Knog Blinder Road R Review
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.