NiteRider Mako 2 Watt
NiteRider has been ramping up their commuter offerings in recent times. The Mako 2 Watt is targeted at the everyday cyclist who needs more than just “to be seen.” It’s a no nonsense headlamp that it puts out some serious light. It runs on AA batteries, and you can expect a 25 hour run time on high and 50 hours on low. Like its namesake, the Mako has gills, only these are red side lights make you considerably more visible at intersections.
NiteRider claims the Mako 2 Watt pumps out 130 lumens thanks to a 2w Cree LED, which I can neither verify or deny. I can say that it’s plenty bright enough to avoid potholes on a pitch black roadway. The beam pattern is fairly condensed, allowing it to stretch far enough ahead for confident high-speed descending at night. Part of me wishes the beam could be a tiny bit more diffused in order to gain a slightly wider immediate field of vision, but I’m not complaining.
The Mako is helmet mountable, but I only used the bar mount. The quick release mounting system is one of the simplest and most effective I’ve used. I do have two nits to pick with it, though. One, it jiggles ever so slightly. This seems to be unique to the Mako, however, as I have another NiteRider light on test with a similar mount, and it doesn’t shake at all. The jiggle isn’t terribly noticeable while riding, but I definitely think it’s something that can be improved upon. The other nit to pick is that the mount is a tiny bit wide. Because of this, I’m not able to use the Mako on my bike with interrupter levers. This won’t be a deal-breaker for most people, but if you’ve got narrow or cluttered bars, you’ll want to make sure it’ll fit before you buy it.
The Mako 2 Watt weighs 165 g, retails for about $50 and includes 2 AA batteries. Check out www.niterider.com.