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Discussion: Water resistant gear

in: Adventure Racing; General

Jul 30, 2018 2:37 AM # 
After a rather wet Untamed New England Expedition race, my bike computer is dead and I’m also needing to purchase a new bike light. Any recommendations on water resistant computers and lights? Particularly a light that uses 18650s.
Jul 30, 2018 2:03 PM # 
The Adventure Dogs! used single-cell 18650 lights for Untamed. We all used Skilhunt HO3 (floody, neutral white) on the bars. I used an Imalent HR20 on the helmet, and others used Skilhunt HO3R (both are spots, neutral white). The Skilhunts have been flawless. the Imalent has a very useful infinite brightness knob, which got flaky for me in the wet but recovered after being in the sun for a bit. I also had a Wowtac A2S (spot, neutral white) which I would have used on the helmet if the Imalent failed completely. If I was buying again for the team, I'd standardize on Skilhunt H03 for the handlebars and H03R lights for helmet/headlamp use.

I went with a no-frills, wired Planet Bike Protégé 5.0 computer ($20 ebay) for reliability and having speed, distance, and clock all on one screen. One downside: the mount that it comes with was designed for thicker bars, and I had to shim it a lot to mount out by the grips so I could see it around the map board.
Jul 30, 2018 3:50 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
We used Lupines (Lupine Betty) at the ARWC in Tasmania where it seemed like most of our rides were at night and in the rain. Those lights took a good soaking and had no issues then, and are still working perfectly today. They are nicely built, bright, but expensive.
Jul 30, 2018 7:37 PM # 
Exposure Lights get my vote.
Jul 31, 2018 9:20 PM # 
Our lupine bike lights crapped out at Untamed. Tried new batteries, new configurations, nothing worked -- a few folks said that they had the same issues, due to moisture. I ended up using my headlamp on the bike.

They're working now, but I was pretty disappointed in how they performed.
Jul 31, 2018 9:31 PM # 
I think the design of my new fenix was part of way it busted off in a fall, which for me in those sorts of conditions will happen. I decided to get the magic shone monteer which has a more compact design and uses 18650s. I also got the fish hook and what Dan Foster suggested with another mount for a back up light. Will test these out in the next bit. Will never go without a backup option available. That was awful and my teammate so stepped up to the plate on that.
Aug 1, 2018 4:40 AM # 
Carbon's Offset:
@abiperk: wow, good to know re: the Lupines.
Aug 1, 2018 12:48 PM # 
My Ay-Ups were flawless. Yes, they’re an investment to start out but I’ve now had them for 7 yrs and all they do is work. Super lightweight and long burn times. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself...
Aug 1, 2018 4:07 PM # 
i have a set of Ay-Ups that I would sell to someone if they want! I made the investment but actually like the Light-n-Motion beam pattern/button location better. the ay-ups are still a great light, though, and one of the lightest set-ups you'll find. i'll make a separate post w the sell info.

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