When Bontrager first dreamed up the idea of a light made specifically for the day time, they must have known it would be met with a few sniggers.
Even we can admit to a wry smile when we saw the press release for the new Flare R. But then we tried one, and it was good. Really good.
In fact, when we came up with the original long list for the 100, the Flare R was one of the first items down there, and that’s saying something. Sure, it’s at the more expensive end for rear lights, but it’s a really great product and one that actually manages to get the job done in the day as well as at night.
For starters, it puts out 65 lumens which is actually a pretty decent punch for a backward-facing light. Front lights are high powered because you sometimes need to be able to see where you’re going, but a 600 lumen rear light would just blind cars following you – and nobody wants to be overtaken by a driver who’s seeing spots. So 65 lumens is pretty bright as rear lights go.