Monday, October 10, 2011

Headlamps for Trail Runners

I often get asked about what headlamp I prefer for trail running at night.  Last week alone I was asked twice via twitter what headlamps I use.  I've answered this in detail in TrailRunner Magazine as well (which I'll post at some later date).

My Favorite Headlamp For Everyday Use:

Black Diamond Sprinter.
  Lightweight, simple and provides a good light to run by.  Most importantly for weekly pre-dawn group runs and/or daily use.. it's rechargeable!
 
 
Light Type :  DoublePower LED
Lumens :  68
Max Distances :  50 m
Max Burn Time :  64 H
Weight Without Batteries :  100g / 3.5 oz


My Favorite Headlamp For Racing


Petzl Myo XP.  I won't trust a rechargeable battery during a race. This light also lasts 108hrs, has 3 levels of brightness and is super reliable.


Light Type :  Super Bright LED
Lumens :  150
Max Distances :   97 m (boost mode)
Max Burn Time :  108 H
Weight With Batteries :  176g / 6.2 oz

My Favorite Headlamp For Pacing

Petzl Ultra. This light is expensive, but it's amazingly powerful.  I won't race with this light because it's simply too heavy.  However for pacing it's only equivalent would be driving a car with the high beams on behind your runner.


Light Type :  New Generation Power LED
Lumens :  350
Max Distances :   59 m
Max Burn Time :  High 2hrs, Low 25hr
Weight With Batteries :  350g / 12.34oz

My Favorite Headlamp For Emergencies

Petzl e+LITE Emergency Headlamp. I have on many ocassions found myself out much later than I planned with no torch.  This can be dangerous, but mostly it's frustrating to move so slowly through the bush or down the trail when you know with even a little bit of light you could be cruising home to that hot shower, hot food, or hot girlfriend.  I've more than once said to myself "the e+LITE is one ounce, just f'ing take it every time you head out." 

Light Type :  LED
Lumens : 16
Max Distances :   19 m
Max Burn Time :  45hrs
Weight With Batteries :  28g / .987oz

5 comments:

solarweasel said...

I agree with your suggestions above -- particularly the Petzl Myo XP... what a great lamp.

However, I'll add a plug for the Fenix LD20 handheld flashlight (http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-LD20-180-Lumen-Flashlight/dp/B004CXNY3G). I'm quite clumsy with a single head-mounted light source, and have found the flashlight to offer much more depth allowing me to better spot roots/rocks and pick out course markings in the dark.

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Matt Hart said...

Thanks guys. I do want to add an addendum to this. I got my hands on a Spring 2013 headlamp from BD called the ReVolt. I charged in with my cigarette lighter USB adapter on the way to Colorado for Nolan's. It's super light and plenty bright, rechargeable, but also takes normal batteries - awesome ~ http://ow.ly/d7fjM

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Ross Taylor said...

I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this post. I am hoping that from all the samples of headlamp you like one which is best for your race.
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