|Fiat lux: let there be light! And the canal path was lit.|
At the tail end of a product's life cycle, just before complete discontinuation, there's usually a short period of deep discounting to deplete stocks so that the new units, which are typically remarkably similar to the old units, can take center stage. I'm sure the new Eye Scorcher 9000s have features to recommend them, too, but price isn't one of them. When I saw the Niterider TriNewt at end-of-life closeout prices, I had to get one. Back when this model was $400+, that seemed too much for a bicycle light to me, and made the Magicshine and its brethren appear positively economical. But when the TriNewt showed up for just a little more than the Magicshine I picked one up.
I've had good experience with the quality and durability of previous Niterider lights, so that was also a selling point for me. In use, I found this one to have an excellent beam pattern: it illuminates everything in front of me very clearly, and also makes me very visible to cars, as well as other cyclists, pedestrians, and possibly airline passengers cruising at 37,000 feet.
One of the books I bought at the 2011 VNSA book sale, "The Complete Book of Long Distance and Competitive Cycling" by Tom Doughty (1983) (with Ed Pevelka and Barbara George), says this on p.30: "In general I advise against riding at night, because too many bad things can happen, most of them the fault of inadequate lighting on the bike." I did ride quite a bit at night back in 1983, usually late at night to get home from work, with no lights whatsoever. I believe my approach for my bike was "hide it in the buses behind the restaurant". I did try a few different versions of lights you could buy for bicycles then, usually feeble little filament lights that hardly seemed worth it. I still have an old Cateye that runs on two D cells that I could use for comparison, but there's no point since there's no comparison. This TriNewt with its LiON battery addresses the concerns that Tom Doughty raised about riding at night. It's going to be tough to get me to ever use a lesser light. Get up. Go ride.