From the moment you pick up this light it is clear this is different then what you are used to. It feels quality, it looks durable, yet it is lightweight and everything on it looks like it was designed with a purpose. That is because it was.
Utilizing years of experience designing automotive LED headlights, the Outbound team developed the Trail Edition light to meet the needs of even the most demanding single-track riders. A wide even illumination is unlike anything you’ve experienced, and it helps create the most comfortable and safe night riding experience you’ve ever had. You will maintain your depth perception thanks to the well-engineered reflector that puts every lumen exactly where it’s required.
Voted “Best Overall Bike Light’ by Pinkbike.com
Engineered & built in Chicago, IL
- Durable carrying case
- Trail Edition Lighthead with bar mount installed
- 6400 mAH 4-cell LG brand lithium-ion battery pack
- 120V AC Wall Charger (We have EU and AU chargers available)
- Go Pro Mount adapter
- Instruction Manual
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The Trail Edition was developed from a desire to finally have a bike headlight that performed as good as a car headlight. There is nothing magical about why you can comfortably drive a car on the highway at 80mph with headlights that only put out around 1000 lumens. The trick is in the beam pattern and the headlight design.
Most bike lights are simply just flashlights with a mount for the handlebar, and a nice case around it. You can easily tell when there is a circular bowl that makes up the reflector, or when you turn on the light and see a circle on the wall. These are great for walking in the woods for rummaging around in your basement. It’s a different story when you are bombing down a twisty trail.
Car headlights are designed to hit different lighting targets at different horizontal and vertical angles, this is called the beam pattern. Lots of research and engineering has gone into what creates the ideal spread of light, while maximizing every lumen available. In order to control light this accurately you need highly specialized software and a reflector that can re-direct light exactly where it is needed.
We spent hours in the woods mapping out exactly how much light we wanted and where, and then hundreds of hours simulating, tweaking, simulating, tweaking, and simulating some more to build a beam pattern that was what we wanted for Trail Riding. The result is something unlike anything you’ve ridden behind, unless you’ve managed to strap a full car headlight to your bike!
The wide even illumination across the horizon line lets your eyes taken in an enormous amount of information, even in your peripheral view you can still pick up light that cameras and video can’t capture. However, the real secret sauce is the integrated light carpet that evenly illuminates the ground from the front of your tire all the way to where you are looking. This is not an easy thing to make without it looking spotty or too bright. This video helps demonstrate!
You may think that the only thing we have going for our light is the beam pattern. The great thing about a properly engineered reflector is that it helps in all other aspects of the bike light.
When you have a reflector that efficiently uses every lumen available and develops a beam pattern that is not only bright, but is perceived to be brighter by your eyes, then you can operate with much lower lumens than a typical bike light
The reason for this is because with a typical bike light, you either have too much light (intense hotspot) that overpowers your peripheral vision and makes it feel like you are riding in a tunnel, and so in order to feel more comfortable you need even brighter output to light up what’s around you. More output = more lumens = more power = more heat = shorter battery life = heavier components.
Let’s break this down more.
More lumens obviously requires more input power since most LED’s have around the same lumen per watt rating. More power is going to generate more heat which then requires a larger heat sink in order to get rid of that heat. Though when you can build a bike light that uses less lumens to generate a brighter beam pattern through proper engineering… well then… now you can have a smaller heat sink, so it’s lighter weight, and use less power, so you can have longer battery life than the equivalent light. All win win.
So let’s talk batteries.
We use genuine LG Chem Lithium Ion cells for a few reasons. One being safety, with cheap lithium ion batteries it’s often questionable what is inside, how well they are constructed, and if they have protection circuits built in. Second being performance. We ran tests on several battery packs of varying price and quality to determine if it really was worth the premium for the name-brand battery packs.
Turns out that it is! As you can see by the chart above, all the battery packs tested were claimed to be the same power output, but the LG Chem battery pack outperformed the cheap ones by a large margin. So we decided that in order to match our high quality light head, we needed to provide a high quality battery pack.
The battery pack is covered with over molded silicone to make it entirely waterproof, and wrapped in a grippy yet stretchable neoprene pouch that lets you quickly mount it onto the bike, without any worrying about scratching a frame.
Can’t talk batteries without discussing runtime right? Thanks to a very efficient driver system, we can squeeze out nearly 3 hours of runtime on high. By default when the light is turned on it goes to the “Adaptive Mode” which is a timed mode that starts on high for 15 minutes, and then over the course of 30 minutes it drops to Medium as your eyes adapt to the darkness. Nothing fancy, but it helps extend your runtime by over an hour, and since the light changes so slowly as your eyes adapt the perceived brightness stays the same.
Some riders obsess about weight (you know who you are!), and for good reason. It’s not fun lugging around pounds of weight. One of the goals with the light was to have as light of a system as possible. The light head is made of die cast magnesium casting, which is almost as light as plastic, but can act as a great heatsink. The light head weight is 100g, and the battery is a lightweight 316g.
Each light comes with a bar mount that has an integrated air scoop to force air into the back of the light, further increasing the efficiency. The silicone-acrylic strap is unbreakable (though please don’t try to purposefully break it…) and quickly yet securely mounts to your handlebar. For helmet use or to adapt onto any other types of mounts every light has a GoPro adapter designed to fit the wide variety of accessories out there.
