The Blackburn DayBlazer 800 front light is one of the most compact torches I’ve used – at least one packing 800 lumens. It represents excellent value and is a great option if you generally ride in built-up areas but fancy letting rip along the backroads after work, although run-times in the higher settings are relatively short. The DayBlazer 800 offers a lot of bang for modest buck. The first thing that struck me was how much smaller it is than the DayBlazer 1100. It’s well made, stylish and rugged, made from anodised 6061 aluminium alloy and able to resist falls onto hard surfaces. It also has a waterproof rating of IP67, and neither exposure to the occasional heavy shower nor blasting it at close range using my garden hose has revealed any obvious weaknesses. Blackburn’s limited lifetime warranty adds further confidence. Behind the Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens sits a single Cree diode, and it’s fuelled by a rechargeable lithium polymer cell. Pretty standard stuff these days but very well executed, especially for this price point. There are five modes, which are sensibly staggered for general riding. Three steady: Blitz (800 lumens), Medium (50...