Review - NiteRider Solas 150 Rear Light
High-level build quality and designFrom the moment you un-box the NiteRider Solas 150, it is evident that this is not a flimsy rear safety light. The Solas is a range-topping, well-built unit; designed to offer hours of reliable use.
The Solas 150 is ranked IP64 Water Resistant, which is pretty respectable, though not quite as reassuring as those lights that claim complete waterproofing. However, I have bombarded the light with rear wheel spray over two months of testing, and it is still functioning faultlessly. It seems it is 'UK winter-proof' - which is as good as you need, in my book.
It is not just the unit itself that is well-designed and built; the mounting set-up is good too. The Solas 150 uses an easy-on seatpost strap, with a quick release tab. This two part mounting making it easy to slot into place, removes the fear that the elastic band may deteriorate with constant removal and stretching. The design also means you can use it with a bag clip.
Great quality build, and a well thought-out design.
Clever light modesWith two powerful LEDs, the NiteRider Solas 150 offers four different modes of operation: two flashing, and two steady.
The flashing modes are very visible. The clever flash sequences seem to maximise road-presence, even during bright daylight; while also helping to conserve battery life.
The two steady modes include a useful 'Group Ride' mode; this is a dimmer light that allows you to stay visible, but not distract other riders.
150 lumens is a serious output for a compact rear light, but the clever modes on the NiteRider Solas 150 seem to allow for a powerful punch, in a compact package.
OverallOverall, the NiteRider Solas 150 is quite easily one of the best made rear bike lights that I've used.
The design is easy to fit, and designed to last. Well thought-out waterproofing protects the micro-USB charging port; whilst a good strap design means you can reliably mount the light in multiple formats.
Couple the clever design with intelligent light modes, and you have a unit that should last many years or use, while providing an output and battery life that will keep you seen for many hours in the saddle.
|The bracket on the NiteRider Solas 150 is secure and durable - with a combined strap and clip-on design|
|Overall, the NiteRider Solas 150 is one seriously bright, and very impressive rear light|