Review: DiNotte XML-3

Delivers a good price, weight and brightness combination

Lights Lights Shootout

2016 Lights Shootout

The DiNotte XML-3 is ideal for bar or helmet use.

The DiNotte XML-3 is ideal for bar or helmet use (click to enlarge).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

The Lowdown: DiNotte XML-3

The DiNotte XML-3 is a 1500 Lumen light that is ideal for bar or helmet use. Weighing in at 355 grams, it lasts 2:30 hours on full power or 5 hours at a very capable 700 Lumens, and it’s ideal for most of your post-daylight bike adventures.

Stat Box
Claimed Lumens: 1600 Lumens Mtbr Lux: N/A
Measured Lumens: 1573 Lumens Mounted weight: 355 grams
Lumens per $: 6.87 Lumens Category: Headlight
Lumens per gram: 4.43 Lumens Price: $229
Run time on high: 2:30 Hours Rating: 4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 Chilis-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • It offers great value at $229
  • No self-contained option
  • The beam pattern is wide and even and has a powerful spot
  • The beam could be wider, now that it’s so bright
  • 1573 measured Lumens is impressive for this price and weight
  • Mounting is best in class and the included helmet light is a bonus
  • Commitment to U.S. quality and safety is unrivaled
  • Can be mounted on the helmet with smaller battery and have both light head and battery on the helmet

Full Review: DiNotte XML-3

The DiNotte has excellent beam pattern and color. It’s not the widest beam but it is very even and consistent. The throw is very good as can ride at full speed with this one light alone.

At speed, using this light inspires confidence as one is really able to decipher the trail and see obstacles and trail contours.

Continue to page 2 for more on the DiNotte XML-3, beam pattern and Lumen measurement »
About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Tim M says:

    I researched for months before buying a light, and this was my choice. I consider it the best for price, weight, brightness, and run time. Excellent customer service as well. Very pleased

  • Craig says:

    I have a pair of DiNotte XML-3 lights that I have used for two years now. One on the helmet and one on the bars. I have no clue how many hours I have on them, but it’s a whole lot. I have many, many night rides and who knows how many pre-dawn rides lasting between 1.5 and 2.5 hours each.

    I can’t begin to say how extraordinarily pleased that I am with these lights. They have survived cold winter rides and blistering Texas summer rides. I have used them on road bikes, but mostly mountain biking. They have been used in daytime for awareness on road rides in 100+ degree days for hours.

    Only now am I beginning to see battery duration decline. It actually seems to have come on pretty quickly, but it’s manageable. I need to start thinking about battery replacement. These replacement batteries are not cheap, but they have delivered many dependable hours of riding.

    They get my highest rating!

  • Dave O says:

    When you say the beam has an excellent color, is it less blue than some of the other lights, more like a neutral white?

  • Corbinworks says:

    I have this light, Dinotte has it listed as 2000lm not 1600lm
    Do we have an updated test showing the 2000lm’s?

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