Topeak's Highlite Combo II lightset has taken me by surprise with its blend of sleek styling and sensible ninety-odd hour output (flashing)-perfect for uncluttered, dynamo equipped sportives or those early season rides that just slip past dusk. That said, common to this type of light, the otherwise excellent rubberised ring type handlebar bracket struggled to cope with my super oversize WTB drops; and they’re water-resistant as opposed to waterproof so don’t forget that all-important blob of silicone grease/Vaseline on the battery contacts to keep mother nature at bay.
Fuelled by two CR2032 watch type cells, at heart these are honest to goodness two mode, three LED (four rear) secondary lights with simple rubberised brackets. . Build quality is generally good. Both survived (as distinct from passing) my garden hose test, needing a squirt of water displacer to bring them back from the brink, although challenging weather hasn’t brought any nasty surprises.
Positive, yet user-friendly switches are easily operable in winter gloves but aren’t susceptible to impromptu engagement in the bottom of bags, panniers or pockets. Access to batteries, bulbs and batteries is simply a question of unscrewing the lens-everything slides conveniently out- easier still with the Redlite which opens courtesy of a simultaneous press and twist coin-slot back.
The rubberised loop brackets bear marked similarity to Nite Rider, although the rear post mount felt squishy and slightly low rent. To be fair, this affords a sculpted and secure fit around most round posts between 25.4 and 27.2nn diameters but ours required a little more persuasion when embracing an oversized post.
Performance is pretty impressive considering their size; producing a very pure white/red beam visible from around three to three hundred metres in steady, three- fifty in flashing without being lost in the town centre melange. Peripheral visibility is equally pleasing thanks to the white-lite’s clear halo and red lite’s horseshoe pattern but for all their usefulness and frugality in an urban setting they remain firmly secondary/contingency lights beyond the suburbs.
Good value round town or secondary lights but weather proofing could be improved.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Topeak Highlite Combo II LED light set
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
"A great value combination purchase! The
top selling Whitelite II and Redlite II in one set".
Generally very pleasant to use and good value for money but even with 90 odd hours flashing and 40 steady, they faces some very stiff competition from the like of Blackburn.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, although competition is really fierce at this end of the market.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)