Outbound Lighting’s Detour Road & Gravel light: a powerful self-contained package

A reliable no-wires-no-hassle light for commuting, gravel adventures and bikepacking alike

Image shows Outbound Lighting's Detour light mounted on a bike
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Detour is a reliable and powerful no-wires-no-hassle light with a unique cutoff technology that your fellow road users will appreciate, but may limit your upwards field of vision on night time gravel paths.

Reasons to buy
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    Minimal, self-contained package

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    Super user-friendly

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    By-pass charging option

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    Quick USB-C charging

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    Decent run time

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    Set it and forget it adaptive mode

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    Action camera mount option

Reasons to avoid
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    There’s a significance between the high and medium modes, something in between would be preferred

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    The cutoff is rather stark

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Understandably, not everyone is a fan of night riding but when darkness comes as early as 5 pm these days, it’s almost unavoidable if you wish to bike commute home or go for a post-work ride. 

One of the best bike lights is essential to keep the riding safe and comfortable. Especially if you do venture onto some unlit trails in the evenings, you need reliable and powerful lights. 

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.