Knog Blinder Road 3
  • 300 claimed lumens
  • 310 measured lumens
  • 1h 00min reported battery life
  • 30min measured battery life
  • Spot/flood
  • 105 g
  • flashing mode
  • no pulse mode
  • 9 brightness levels
  • internal Lithium batteries
  • battery level indicator
  • rechargeable
  • Included mounts: Strap

The Blinder Road lights feature two LEDs in a single attractive package. One LED is behind a wide-angle (22°) lens, and the other is behind a spot (15°) lens. The lights can be switched between both wide and narrow beams at once, only wide, only narrow, an alternating flash, or 1 flashing 1 steady combo mode. Separate buttons toggle brightness and which beams are active. The lights strap on with Knog's signature silicone band and a study metal clasp. The Blinder Road series lights also come with a USB extension cable to facilitate plugging in the built-in USB charging plug.

Review: Form over function in Knog's first high-powered light

Review by , Feb. 19, 2014, 6 a.m.

Knog Blinder Road 3

There's no denying that Knog makes some of the classiest looking bike products out there. Silicone straps, anodized aluminum, built-in USB chargers, and eye-catching colors bring a sense of style that's lacking from some more strictly utilitarian lights. The Blinder Road is Knog's first foray into lights designed to see by, not just to be seen by. The company's name was once synonymous with its small coin-cell operated lights (and the many knockoffs that followed), but that's all changing now as Knog breaks into the high-intensity bike light market.

The Blinder Road 3's mount consists of a built-in silicone strap, which can stretch to most handlebar sizes. There's an included replacement strap with a larger diameter. Both straps use a metal clasp to hook around the handlebars and secure the light in place. The mounting feels secure – the light doesn't bounce or lose its position when riding on bumpy roads. It's also very easy to remove from the bike, and perhaps the simplest light to move between bikes.

Blinder Road's buttons

The light holds two LEDs, one behind a wide-angle lens and the other behind a spot lens. One button on the back allows you to switch power level between low, medium, and high. The other button lets you choose between using both LEDs at once, only the spot, only the flood, alternating flash, or one LED on steady and the other flashing.

While the ability to switch between beam patterns seems nice at first, in reality you'll almost exclusively use the light with both LEDs turned on to their highest setting. The light simply isn't that bright. It reaches a maximum of 300 lumens when both lights are at their highest setting. I think 300 lumens is adequate for many riders, but this is less light output than most of the competition in this price range. What's worse, the light only lasted 25 minutes on its highest output before automatically cutting back to the medium brightness level, and lasted a total of under 2 hours even after dimming itself.

Blinder Road side visibility

Side visibility is also sorely lacking - as its name implies, the light is suitable for road riding, but it's not a good choice as a be-seen light. Almost no light is visible at all from 90°.

As is common these days, the Blinder Road is USB rechargeable. Unlike other lights that require an external cable though, the Blinder plugs straight into a computer or USB power jack with its built-in USB plug that flips out from the bottom of the light. It's a nifty design that ensures you're never without the charger, but in practice the plug is so short that it's often impossible to actually fit the light up against a computer just right to get the plug in. Fortunately, Knog does provide a short USB extension cable, which solves this problem nicely.

Blinder Road charger

Overall, the Blinder Road 3 is certainly a classy light, but it seems that the functionality of the light was compromised by the focus on aesthetics and design. A less sleek light with a longer battery life is ultimately going to be more practical. As LED efficiency and battery technology improve, future iterations of this design may become more compelling.