We know you are demanding on your equipment. Big jumps, rock gardens, even the occasional crash. One of the leading causes of failures on bike lights is solder joints failing. That is why the driver and input wires for the Trail Edition feature no soldered joints. They are all high quality connectors that are applied via an SMT machine in our electronics facility just outside of Kansas City, MO. We test the light several times during assembly to ensure the highest quality
You can check out how we assemble each light here
Every light comes with a 3 year warranty , and a 30-day love-it-or-return-it guarantee. If you don’t think this light is the best damn bike light you’ve used. Send it back and we’ll give you a full refund and pay for the shipping. Think of it as a risk-free trial.
We are a very small company, taking on the big names in the industry. Every light is hand built at our workshop in Chicago. Every customer is special to us and we really appreciate your business. We will do anything we can to assist you, feel free to reach out if you have more questions or need help figuring out what light you need!
|Peak Intensity||60 lux|
|LED Chip||1×5 Lumiled Altilon|
|LED Driver Efficiency||96%|
|Input Voltage||7.4V, max 14V|
|Battery||7.4V 6400 mAH|
|Battery Brand||LG Electronics|
|Charge Time||4.5 hours|
|Run Time||2.8 to 13 hours|
|Dimensions||56 x 61 x 48mm|
|Materials||Magnesium, Silicone, ABS|
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Customer ReviewsWrite a review
Awesome light. First use was a night time gravel ride and performed excellent. Had a hiccup with the first unit I received however Tom was more than helpful and got the issue squared away within a few days. Highly recommend
I did a great deal of research on a light for my big electric scooter and figured out there were a handful that used beamforming to spread it out horizontally instead of one small but super-hot spot. Then I found the three models available. Two were in the $50 range and I bought one. It was fine but the mount was complete crap. So bad I couldn't use it without acquiring an aftermarket gopro style one.
So then I went for the $200 model; the Trail. I was originally going to get the Road version (the $50 one had the same beam pattern; a horizontal cutoff) but went Trail as my area has little non-car traffic.
Beam is awesome, fit and finish are gorgeous, and mounting it took about 30s. Wrap the strap around, pull, and fit the tab to the right notch. Same with the battery except it's velcro and the neoprene means it's locked hard to my vertical stem; no sliding down. The LEDs are mounted at the top facing down with a reflector that spreads all the goodness horizontally so I can see all the road/trail. And now cars think I'm a motorcycle and stay further away!
I thought I had a problem with the charger and emailed CustServ at 6pm on a Sat and within about 5min had notification another was shipping Monday. Figured out all was fine later that day but it did ship when promised. The $50 light took a good 5 days in between responses with no resolution.
Bought 2 sets of Trail lights to ride my MTB by night on rugged and very dark trails. With the 2 units on (1 on the handlebar and 1 on the top of my helmet) I was able to see better than during the day ! I also use the lights on my commuter bike.
After a pretty intensive use, I had an issue with one set and Matt got me a replacement unit in not time.
I saw the new unit includes USB charging on the go and it seems like a great addition to me !
Long live Outbound Lighting.
I knew while reading the description on the website that I was purchasing a quality product. When it arrived I was absolutely blown away. It is without a doubt the best bike headlight I’ve ever seen. Quality built and extremely bright. I have not had the chance to use it on a trail yet but I’m sure it’ll be just as impressive. I plan on getting the road edition for my gravel bike. Thanks for making a great product.
Seems fairly well made. The beam pattern is quite good: even distribution over a wide angle. It's not quite enough for riding singletrack without a helmet light if you want to go fast.
A few details are a bit annoying:
The connector plug for the cable from the light to the battery is incredibly tight, and out of the box it was almost impossible to disconnect the plug. I had to work on it with some sandpaper and then add a tiny bit of grease to fix it. I guess they're trying to make this waterproof, but both sides of the connector are just hard plastic without any rubber o-rings for sealing. On a $200 light there should be $1 in the budget for a quality connector.
There are 5 green LEDs that tell you the battery level. They are on at all times and they are very bright. The light is intended to be used in the dark, so it's not useful or necessary for these LEDs to be blasting maximum brightness into my eyes at all times.
The brightness of the light is quite high. I find the lowest level to be sufficient for riding singletrack in complete darkness. The highest level overheats the light after about 10 seconds and it automatically switches to the next lower level. I'm not sure why the super-high setting even exists if it only works for 10 seconds. And this was in 32 (F) degree weather in the rain, pretty much the best scenario for cooling the light.
The mounting strap for the light itself is pretty good. The mounting strap for the battery could use more velcro to support more options for mounting on frame tubes of different diameters.
In summary, it's a decent light, but a lot of details are not very well thought out, not much attention to detail.
Nikolas, the thermal protection throttling you mention should not be happening that quickly, that sounds like a defective thermistor internally, I'll contact you via email and get you a replacement unit ASAP.
Great battery life even in the cold, dark night. Really appreciate the beam pattern... The whole trail is illuminated perfectly. Great light!
Why bring a light ?To see where you’re going.Outbound makes it happen, and then some.Professional equipment at a fair price.
I rode on a windy dark night in the beginnings of a snowstorm. This light illuminated 8-10 feet on either side of the singletrack I was riding. It just might enable me to ride with a SINGLE light. Thank You.