You asked for it, and we have delivered. A self-contained light designed specifically for mountain biking and helmet mounting. Named after the famous trail in Sedona, AZ.
- 100g total weight with integrated mount.
- 90 minutes of strong output, with the ability to charge-on-the-go.
- 0-80% charge in 1 hour with standard USB-C.
- Incredible beam pattern designed with helmet mounting in mind.
- Ultra-slim form factor.
In our effort to continuously improve our products, we acted on a lot of the issues raised in earlier reviews when we launched Hangover in late 2019. The reported hum was fixed with a software update, we have updated the material for the USB door so it stays closed better, we updated our runtime numbers and provided an exact runtime chart along with updating the modes to better understand the exact runtime that is expected. Any customer with an older light that has these issues can contact us for an exchange!
We know what you want from the best helmet mounted bike light. Lightweight, ultra-slim form factor, incredible output, easy to use, and being able to recharge quickly is always a plus. So we did just that and developed the Hangover.
A helmet mounted bike light designed from the ground up to be exactly that, no bulky adapters, no wires, no nonsense.
This is how we did it:
For starters, we developed the optic in-house, from the ground up. You can’t have a great light without a great optic, so we put hundreds of hours into simulation and prototypes to develop a beam pattern that fills your entire field of view with the light you need, not just a spot down the trail.
The blended TIR optic uses precision engineering to finely tune the beam shape, eliminating the typical “round hotspot” edges by redirecting portions of the beam to where you need it most, creating a dramatically smoother beam. Creating a Light Carpet around your periphery allows you to see and react to the whole trail and not get “tunnel vision” with harsh edges. The smoother the beam, the less strain on your eyes, the better you can see and the more comfortable your night ride is.
Then we focused on packaging. We absolutely wanted this to be the slimmest and lightest light on the market. So light you don’t even notice it on your head. So we put the battery sideways, used lightweight magnesium for the heat sink, lightweight PMMA with integrated overmolding for the lens, and an over-molded polycarbonate shell to form the top half.
The result is an incredible 100 grams total weight. Absolutely unheard of for a high power light.
Combine that featherweight with the fact that we can run this light at 100+ minutes of usable runtime and you start to wonder what else you could possibly need. Need to last longer than that? We are one of the only bike lights on the market that offer pass-through charging. So you can hook up any USB powerbank you may own and it will supplement the light as your ride goes on. Giving you unparalleled flexibility for your specific riding needs.
Let’s talk about runtimes for a second. The bike light industry tends to like to use the FL1 standard, which rates runtime as the time it takes to go from full brightness to 10% output, an outdated measure that harkens back to the days of using Alkaline batteries, and when you would swap out your flashlight battery… But this is 2020. We need to get real about runtimes. Nearly every single light on the market starts out full brightness and diminishes over time, and this is okay. Our eyes adapt to the darkness and as long as the reduction is gradual, we literally cannot tell the difference until reaching about 50-60% of the perceived brightness. Which is why we say that we have 100+ minutes of usable runtime in our standard Adaptive Mode, we aren’t going to call this “high” anymore and have a mode that isn’t actually high…. we made that mistake once.
Here is the expected runtime chart. This should be far more useful then just a single number. Also included is one of the more popular bike lights out there to reference how the typical “1 hour runtime” is advertised versus how it actually performs.
Our High, Medium and Low Modes are SOLID output modes that are designed for the rider that changes the light intensity often. Low and slow for the climbs, maximum output for the fast descent. Medium is the perfect setting when paired with the Trail Edition or another Hangover on the handlebars to get nearly 3 hours of runtime. Adaptive is for the rider that hits the trail hard right from the parking lot and doesn’t want to think about changing output often. Just set it and forget it and get 90+ minutes of runtime.
Every mode has a 20-minute reserve that drops to low, we don’t want you getting stuck in the woods with no warning, or no way to get out in time. Plus let’s be honest, if you left it on high you probably were really only going to get another 3 minutes of runtime before totally going out, so lets put in a safety measure…
No excuses anymore: Charge to 80% in 1 hour
Think for a second, how many times have you or a friend said “I can’t ride tonight, I forgot to charge my lights.” Typical bike lights take 3 hours to charge IF you paid for the “fast charge” feature, 6 hours if you didn’t.
With the Hangover, you can get an hour of runtime in just 30-40 minutes with a compatible QC 3.0 charger, and a nearly full charge in around an hour thanks to standard USB-C QC charging. That means you can plug it in while you’re getting ready, or driving to the trail, and be ready to go.
American Made Quality.
Like the Trail and Road Edition, these lights are built in our Chicago workshop. We put a massive amount of engineering work into making sure we can assemble our lights quickly, accurately, and with the highest quality to ensure that we keep production stateside for years to come. Backed with a no-questions-asked warranty and amazing customer service. We want you to be a customer, a friend, and an Outbound rider for life.
What is included?
- Hangover Light
- USB-C charging cable
- GoPro Helmet Mount with 3M VHB curved adhesive pad
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Customer ReviewsWrite a review
I’ve only got one ride in with my new Hangover light, but it went very well. Both my riding buddy and I were impressed with the brightness and the “flood” beam. I normally use one light on the bar and one on my helmet (which is where I had the Hangover for this ride) but was able to just use the Hangover for the entirety of the ride. Using it in the Adaptive mode for all but one FUN section, the light performed great.
Thus far, I only have two complaints. One is it’s a touch heavier than my other lights(for using on the helmet) and then the USB port cover does not stay closed very well after being charged. Both are not that big a deal for me, but that is why I only gave it 4 out 5. Over all I like this light quite a bit and am looking forward to this weeks night ride with it.
As an engineer in the automotive industry with experience in products w/optical design, as well as new product development, I really appreciate what Outbound Lighting is doing.
I waited a while to write a review, because I wanted to get some time with my Hangover light. Primarily, I ride mountain bikes and like to ride through the winter/dark season, and this is a big upgrade from previous single-LED cone reflector lights I am used to using.
The beam pattern makes much more efficient use of the battery/light setup they are working with, and I like how wide the pattern is. The weight is also pretty impressive for the visibility the light gives you. And the price is excellent relative to other options on the market.
Build quality is good, especially for a small company and a new product, and the light is well sealed and has been holding up well. The only complaints I have is the charging port rubber cap deforms and won't flex back to cover the charging port until it's left alone for a couple of hours, and the light makes a somewhat concerning humming noise when it is operating. However, there have been no ill effects, and I can't hear the humming when I am riding.
Keep doing what you're doing!
I haven't used it yet, but will take survey after I do.
I'm probably not exactly the target market for this headlight, but it's awesome. I have a OneWheel, that I prefer to ride at night so I have less competition with traffic. Waaay better to ride on the street than on the sidewalk. Anyway, the roads in my neighborhood aren't super great, tree roots, cracks, etc. and its good to have a light in the dark patches left by the street lights.
I started with the shredlights for my helmet, but the color was slightly off, and it wasn't super bright more than 5 feet in front of me. This light has better color, and brightness.
It's a little heavier, but not that much. My neck isn't getting sore or anything. It also just... feels solid. The adaptive setting works perfectly for me as well. Overall, yes, it's pricey, but I really think it's worth it.
Bought 2 of these for the bike trails that I use to get to and from work and have a pair of 10000 mah battery packs in frame bags, the passive usb function works as intended and I easily have over half capacity left on the packs after 11-15 miles full blast.
they definitely pack a wallop, but barely get warm to the touch, quality all around is excellent and they perform as intended.
I would highly recommend these to anyone hitting the trails, easily one of the best lights on the market in my humble opinion.