Best Running Headlamps 2021 | Lights for Running at Night
If your running in the depths of winter or in the summer sun, You never know when you need Running Headlamps for that just incase moment, but with so many types and options it can be hard to pointpoint which one is best for your needs. and it all depends on weight, how bright, battery life and if its rechargeable or not.
How Bright does your Running Headlamps need to be?
Running on an open road under a full moon is a completely different experience than running singletrack trails beneath heavy tree cover—and both require different lighting. In general, look for a headlamp that’s capable of cranking out at least 200 lumens on its high setting. Lumens is a measure of the light’s intensity—brightness. Lamps with higher lumens—300 and up—are better for trails and starless nights. If you want a single light that is capable of multiple situations, look for one with more than just low, medium, and high settings. Some lamps can automatically adapt to the ambient light around you—handy if, say, you peek at your watch and don’t want to be blinded by the reflection (the light dims a bit). Others allow you more manual adjustability.
How long should your Running Headlamps last?
Longer battery life typically comes at a cost: weight. Naturally, batteries with more capacity have to be larger. For some activities, that’s no problem, but for running, extra weight and bulk can lead to annoying bounce. Some models cram the batteries into the lamp on your forehead, while others with exceptionally long burn times will separate the two components and place the power pack on the strap at the back of your head. If you want a budget light for laps around your neighbourhood, the former will suffice. But if you’re gearing up for an ultramarathon that will have you up all night, go for the bigger battery.
Rechargeable vs. Single-Use Running Headlamps
Who among us doesn’t have a drawer full of micro USB charging cables? Well, there’s a good chance your next headlamp will come with one as well. But the downside to rechargeable is that you could find the battery dead when you’re headed out the door, when you don’t have an hour or two to spare waiting for it to power up. If that sounds like you, opt for a light that runs off AA or AAA batteries, and stock up. Some headlamps (see the Silva Trail Runner Free H and Black Diamond Sprinter 275 below) work with either AAA batteries or a rechargeable battery pack.
Types of Lights
You’ll save money by getting a light with a single lamp that puts out a consistent beam. But more advanced options include both a spotlight and a flood, allowing you to use each separately or combine the two for maximum brightness. You’ll find the spotlight is great for casting the light farther down the road or brightly illuminating the trail directly in front of you. A floodlight, on the other hand, diffuses the beam, spraying light to the sides as well to help with peripheral vision.
Location of the Light
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Petzl Nao+ Running Headlamps
This is a bit like mounting the Northern Star on your forehead. The Petzl NAO+ is so powerful it could lighten up a Morrissey concert. Alongside the 750 lumens, which lights up the trail more than 100 metres ahead, this head torch boasts a bounce-free fit and reactive live, which automatically adjusts the output depending upon how light or dark it is. Pair it with the MyPetzl Light mobile app, and you can consult your smartphone in real-time to check the torches remaining burn time. Truly, the high priest of head torches.
Max lumens: 750 over a 6.5hr burn time
Burn time: 1hr 30 to 15hrs, depending on setting.
Approx range: 65m – 140m, depending on setting
If the NAO+ is the gold standard in head torches, the Petzl Reactik+ is a very worthy runner-up. Given that it’s £50 less than the NAO+, it also represents something of a bargain. Like the NAO+, it has reactive lighting and can be paired with the MyPetzl Light to check remaining burn time. It’s also more compact than the NAO+ and seemingly almost indestructible. There’s good reason this well-made, well-regarded product adorns the heads of countless ultrarunners: for the price, there’s simply no better head torch.
Max lumens: 300 over a 3.5hr burn time
Burn time: 2.5hrs to 15hrs, depending on setting
Approx range: 70-110m, depending on setting
Silva Trail Runner 4
Best for – a long burn time and a solid build quality
For this impressive and affordable addition to the list. Silva has been creating high-quality outdoor products since the 1930s, and it’s particularly well regarded for its head torches. On its max mode, the Trail Runner 4 has impressive power (350 lumens) and range (75m). It also boasts an anti-slip headband and can be charged with AAA batteries. There’s nothing particularly cutting-edge about the Trail Runner 4; it’s simply a well-made, reliable head torch at a highly affordable price.
Max lumens: 350 over a burn time of 10hrs
Burn time: 10hrs to 90hrs, depending on setting
Approx range: 20m to 75m, depending on setting
Speaking of affordable prices, how’s this budget-friendly option from Everbeam. As well as its four light modes and rechargeable battery, the H6 beams out 650 lumens and has a max range of 75m. That’s pretty darn impressive for a product that costs less than most pairs of running shorts. Plus, it’s lightweight, hard-wearing and waterproof. It could be used as a perfectly decent main head torch or a superb backup for races in which you’re required to carry two.
Max lumens: 650 over a burn time of 30hrs
Burn time: 30hrs depending on setting
Approx range: up to 75m, depending on setting
Best for – when every gram matters
If you’re packing for a running adventure and are counting every gram, the Petzl Bindi comes into its own. At 35g, it is one of the lightest head torches on the market and can be packed down to a tiny size. However, don’t let its smaller dimensions fool you: this pocket-rocket can still pump out 200 lumens (and can burn for two hours at that level). As such, it also makes for a great tool on training runs. Further proof that good things come in small packages.
Max lumens: 200 over a 2hr burn time
Burn time: 2hrs to 50hrs, depending on setting
Approx range: 6m to 36m, depending on setting