Everyone should own a headlamp. Hands-free lighting is convenient, versatile, and frees up both your hands for tasks. With a headlamp you can think of your regular flashlight as a backup: there’s no need to put it between your teeth to use both your hands, and you can use it for everything from power outages to working under the sink.
Here are a few of our favorite headlamps currently on the market.
Spotlight For Your Noggin
It comes with the four AAA batteries you’ll need to make it glow, which is definitely a plus, and a battery gauge on the side lets you know when your lamp is running out of juice. Amazon
This headlamp can handle anything that comes your way, from alpine skiing in the dead of winter to a walk around the block with the dog. It’s lightweight, powerful, and easy-to-use. It can withstand being submerged in water for an hour and a half and boasts a beam distance of 91 meters. The LED bulb emits up to 350 lumens in white, green, red, or blue light and has an optional strobe. It includes a latch on the side of the battery compartment that’s even easy to open with gloved hands.
Comes In Three Colors
For runners and athletes. Amazon
This headlamp has a unique design that separates the battery pack (which sits at the back of the head) from the front-facing light. This weight distribution helps it stay in place while you move, even on high-impact trail runs. It weighs just over 4 ounces, making it a great tool for ultralight hiking, while still putting out 330 lumens on the highest setting with a beam distance of 75 meters. It’s rechargeable via an included USB cable and can operate on high for roughly 40 hours. It too includes a battery gauge that lets you know if you’re at risk of losing light.
Two Straps Keep It Ultra-secure
Waterproof up to one meter of continual submersion so take it on the water with confidence. Amazon
The H600w Mark IV is the heaviest headlamp on this list, weighing in at 5 ounces, but it’s also the most robust. It packs a whopping 1,400 lumens of brightness, which is more than four times as bright as the other choices. Though it still lasts for up to three hours on high brightness, you may want to pack a second battery for those longer treks.