These handy lights strap-on across your forehead, meaning you won’t need to struggle to hold a flashlight, which is key for if you’re walking a few dogs or peeing in the woods. Savvy travelers know that they’re ideal for camping trips, long bike rides, or any adventure that lasts past sunset (even if the adventure is just finding something in your dark basement). The best headlamps illuminate brightly with long-lasting battery life. Here are a few favorites.
Adjust To Fit Your Noggin
It can provide up to nine hours of use. Amazon
Having three separate light bulbs on this heavy-duty headlamp means you can really choose the mode you need, from a focused beam to a wide, diffuse light to an emergency strobe. The light head swivels 90 degrees and shines in any direction. It’s waterproof and recharges quickly via USB.
Five Color Options
Pivots up to 45 degrees. Amazon
The Foxelli headlamp is lightweight and comfortable. At its maximum brightness of 165 lumens, you’ll be able to see up to 50 meters, though it also has other brightness modes, including a red light mode to avoid disturbing others. It’s waterproof up to a point (it can withstand splashing or spraying water, but don’t submerge it completely), and with batteries, weighs just 3.2 ounces, meaning it won’t weigh you down on a late-night run. Three AAA batteries come included and provide up to 45 hours of run time.
An Affordable Bright Spot
Basic, but quality. Amazon
This headlamp will give you up to 45 hours of runtime on the low-light setting. At three ounces, it’s comfortable to wear and great for runners and hikers. It’s weather- and shock-resistant, with a 45-degree pivoting head, and comes in a budget-friendly set of two. Keep one in your tool shed and one in your backpack, or bring a backup pair on your next hike to lend to a friend.