Cateye revolutionized mountain bike lighting a few years ago with the Stadium, the first ever HID mountain bike headlamp. With a beam equivalent to an 80 Watt halogen bulb from its 20 Watt Xenon lamps, the Stadium put out more light than just about anyone could actually use and quickly found itself competing with less powerful but substantially lighter HID systems, usually based on 12 Watt HID systems.
The Triple Shot and Double Shot are effectively Cateye's replacements for the Stadium. Instead of going for ultimate power this time, Cateye has tried to strike a balance between light output and weight, so the Shots use rapidly emerging white LED technology to put out the light, powered by NiMH battery packs. Double Shot has two three Watt LEDs and is intended for helmet of handlebar mounting, while Triple Shot has three LEDs and no helmet mount in the pack. Both units come with the same 2700mAh battery pack which gives a claimed run time of just over three hours for the Triple Shot and five for the Double.
In our 'point the light at your colleagues' tests in the office, both Shots produce significant spots before your eyes and throw a bright beam that's easily seen even under strong indoor lighting. We like the look of construction details such as the locking plug and socket connecting battery and lamp, and the universal charger that will run off just about anything and charge the battery in three hours. More when we've had some night-time trail time.
See the rest of the New Arrivals in the tech section here.