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
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
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
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