- 5 / 5 Bee's Knees -
In my review of the Volt 100 I spoke of the value of intelligent design. Where the 100 achieves great things with limited output the much larger output of the Volt 700 would seemingly allow Cateye to be less mindful of their lights efficiency and simply wow people with impressive output. Is this what Cateye has done with the Volt 700? Oh no!
Again, where the 100 succeeds in a brilliant beam pattern, the Volt 700 has a pattern which is unique from the 100 and every other manufacture. The standard circular beam pattern with a hot center spot was abandoned for something much more efficient. The reflector of this light produces a large square spot which stretches into a widening wedge when projected from your bar. The logic here is to saturate light along your path of travel rather than waste projecting any up and beyond view. In addition to this core light, there is a usable amount of flood which provides a balanced feel for the overall beam pattern. Cutouts on either side of the lens glow to promote side visibility without really casting a beam or wasting light. It is worth mentioning that the Volt 700 runs a little low on the kelvin scale resulting a light color that is noticeably bluer than some lights but it isn’t extreme to a degree of annoyance.
How do I write more than one sentence here? All I need to convey is that the mount is flawless in its application with this light. With a single mount Cateye can accommodate virtually any bar size, grip better than anything out there and results in zero light jitter and engagement/removal of the light is easier yet more secure than many.
If a winning beam pattern weren’t enough to impress, the 700 is packed with features and easy operation. While I’d like to have seen an organization that isolates the flashing settings from the constant settings, there is a feature that overcomes this flaw. With a quick double click of the power button, you cycle between the current setting and the lights highest output. By doing this, cycling between high and med or high and low is easily achieved and is a feature that should be quickly loved. Like the 100, the 700 has a translucent power button indicating current charge or charging status and is USB rechargeable…with a kicker! The final feature which really blows this light out of the water is a removable battery which simply threads onto the back of the light housing. Additional batteries and a charging dock can be purchased from Cateye and will make for best friends among 24 hour riders and cyclocross cats alike.
Again with Cateye this year, where do I begin to describe how impressed I am with these products. Among the most desired lights on the market, Cateye’s Volt 700 has truly earned a top spot by packing in more features and intelligent design than is imaginable for its humble price point. This light is so close to perfection that I have to give it 5 bee’s knees even though I’d still like to see the flash settings isolated. When purchasing a new light, Cateye has easily eliminated the need to consider all-but 1 or 2 other models in the 650-800 lumen range.