Love it! Super bright and easy to use, only problem I have is on really rough trails, slips on the big bumps, I'm talking the bumps that use my full suspension travel on my 140 mm fork. Looking for a better way to keep from slipping. I hate to slow down and one handed is not really an option when it slips, I also have a helmet light so I can still see, if this were the only light the slipping would be a huge problem. Light spread is excellent, oval shaped beam covers a wide angle on the trail.
The strobe option needs a lower power setting, 400 lumens on the blink would be fine, 1200 is blinding to oncoming drivers.
I commute an hour and a half each way to work. This light is super bright for the streets/bike path with no lights. The Taz 1200 casts a consistent beam that provides full coverage of your surroundings. Because my commute is at the upper limit of the battery life on the high setting, I have to be conserve battery life by switching to a lower setting when there is street/ambient light.
I purchased this light to increase my visibility to vehicles. With the number of people texting and simply not paying attention as they drive, I thought it was important to communicate my presence on the road with the high density flashing light mode offered with the Light & Motion Taz 1200. It's easy to charge and each charge lasts a long time.
The instructions are clear and the controls are intuitive to use. Well built and worth the cost.
The best things about this light:
I use this for commuting. Usually, I have a flat land commute, but sometimes I will go deep into the hills and end up with a 30 mile, 2500' ride home in the dark.
Here's a few typical scenarios:
I should mention that at home I charge the light while it is still mounted on my bars. I only take it off if I need to charge it at work (rare) or if I'm doing a daytime ride on the weekend. Even then it's no big deal to remove/install the light. It literally takes less than 10 seconds to take it off and 20 seconds to put it on.
Also the handlebar mount works without any trouble for me and does not move when going over bumps. If your light is moving then just stretch the rubber strap a bit and tighten it one more notch.
- High quality. I am really impressed with how the light's build feels.
- It is surprisingly small. I have a Planet Bike headlight mounted next to it and the L&M isn't much bigger.
- Great light spread. It is great for commuting to be able to see debris and also light up the sides of the road for more visibility. Being seen AND being able to SEE what is on the road, especially at speed is very nice.
- The USB port cover is easy to remove but not too easy. It won't come off unexpectedly. And if it did, it is attached to the light.
- Race mode is great. LowHigh are the two settings I use 99% of the time. Being able to switch between them is perfect.
- Battery life seems good so far.
- Cars seem to see me much more easily (e.g. People don't back out of their driveways) and I feel like I've had fewer conflicts at intersections, I think because people can in cars can see me without trying.
- I've already contact L&M customer service because a piece was missing in the box. They were immediately helpful.
- My only complaint is the non-user replaceable battery. I have to hope that getting it replaced at a later date isn't difficult or expensive.
- Slightly fiddly mount. You can definitely make it stable but I am used to fixed mounts so it i something I am getting used to.
- Moderate throw. For exclusive trail riding there may be better lights.
- I feel like a slight tool for having such a bright light (now I am THAT guy). I try and only use the 1200 level when I really need it and make sure it is angled appropriately to not blind people. Low (300 lumens) is fine for most situations where there is street lighting.
- Exposure lights have similar models at a similar price point but the beam pattern is more of a spot. I found the Taz's pattern better for my needs. One bonus for the Exposure lights You can hook up an external battery in a pinch.
If you want to light up the road for commutes and don't want an external battery, I think the Taz is a great choice if you can handle the price.