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The Lupine Piko 3 will be the #1 selling product form Lupine. It is functional, flexible and useable with its 190 grams of total weight. Last year, many customers were introduced to the Lupine brand through the Lupine Piko which delivered 550 claimed lumens at $330. This year, the output is raised to 750 lumens.

Last year, 550 lumens was good but just wasn't bright enough to be used on its own for aggressive riding. And when when used as a helmet light, it was good but could get lost when used with a handlebar light that was over 1000 lumens. This year, the Piko 3 is bumped up to 750 lumens and it's a great improvement as has really increased the useability of this light.

Riding Impressions:

The Piko 3 is a joy to ride with. It is easy to install and it can be aimed left to right and up down. Compared to the Piko 2, it sports an impressive 750 lumens, up from 550. The old Piko 2 was almost the perfect light but it needed just a little more punch to be used solo on aggressive riding. The 22 degree beam pattern is big and belies its diminutive light head. There is a huge center spot and a surrounding halo that blends in nicely.

For the ultimate racer setup, complement this light with a Piko TL or Piko 3 mounted on the bar or helmet.

Specifications:
  • Price: $330.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 750 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 60 grams
  • Installed Weight: 190 grams
  • Run Time: 2 Hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 63 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: 600 Lumens
Mounting:

Helmet mounting is ideal as the light mounts in the front area of the helmet. Thus the height profile of the helmet does not increase. The battery mounts at the back of the helmet. In total, 190 grams of balanced weight is not bad for additional helmet weight. Bar monting is available too with a sweet center mounted mounta avaialble.

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MTBR Light Meter Measurements:

This light measured 63 lux on our ambient light measurement facility. This falls in line with other 800-1000 lumen lights in the shootout. The Niterider Pro 750 measured 60 lux and the Exposure Diablo measured 60 lux (claimed 975 lumens) on our Mtbr Lux Meter setup.

In an integreting sphere, we measured this light at 590 actual lumens. This is very good and closer to claimed lumens than most of the lights in this shootout.

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Strengths:
  • Small and convenient form factor
  • Impressive light output and beam pattern
  • Excellent mounting
  • 2 hour run time is very good for its size
  • Perfect for helmet mounting with the battery mounted at the back of the helmet.
  • Lupine build quality, safety and longevity.
Weaknesses:
  • Price.
Bottom Line:

This remains as one of the best lights in the category right now. it is small and bright and very useabale. Ultimately, it just disappears in the riding experience and that is an art that is rarely achieved.

Beam Pattern Photos:

The old Piko 2 Beam pattern is available here: https://reviews.mtbr.com/files/2010/12/IMG_0454.JPG



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Value Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.75 out of 5 Stars

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