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    Best Helmet mounted light for the $$$

    So What do you guys think is the best Helmet mounted light for the money? I want to spend as little as possible but want something really good.

    This should fine right?

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...r+Solmate.aspx

    What do you really get for the extra $100 for this? The description doesn't make my want to pay $100 more...

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...nduro+Hid.aspx
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    My personal opinion...
    but nothing compares to a good HID light.

    I've been using a Jet Lites HID helmet light for the last 2-3 years. Never had a problem with it, its like having your own sun on your helmet.
    Only issue is the 3.5 hour burn time.

    Sure it was $$$, but its been well worth it for me.

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    I don't think the Solmate is worth the money; not enough lumens to be bright enough. The Enduro will be really bright, but HID is on it's way out as a technology and replacement bulbs are extremely expensive. I use the Dinotte 200L-AA as a helmet mount light, and another one on my bars. It 's an LED, which means the bulb burns for thousands of hours, puts out 200 lumens (almost twice as bright as the Solmate), and the best part (to me) is that it runs on rechargeable AA batteries (2 hour run time), which means that no specialized batteries are involved (same batteries as my camera, my commuter blinkie, flashlights, etc.) and replacements are cheap and easily found. I run the one with a shorter cord and mount the battery pack on the helmet as well, for no annoying cords tying me to my camelbak. It runs about $150 per light.

    Dinotte link:
    http://store.dinottelighting.com/sha...unt2=113837838

    Nashbar link (better price):
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...Front%20Lights

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    Hard to beleive it's that bright with just 4 AA's. Do you own stock in the company?
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    Hey Lucky B . I have been using niterider for 10 yrs now. I currently
    have a NR HID on my helmet and i have 3 different LED models for
    the handlebar. I have the Tri newt, Mi newt and Mi newt X2. I use
    each one at different times -bikes. Use the HID on helmet or if you
    want to go with LED use the Tri Newt. very bright.. I have only had
    a few small problems over the yrs, great customer service from them too..
    Peace ,
    Johnny K

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    MinewtX2

    is the way to go . used it for the first time out at the Old Pueblo and it was solid! Uber light and it was super bright. I would recomend it to anyone.

    Mike
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    These are awesome, and NO CORD. Yeah, not cheap.

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    The Princton Tec EOS is the best lightweight light I have used for only $35. I have the MiNewt, HID ARC Ion, and Minet x2 for 24 hour races, but for any other ride, I use the EOS.

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    My next bike related purchase will probably be the SolMate. I have the MiNewt Dual for the bars, but want to be able to see where I am looking too, not JUST where the bars are pointed. I wish the batteries were a little cheaper though. Wouldnt mind a spare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pool_monkey
    is the way to go . used it for the first time out at the Old Pueblo and it was solid! Uber light and it was super bright. I would recomend it to anyone.

    Mike
    +1 for the Minewt X2!
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