Friday, 20 January 2017

Review - NiteRider Solas 150 Rear Light

NiteRider Solas 150 Rear Light
The 150 lumen output of the NiteRider Solas 150 places it up there with the most powerful rear bike lights that I've used to date. The build quality and design, are similarly high-end…

High-level build quality and design

From 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 modes

With 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.


Overall

Overall, 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.


NiteRider Solas 150 Rear Light
The bracket on the NiteRider Solas 150 is secure and durable - with a combined strap and clip-on design

NiteRider Solas 150 Rear Light
Overall, the NiteRider Solas 150 is one seriously bright, and very impressive rear light

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Recipe - Rude Health Turmeric Latte #RudelyAlternative #TryJanuary

Rude Health Turmeric Milk
So far for #TryJanuary, I've provided #RudelyAlternative dairy-free recipes for Hot Chocolate, Almond Banana Pancakes, and of course Dairy-free Porridge. In this post, I'm introducing the scrumptious and nutritious Rude Health Turmeric Latte - a wonder for the taste buds, and for the body.

Turmeric is a super-spice. Made from ground root, and traditionally found in plenty of curry powders, it has been shown to have benefits ranging from sun protection, to being an anti-depressant.

Whether you manage to feel the numerous benefits or not, the spice also has a great flavour. This warming winter drink is a winner for cold evenings and early starts.


Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 400ml Rude Health Almond Drink
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder 
  • 1 tsp ginger powder 
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper 
  • Pinch of black pepper 


Method

  1. Measure out 400ml of almond milk
  2. Add the spices and pepper
  3. Heat gently on the hob, stirring constantly
  4. Froth with a handheld drinks frother
  5. Enjoy!
Turmeric Milk
Golden Goodness


Saturday, 14 January 2017

Review - Stance Camo Fusion Wire Running Socks

Everybody likes good socks. Stance make some great ones; whether it's for running or casual wear.

The Stance Camo Fusion Wire socks are a lightweight pair of running socks; providing minimal cushioning, but maximum comfort.

I'm a big fan of the design pattern, and Stance have added some neat little details like the reflective logo for increased visibility.

The Stance Fusion Wire socks feature a breathable mesh to help your feet to air; but reinforced toes and heels to help keep the socks durable.

These feel supportive, comfortable, and they seem to be lasting well.

Check out the great range from Stance at Stance.com (Link)