The Metro 360 wins our Best Buy award because no other light priced under $60 performed even comparably. Yes, there are many $10-$30 bike lights out there, but if you look at our ratings and beam tests you will see they had extremely weak beams, often scoring a 1 or even 0 out of 10. The Metro 360 on the other hand, scored an impressive 8 out of 10 for brightness, which bested some lights that cost four times as much. That said, the beam quality is not nearly as good as its expensive sibling and Editors' Choice award winner, the Cygolite Expilion 800. The 360 shines far, but in a very narrow beam pattern. The 800 on the other hand, has a dramatically wider beam that illuminated much in our peripheral vision. On the value scale, the NiteRider Lumina 550 is another top contender. It scored just behind the Expilion 800 because it did not have the 800's beam quality. It can often be found for $50 less than the 800. The Metro 360 has a street price of roughly $20-$30 below the Lumina 550. All three are great lights; your choice may depend on your budget.
The Metro 360 has been replaced by the Cygolite Metro 700. More info below.