From day one… I’ve been a fan of Knog and their dynamic lights which have helped me get through some rough nights on the road. A few months ago, Knog sent me the Blinder Arc 5.5, Blinder Road 3, and Blinder Arc 1.7 to test out. Since I received all 3 lights at once, it took some time to give each light its dedicated attention.
The Blinder Arc 5.5 is the largest high-powered light of the bunch… delivering a whopping 550 lumens. It was truly amazing how everything in the darkness of the night was revealed by this light… nothing could hide even in “Medium Beam” mode. I’ve always been a firm believer that if you ride in an environment that has heavy traffic… using a light during daylight is just as important as using a light at night. The Blinder Arc 5.5 in “Low Beam” or “Flashing” mode will help you get through your entire day. The industrial-grade silicone rubber body and straps… combined with the polycarbonate housing makes this light built to last. If you’re in the habit of continuously dropping your light… this bad boy will absorb all the punishment you give it.
“Packed with a colossal 550 lumens of light the Blinder Arc 5.5 gives riders total visibility and freedom at night, all from a super-compact, super-light, USB rechargeable, 100% waterproof, integrated silicone package. Equipped with one of the latest high-intensity XM-L2 Cree LEDs the Arc 5.5 floods any road or trail in light giving riders total night vision and by incorporating an elliptical beam of 16° vertical and 24º horizontal makes the lights visible to others at over 1000m.”
The Blinder Road 3 is my favorite of the bunch because of its unique dual-lens design. It’s compact body, and lightweight materials make this light favorable if you like keeping things minimalistic. Though, small in size… the Blinder Road 3 delivers 300 lumens with your choice of 11 light modes. Using “Flash” mode will give you the most time out of this light. Being a compact light made it fun trying to find new places to mount it. As shown from the above photos, I decided to attach it to my fork. After a few hours on some bumpy roads, I found no slippage of the light. The silicone strap gripped tightly to the fork and that put a smile on my face.
“Never before has there been a Blinder Light so technically superior and bright. Introducing the yellow jersey of high-powered bike lights: Knog Blinder Road 3. Loaded with a mammoth 300 lumens of light, all from a lightweight 105g, 100% waterproof, USB rechargeable, integrated silicone package; Blinder Road 3 was not designed for the faint hearted.”
The Blinder Arc 1.7 is like the baby brother of the Blinder Arc 5.5. Small in size with a delivery of a 170 lumens, I find this affordable light perfect for all you pedal pushers. The charge time is the quickest of the 3 with a long-lasting “Flash” mode of 11.7 hours. During a cold night ride, I got a flat in my rear wheel. Luckily, I was crafty enough to hold the Blinder Arc 1.7 in my mouth and survey my tire for any chards of glass. Sure enough, I found a sliver and surgically removed it with the help of this light. Talk about multitasking!
“Loaded with a 170 lumens of light the Blinder Arc 1.7 gives riders total visibility and freedom at night, all from a super-compact, super-light, USB rechargeable, 100% waterproof, integrated silicone package. Equipped with one of the latest high-intensity XB-D Cree LEDs, keeping motorists and road users at bay the Arc 1.7 uses an elliptical beam of 16° vertical and 24º horizontal beam making the light visible to others at over 1000m.”
Conclusion… all 3 lights performed exactly as described. Buttons, features, hardware, etc… flawless and functional. After your day is over, simply plug your light(s) into a USB device and charge away when needed.