Used this on a 2 month tour in Patagonia with dirt roads, rain, etc. Worked great, stayed put on all the bumps, and seemed impervious to wet gravel roads. Only issue is my wife had to go first, because the light was so bright it bothered her, even during the daytime.
Provides great visible flashing modes; but switching between them is not easy. You have to press top rubber button several times to get to the desired mode. Rubber button doesnï¿½t respond to a simple push, you have to do it over and over to get to the desired flashing mode.
Also, dismounting the light from its holding bracket is not that simple.
Other than for giving a very clear and good, visible flashing light, I would not recommend this product.
I use night rider lights both back and front. The front one helps with the cars pulling out on to the road from a driveway.
This read light is loaded with lots of lumins and is eye catching if you put it on the first setting.
My experience is that a good rear light makes is much more likely that vehicles will give my a wider berth.
The light shines brightly no matter which of the four different light modes you use. It really provides a visual signal to the other bikers coming up from behind as well as the cars as the approach from the rear
Had been using a couple Solas 90s for the past few years but one finally had the tiny pins wear out in the charging port. Replaced it with new 250, which is blindingly bright. Had to return the first one, however, as the switch apparently was faulty, but BTD's excellent customer service had me a new one in a few days.
First I have to say this NiteRider Solas is the best rear light I have ever owned and believe me Ive gone through plenty.
The brightness, power and flash pattern are the best of any light on the market. The battery life is up there with the top too. I use the strobe mode and got 5-6 hours on full charge when new but about 4 hrs after a year or so of heavy use. I use it during the daytime too.
Its the best light for charging too. Simply open the rubber tab on the bottom and plug in the USB charger and good to to in an hour or so.
Why the one star review?
I bought one and had to replace it in less than a year. I keep the rubber tab on the bottom closed as tight as i can but in heavy rain, water can get inside the unit and when it does its lights out, literally.
I tried letting it dry out but to no avail. Stuffed it in some rice grains to draw out the moisture but nothing.
I contacted NightRider customer care and they basically told me to fk off but very politely.
I went to my local bike store where I bought the light ( a big chain store that recently closed PB). The store manager replaced it right away and told me to pick a new one off the shelf.
Guess what? Less than a year later that new replacement unit got wet and stopped working too.
NightRider told me to get lost again, so back to the bike store. They replaced it with a new one.
Now the 3rd light Im on has just stopped working.
Thats the last straw for me and the Solas250. It really is a great light but the reliability is terrible.
Also the USB connector on the bottom can come apart from the circuit board from overuse.
I also have the front facing NR Lumina 400 light that I got with my first Solas250 and its still working strong.
I prefer the bright flash, and have had rides on group rides catch me at a rest-stop to say this light is clearly visible more than a mile away in daylight. For visibility from the rear, this is by far the best and brightest light I've seen. On long rides (say, a century in the mountains) I find I have to replace after about 6 hours, so I carry two.
Excellent product. Several light options to alert drivers of your presence as they overtake you. Charge has plenty to go after a 3.5 hour ride on the highest alert mode. Bought 2 more for my family members
I use the NiteRider Solas 250 Rear Light daily, on the road, in day light, in heavy traffic. Also, on rural, single lane, windy roads with very short reaction times. Game changer. This light is a standard issue item with many of the club riders in my area. You will want to use one of the less bright modes on group rides.
The Solas 250 flashes a very effective pattern that should keep drivers aware of you as they're approaching from the rear. The flashes are directed so that anyone riding behind you isn't blinded by them. Charging is easy and quick.
Love the light, when it works! Have owned two and love the various modes for battery life, etc. BUT had to replace both bc they simply stopped working. One day, great. Turn it off, next day it won't charge. Done.
If it worked continually I would give it 5 stars.
Lost the light on my 2nd ride with it, came out of it's mounting bracket, guess I didn't make sure it was clipped in. If you buy this light, make sure it's clipped in. My friends said it was really bright the 1st time I used it and BTD did a price match on it for me so it was a good deal.