We love the Bontrager Flare R – it has been a regular member of our holiday gift guide since we first reviewed it AND it is a regular companion on every ride and run we take. So when Bontrager let us know a new one was available we jumped at the opportunity to check it out.
The all-new Flare RT is 36% smaller (only 23 grams!) and 30% more powerful while also featuring run times up to 20% longer. The Flare RT uses a specific interruptive flash pattern that is visible from 2km during the day.
Bontrager has spent the past four years on an ongoing research partnership with Clemson University that has provided insights on how to better equip cyclists to be seen and recognized on the road by drivers. The interruptive flash pattern of the Flare RT now features an even more powerful 90 Lumen lead pop in the interruptive flash pattern to further capture attention. The flash pattern was further scrutinized to provide maximum impact while staying as efficient as possible to deliver more battery life. The research project with Clemson showed that the best thing a rider can do to be more visible on the road is to ride with a flashing light. Studies have shown a 270% increase in driver recognition of a cyclist with a flashing rear light compared to without. An additional study showed a 33% decrease in accidents for cyclists equipped with daytime running lights.
In an effort to make Always On with Daytime Running Lights as easy as possible Bontrager has added ANT+ and Bluetooth communication to the lights to allow them to connect with certain Garmin Edge units to automatically power on lights at the start of a ride. The connection also provides control of the lights and shows real-time battery life through the Bontrager Light Control App that is downloadable at Garmin Connect IQ.
The new Flare RT also features an updated USB charging port that meets IPX7 waterproof standards provides worry-free protection against road spray and downpours. A built in ambient light sensor can automatically set the light into the best mode for conditions. And a lock mode can be set to ensure Flare RT always stays in preferred mode
Also introduced are the all-new Ion 200 RT front Daytime Running Lights that is visible from 2km in day flash settings in addition to their to-see steady settings for after dark. The Ion 200 RT incorporates the same form and features of the Flare RT into a 200 Lumen front light. It is available individually, as well as in a set with the Flare RT.
Both the Flare RT and the ION 200 retail for $59.99 or as a combined set for $114.99. Our set just arrived this past week so stay tuned for an in-depth review coming soon!