal position, it seems out of the way.

    Anybody have any experience with this? What do you all think of this mount position?

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    The handlebar shadow isn't obtrusive? I can't really see the benefit over helmet mounting, or would it replace bar mounting?
    Also I see trouble when donning and doffing a shell.
    Another thought: Looks like broken ribs or even sternum if you land on your chest.

    My vote is: why?
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    Nice work on the lights review so far this year btw, I went ahead, finally, and upgraded to an XML3 with a new 400L. Very reasonable setup.
    "...like sex with the trail." - Boe

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    I don't think that setup flies for me for biking. I'm thinking arm shadows could be distracting, not to mention body motions when riding terrain. Could be the ticket for things like skiing.

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    I wouldn't use it like that due to the shadows, as seen in the pics.
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    I would think that if I got my rear out of the saddle for a fast downhill section, the light would be aimed in closer right when I needed throw the most. Add the shadows and a lump on my chest I don't want to land on and you have what I call a bad idea.

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    The glare off the handlebar would be too distracting for me.
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    I would be concerned about chest injuries in the event of a crash. For something along the lines of a GoPro camera with rounded plastic edges, it would seem harmless to have it strapped to your chest, but that chunk of aluminum looks downright menacing.

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    Good feedback. I'll try it out gently and see if there's any advantage. So far it sounds like all disadvantages.

    What about other mounting options like mounting it in front of the bike above the tire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Good feedback. I'll try it out gently and see if there's any advantage. So far it sounds like all disadvantages.

    What about other mounting options like mounting it in front of the bike above the tire?

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    The lower mounting of the light will cast more shadows on the terrain. Advantage would be the lower center of gravity though .

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    Quote Originally Posted by baymoe View Post
    The lower mounting of the light will cast more shadows on the terrain. Advantage would be the lower center of gravity though .
    he, he, he.... the true advantage is you can look like Iron Man with a glowing chest.

    There's some mounts here that are interesting!!

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    I think there would be a huge advantage if you were on a big group night ride on a dusty trail. I have nearly blinded myself a few times with dust in my face. I think not having the weight on your helmet would be pretty sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Good feedback. I'll try it out gently and see if there's any advantage. So far it sounds like all disadvantages.

    What about other mounting options like mounting it in front of the bike above the tire?

    fc
    I think that most of the alternate locations would only be useful(somehow) as lighting options for filming purposes.

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