If you are an adventurer and nature lover and you often go for hiking, trekking, high altitude mountaineering or any kind of backpacking you must know the importance of Headlamps. Once the sun goes down and darkness creeps in, the only thing that keeps you active and alive is a powerful headlamp. You might consider these important factors while buying the perfect headlamp for your next trip- Horsepower or simple the power output, Maximum light output or lumen and battery option. Based on these parameters and other attributes we have selected the best Headlamps among a number of them, for you.
Here we go:
This headlamp is currently considered one of the best headlamps by the users around the world. The best feature of the lamp which distinguishes itself from the others is the reactive lighting mode. In this mode, the lamp automatically detects the surrounding lights by an inbuilt sensor and adjusts its light output accordingly. Along with this, the long range light which is 110 m beam length makes the device the most famous among its users. Addition to this, it has a rechargeable battery as well as disposable battery option, Bluetooth connection, and connectivity to the MyPetzl light app from where everything can be controlled in the lamp. The band looks extremely classy and partially padded, washable and adjustable headband makes it extremely comfortable to wear for longer period of time. The only downside of the device is the inconsistent Bluetooth connectivity. Overall this is a gem.
Black Diamond Revolt
Though feature and performance wise the Petzl Reactik is one of the best available in the market, but it is highly expensive. So if one is looking for a headlamp in a decent price range and with more than average performance and feature, this is the one. The prominent feature of the lamp is its battery life. It is best in class. It can be charged through a micro-USB charger which can be charged via solar charger or car charger or power banks. So if you are looking for a long trip and there is a dearth of electric charge point, go for this one blindly. Another important feature of the lamp is it has got the highest water resistance rating among all the available lamps in the market. Talking about the downside, its beam length is very average.
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Petzl Nao Plus
This Petzl headlamp variant also possesses the reactive light feature which makes it a highly rated headlamp in the market. The beam length of the lamp is 140 m which is the highest beam length in this range till now, which makes the lamp more attractive. It can be connected through MyPetzl app from where the lamp settings, mode and output can be controlled. The lamp has a funky look and in spite having a heavyweight; it is quite comfortable to wear for a long trip. The only downside is the bad battery life for which we will put it behind Petzl Reactik+.
You will not get all the best features available in one single headlamp. At one point you have to make a trade-off depending on your need. Here, we have tried to give you all the pros and cons of the top three rated headlamps out in the market, so that you can choose the best hiking headlamp for you, wisely and prudently.