Lezyne have long been purveyors of quality bike lights, and we’ve tested a fair few of them, including the impressive Laser Drive rear light, as well as front lights in the compact Micro Drive 500XL and larger Lite Drive 700XL, all of which summarily impressed. However, the Strip Drive Pro 300 could be the most impressive of all.
Lezyne has always been very accommodating with its naming structure, with the number signifying the amount of lumens it can output. That’s 300, then, which to be frank is a number usually reserved for small front lights, rather than tail lights.
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The Strip Drive Pro 300 is one of the most powerful rear lights we’ve ever seen with plenty of mode options, including two effective daytime flashes from its vertical array of LEDs.
The trick here is the use of five high-output LEDs, which come together to put out up-to 300 lumens, arranged in a distinctive strip array. That compares to the single LED output of our other rear light RCUK 100 entry, Bontrager’s Flare R, which on its own puts out 65 lumens. Quick maths suggests each LED in the Strip Drive is good for 60 lumens on its own, but that’s more than plenty to deliver brightness worthy of a daytime-use light.
"Quick maths suggests each LED in the Strip Drive is good for 60 lumens on its own, but that’s more than plenty to deliver brightness worthy of a daytime-use light"
Two of the nine modes are specifically designed for daytime, both of which produce a ‘disruptive’ flash that are said to more easily attract the attention of road users. Six other flash modes at lower light intensities (varying between 10-35 lumens) are best suited to night time use, along with three other static modes that range between 5-50 lumens. The LEDs sit proud to achieve wide viewing angles too.
Lezyne Strip Drive Pro 300
You can get a maximum of around 20 hours battery life if you use the most conservative flash setting, while the key disruptive settings will deliver a claimed three or four-and-a-half hours, depending on whether you opt to use the 300 or 150 lumen settings. Usefully, the light can also remember your last setting so you don’t have to scroll through them all to find it again.
The Strip Drive also comes fully waterproof, which is impressive given the bottom houses a USB drive key on the underside for direct charging into a powered port, and it fits easily to a seatpost or seatstay via a removable rubber strap, secured by a mouldable rearside on the body of the light.