Knog PWR Trail 1100 review

Minimal-looking but feature-packed light that's brighter than the lumen count suggests

Knog PWR Trail 1100
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Knog PWR Trail 1100’s 1.7 hours on its highest setting is very even and bright. The ModeMaker app for customising your light modes is a bonus, the option of using the battery as a separate powerpack for charging other devices is nice to have, it’s easy to use with the twist action, it stays put on the bars and has a good quality look and feel. With its RRP of £119 it's slightly pricier than its direct rivals and the 1.7 hours of runtime is also slightly shorter, but the extra functionality, design and features more than compensate.

Reasons to buy
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    Even spread of light that’s very bright for 1,100 lumens

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    Twisting to change modes is easy with gloves on

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    Mount holds it secure, doesn’t need tools and isn’t too fiddly to swap between bikes

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    Programmable with ModeMaker app

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    Modular system means battery can be used as a powerpack

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Doesn't switch to eco mode when charge is low

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    Fuel gauge could be more meaningful

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Knog was originally known for the funky frog-shaped bike light that wrapped its rubber legs around your handlebar and winked: with the Knog PWR Trail 1100 the Australian brand has got more serious but no less innovative. 

We tested this light as part of a four-up group test, alongside the Exposure Strada MK10, the Blackburn Dayblazer 1500 and the Lezyne Macro Drive 1300XXL

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Bike light tests 2021/2022: the grouptest comparisons
LightLeyne MacroDrive XXL1300Knog PWR Trail 1100Exposure Strada MK10Blackburn Dayblazer 1500
Weight226g (claimed 208g)220g228g (claimed 230g)143g (claimed 140g)
Battery life (claimed)2.5hrs1.7hrs2hrs2hrs (lasted 2hrs+)
MountRubberClampAlloy bracketRubber

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