Review: Knog Blinder Road 3

It's a cool 'to be seen' commuter light

Lights Lights Shootout

2015 Lights Shootout

Knog Blinder Road 3 Front

The Blinder Road 3 from Knog is a cool light. It has a functional horizontal form factor that is wide to house two LEDs. The two units can be turned on separately or work in tandem to create a distinct flashing sequence.

Output is an honest 308 Lumens out of 300 claimed. It is a great ‘to be seen’ light, but one can also ride with it at night. It has enough brightness and beam pattern to see the road with.

Construction is top-notch with awesome materials and industrial design. The mount is a built-in quick release unit that fits all bar sizes. The charging plug is built in to the unit, so no wire is needed when plugging in to a USB port.

Beam Pattern Photo

We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photos were taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. These photos feature many objects and a distinct background to analyze detail and beam pattern. Compare all Beam Patterns here »

Knog Blinder Road 3 Backyard Beam Pattern

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens

This light measured 308 Lumens in an integrating sphere. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 300 Lumens. The Lumen-hour graph below shows how the light performs over the first three minutes of its battery cycle. Compare all Lumen Tests here »

Knog Blinder Road 3 Lumen Chart

  • Nice form factor
  • Excellent construction
  • Functional as a ‘to be seen’ light or ‘to see’ light
  • $95 is high for the light output
  • Just barely bright enough to ride with
  • Run time is short at 1 hour on high
  • Price: $95
  • Claimed Lumens: 300 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 308 Lumens
  • Lumens per $: 3.24 Lumens
  • Lumens per gram: 2.93 Lumens
  • Time on High: 1:00 Hours
  • Charge Time: 6:00 Hours
  • Mounted Weight: 105 grams
  • Category: Commuter
Overall Rating

4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 out of 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

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This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2015 Lights Shootout. To see all the bike lights tested CLICK HERE.

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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