Troute 3UP front light review£300.00

Small unit, big output

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Troute’s new helmet light was fresh off the lathe when we got it, with a few teething issues to match. It’s definitely got potential, though.

This miniature head lamp (there’s a bar lamp planned too) squeezes in three LEDs and it’s brighter on the trail than the lux and lumen counts suggest.

Distance throw is limited and there’s a noticeably stepped ring effect, which can be disorientating. It automatically downshifts to the medium setting after a few minutes – great for run time but we’d rather it stayed at full chat.

The neatly machined angle adjustable mount for the miniature light adds negligible weight to your nut, so epic or extremely technical use is certainly not a problem.

The bag battery is a great big lump however, and we’d recommend going for a smaller battery pack because the capacity and run time will be overkill for most riders.

Reliability was excellent on the Troute LED we ran last year and we predict production versions of these lights will give the big brands a run for the ultra light head lamp honours.

Troute 3up light beam: troute 3up light beam
Troute 3up light beam: troute 3up light beam

Beam shot - Troute 3UP

For more information of how we tested this year's crop of lights, see our latest buyer's guide to mountain bike lights and Tested: 30 high-power mountain bike lights.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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