REVIEWED: Exposure Flare Rear Light ($70)

REVIEW IN SIX WORDS:

Bright blinkie. Small package. Some quirks. 

FULL REVIEW:

To get through the shorter and noticeably grayer days that comprise winter in Seattle, I’ve been on the lookout for a rear blinkie for my road bike that doesn’t scream commuter (no offense to the super flash – it’s a solid light and I use one on my…commuter, but I wanted something more aesthetically pleasing for my road bike). Another requirement (besides the obvious – be bright) was that I wanted some sort of peripheral visibility from the light. Enter the Exposure Flare.

Function wise, the Flare is plenty bright from behind while offering diffused light on the sides. Design wise, it’s pretty solid. The entire package of the Flare is not much bigger than the battery it houses. Think of it as a mini flashlight. The on/off function is accomplished by twisting the lens cap. The light mount is solid and the light is easily secured using the included silicon band and mount that attaches to your seatpost. I sprung for an optional saddle mount that hides the whole light under the saddle, making it a nice, discreet package (this may not work if you run a saddle bag). I’ve used it over the winter and can say so far it’s been pretty solid, but it’s not without some quirks, which I’ve detailed below in the “cons” section.

Should you get one? If you have $105 to shell out for the light($70) and the rechargeable batteries + charger ($35), go for it, otherwise, you can find a light that is similarly bright for less. The superflash (~$30) and the niterider vis180 micro ($50) are options but from what I’ve read, they too have their pros and cons.

PROS

  • Small
  • Plenty bright
  • Easy to operate
  • Solid mount

CONS

  • Pricey
  • Non-standard battery (invest in the rechargeable batteries and charger)
  • Twist lens cap light activation means that if you loosen the cap too much, you might compromise the weatherproof integrity 
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