The Cateye HL-MC200 Bicycle Headlight has been in my arsenal of bike gear since my freshman year of college (over 7 years ago). Sadly, it is one of the worst bike lights I have ever encountered and certainly not a product I would ever recommend.
The problem with the light is not that it doesn’t work or that the light is not bright enough, but that it simply burns through batteries like nobody’s business. The light uses 4 AA batteries and even at full charge seems to last no more than 20-30 minutes (if that).
In addition to being a compete battery hog, it is far from electrically sound (large bumps frequently cause the light to switch off), nor is it waterproof.
I’ve never used the light on any kind of bicycle tour or trip of any length… and frankly I don’t think it would last through such an event. The Cateye HL-MC200 might make for a great little commuter light (which is mainly how I’ve been using it), but even for short trips this bicycle headlight seems to do nothing but disappoint.
What about you? Have you ever used this light? What do you think of it? Most importantly, what kind of bicycle headlight would you recommend?