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Headlamp basics review: Headlamps are an important part of your standard packing list for adventure racing, ultra running and backcountry travel...you never know when you might be caught out at night miles from your camp or vehicle.  In addition to your standard kit, headlamps are an excellent method to enable you to maintain your fitness during the winter months.  Speed hikes, fast packing and trail running by headlamp extend your training time as well as add an interesting element to your training...certainly a requirement for 24 hour adventure races and other endurance sporting and athletic events that feature a night travel component.  It is important to become comfortable navigating, and moving by foot or mountain bike during limited visibility. Recommended selection criteria:
  • Weight, especially for trail running
  • Battery life
  • Comfortable fit
  • Climbing helmet fit for alpine starts
  • Multiple lighting modes: different intensities, emergency strobe mode

Headlamp reviews and recommendations: You will probably require a couple headlamps to match your requirements: a light weight model for trail running and larger model for mountaineering with a remote battery case and longer battery life.  Models I have used and like: Petzl Tikka Plus (The updated Tikka Plus adds an additional LED) headlamp for trail running and backcountry travel. Light weight and comfortable with a bright enough light to keep the trail well illuminated while running fast on technical terrain.  I have used the predecessor to the Petzl Duo LED 5 Headlamp to climb Mount Shasta and other mountaineer uses.  The Duo easily fits on the climbing helmet and provides two different ranges and intensities of light.

Petzel Tikka XP:  For the Leadville Trail 100 I upgraded my Petzel Tikka Plus to the XP. This LED headlamp tosses light out more than 100 feet, and you can get additional brightness anytime by pushing the XP's Boost button, which increases the maximum light output to 164 feet for 20 seconds. The battery life is tested at between 100 to 120 hours and was awarded the Backpacker Magazine's prestigious 2006 Editor's Choice Awards. Powerful, focused light beam with three lighting levels and a blinking mode, to adapt the light to the activity at hand. Boost mode: 50% more light than the maximum level for 20 seconds. Wide-angle lens for flood-beam-like proximity lighting. Battery-life indicator warns when the batteries are approximately 70% drained and 90% drained. Tiltable light body enables light beam to be directed where needed. Comfortable and stable to wear; adjustable and ergonomic elastic headband. Ultralight: just 3.35 ounces with batteries. Operates with 3 AAA batteries (included).

Headlamp use Tips: Night vision, batteries, technical night running

Tip: If you forgot your headlamp and your are traveling at night do not look directly at an object for maximum visibility. The distribution of rods and cones favor night visibility at the periphery.

Tip: Carry an extra set of batteries. Most longer races require an extra set and it is especially important in extremely cold conditions.

Tip: Use a flashlight to provide better depth perception on technical night running sessions or ultra trail running races in conjunction with your headlamp.


Black Diamond Camo Spot Headlamp

Black Diamonds Camo Spot Headlamp features the excellent lighting of a 1-watt LED bulb with three SuperBright LEDs for times when you want to save power.

Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp

Do you ever leave your headlamp behind to save weight? With the 1.6oz Black Diamond Cosmo, youll never be caught in the dark again.

Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp

The Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp makes a great backup lighting source for day trips and a main light for backpacking trips when you dont need a big spotlight.

Black Diamond Icon Headlamp

The Black Diamond Icon Headlamp uses two different types of LED bulbs to give you ultra-bright lighting when you need it and to save battery power when you dont.

Black Diamond Ion Headlamp

Black Diamond created the Ion Headlamp for backpackers and climbers who want a just-in-case light source for all-day outings and anyone else who likes to pack light.

Black Diamond Moxie Headlamp

You cant hug the trees if you cant see them, so get the flower-powered Black Diamond Moxie Headlamp to light your way.

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

The Black Diamond Spot Headlamp is an excellent choice for those who need a bright light but cant afford to carry extra weight.

Black Diamond Wiz Headlamp

Black Diamond created the kid-specific Wiz Headlamp to give young campers and backpackers the features they need to get the most from the outdoors.

Brunton L3 3-Watt LED Headlamp

The Brunton L3 Headlamp features a 3-Watt Luxeon LED bulb that throws out an astonishing 207-foot beam of light, and an equally amazing 200-hour battery life.

Brunton RL4 Headlamp

Take the compact, lightweight Brunton RL4 Headlamp with you on your next camping trip. The RL4 has both white and red LED light modes. Red light lets you read maps and star charts without affecting ... more info.

Brunton RL6 LED Headlamp

Instead of packing the RL6 LED Headlamps four AA batteries into one case and creating an uncomfortable fit, Brunton used two rear compartments to distribute the load.

Coleman Exponent Mini Headlamp

At a mere 1.4oz, the Coleman Exponent Mini Headlamp weighs about as much as a handful of feathers. The only difference is that it puts out way more light.

