We first heard of UK brand Lumo early in 2015, when it smashed the crowdfunding goal in its campaign to launch a range of urban cyclist-aimed clothing with integrated LEDs.
The Herne Hill is a feature-laden take on the classic Harrington style. It’s made of windproof, breathable, water-resistant and stain repellent cotton with Schoeller 3XDry technology.
The collar is fleece lined and the sleeves have Lycra windblocking inner cuffs that are both effective and neatly hidden. It has a drop tail, long sleeves, articulated shoulders, vents, one internal and two external zipped pockets, plus a rear pocket.
The LEDs are clearly visible in traffic and provide a claimed six to 14 hours run time
The fit when riding is excellent, especially the shoulder mobility and arm length, and it’s proven very weatherproof. The long tail is good on the bike, though perhaps a bit too obvious off it. The torso is also cut quite large on our medium sample – great if you’re a big guy with a long body, but less so otherwise.
The LED strips are invisible when off and then light up with two modes, giving six to 14 hours run time and visibility from a claimed 400m. They aren’t blinding, and are no substitute for lights on your bike, but they’re bright on a dark road and clearly visible in traffic, too.
The LED strips are waterproof and washable. The small battery pack is removable for recharging via USB.
All in all this is a good idea, very well executed.
Lumo provides free worldwide delivery on all standard shipping.