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Knog Blinder Road R Review

knog_road_r_-3 We reviewed the Knog Blinder 4V last year, reporting fondly on the form and function of the recharable light. A full year after first use, the Blinder 4V is still going strong.

Over the past few months I’ve been using the Blinder Road R, a brighter and slightly bulkier update to the 4V form. The new Blinder Road R boasts 77 lumens of peak strobe light output ( 44 lumens for the 4V) at the cost of just 13 g of additional bulk. A lens on each LED lends a 22º narrow beam spread, and an 80º wide spread — blinking between wide and narrow beam spreads is particularly eye catching and hard to miss. A polycarbonite strip around the body provides additional side visibility not present in the 4V, but otherwise the design retains the 100% waterproof aluminum body construction, silicone band and flip-out USB plug.

I consistently get 3-4 hours of the highest powered blink mode, with the run time strtching to 20 hours in the battery saving eco-flash. I still love the extended button push required to turn the light on and off, with the on now requiring a .75 sec press to further prevent accidental switching in your bag or pocket. The flip-out USB charging connection still strikes me as ingenious, though I find it easier to use with a short extension cord I keep on my desk. And I also wish that the low battery indicator gave more warning before giving out — I’d reccommend charging the light every two days or so rather than waiting for the indicator lamp to warn you that it’s nearly dead. Knog promises to and has a history of supporting torn or broken silicon straps, through truth be told even my first generation Blinder lights are going strong after a couple of seasons of constant use and switching between 25.4 and 31.6 mm bars. The Blinder Road R is available for $60 in black, gunmetal gray, grape or red.

3 Comments

  1. TerryJune 26, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Looks like a quality light, but I hate USB charging. I’d rather put a battery in once in a while. I know, I am weird.

  2. scottJune 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    This and the matching dual beam headlight would be nice… if you could actually get them some place… no LBS in NH has this this… online is not so much too

  3. chuckJune 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    The silicone band is the weak link in the design of this product. I have two and both bands have torn.

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