Petzl Duo LED 5 Headlamp

The Petzl Duo LED 5 Headlamp combines an ultra-bright Halogen bulb and five LED bulbs to give you the option between long-distance lighting or energy savings.

Petzl Duobelt LED 14 Headlamp

The Petzl Duobelt LED 14 Headlamps belt-mounted battery case makes it a great choice for cold-weather use while the combination of one halogen and 14 LED bulbs provide top-notch lighting.

Petzl Duobelt LED 5 Headlamp

Are you tired of headlamp batteries dying because of cold weather? The time has come to upgrade to the Petzl Duobelt LED 5 Headlamp for versatile lighting in absolutely frigid temps.

Petzl e+LITE Emergency Headlamp

The Petzl e+LITE Emergency Headlamp can mean the difference between finding the car and sleeping on the side of the trail when your day hike runs a bit late.

Petzl Micro Headlamp - with standard bulb

Petzls Micro Headlamp provides simple hands-free lighting to hikers and backpackers who dont need all the bells and whistles of fancy models.

Petzl MYO 3 Headlamp

Petzl gave the MYO 3 noir Headlamp an ultra-bright Xenon halogen bulb to aid nighttime route finding on complicated terrain and three LED bulbs to save battery power for close-up work.

Petzl MYO XP Belt Headlamp

Youll appreciate the excellent cold-weather performance of the Petzl MYO XP Belt Headlamp the next time youre in the mountains for a freezing 2 a.m. alpine start.

Petzl MYO XP Headlamp

The Petzl MYO XP Headlamp uses one super-bright LED bulb with three lighting levels and boost mode for amazing versatility.

Petzl Myolite 3 Headlamp

Get a super-bright headlamp with the long life of LEDs in a lightweight package with the Petzl Myolite 3.

Petzl Myolite Headlamp

The Petzl Myolite Headlamp provides long-range lighting at a low weight.

Petzl Signal Safety Light Headlamp

The Petzl Signal Safety Light helps you stay visible whether youre riding a road bike, hiking with a group, or trying to signal a rescue.

Petzl TacTikka Plus Headlamp

The Petzl TacTikka Plus is a tactical version of the popular Tikka Plus Headlamp with a red lens that easily flips down over the LEDs for night vision.

Petzl TacTikka XP Adapt Headlamp

Remove the Petzl TacTikka XP Adapt Headlamps housing from its headband and mount it on your helmet, belt, or wherever you need to adapt to your situation.

Petzl Tactikka XP Headlamp

The Petzl Tactikka XP Headlamp packs a powerful LED light into a small package that comes in camouflage patterns ideal hunters, members of the Armed Forces, and anyone who likes camo.

Petzl Tikka Headlamp

As one of the originators of the LED revolution, the Petzl Tikka Headlamp remains a popular choice for backpackers, hikers, and climbers who want low weight and long-lasting light.

Petzl Tikka Plus Headlamp

The Petzl Tikka Plus Headlamp combines the lightweight and long-lasting power of the original Tikka with four LED bulbs and a dimming switch to give you more light or longer battery life.

Petzl Tikka XP Headlamp

Just when you think LED lights cant get any better, Petzl comes out with the Tikka XP Headlamp.

Petzl Tikkina Headlamp

The Petzl Tikkina is a simple LED headlamp for camping and hiking.

Petzl Zipka Headlamp

The Petzl Zipka Headlamp provides 120-hours of hands-free lighting, easily fits in a pocket, and should be with you on any trip in case your hike goes into overtime.

Petzl Zipka Plus Headlamp

Petzl made the Zipka Plus Headlamp to give backpackers, campers, and climbers an ultralight, ultra-compact hands-free lighting system with tons of versatility.

Princeton Tec Apex Pro Headlamp

If you need a headlamp that can handle your hardcore adventures, look no further than the Princeton Tec Apex Pro Headlamp.

Princeton Tec Corona Headlamp

Holy versatility, Batman! The Princeton Tec Corona Headlamp has eightcount em, EIGHTsuper bright white, shock-resistant, virtually unbreakable wide angle LEDs.

Princeton Tec Eos Headlamp

The Princeton Tec EOS Headlamps high intensity LED delivers massive mounts of light in a small package.

Princeton Tec Fuel Headlamp

The Princeton Tec Fuel Headlamp illuminates your world with three bright LEDs and weighs a mere 78 grams (including batteries).

Princeton Tec Pilot LED Light

The Princeton Tec Pilot LED is a perfect accessory for backpackers, hikers, or anybody else who could use a little extra light now and again.

Princeton Tec Quad Headlamp

When you need an ultralight headlamp that does it all, look to the Princeton Tec Quad Headlamp.

Princeton Tec Tactical EOS Headlamp

Put the red filter in the Princeton Tec Tactical EOS Headlamp when youre stargazing, switch to the green filter when consulting maps at night, and use the blue filter when youre tent-searching around ... more info.

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