Three headlamps that’ll won’t leave you in the dark

Hands-free light for every activity.

person in dark with headlamp on
Look ma, no hands!Nick Fisher via Unsplash

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.

Black Diamond Storm

Black Diamond Storm

Spotlight for your noggin.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. It also 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.

BioLite 330

BioLite 330

Lightweight 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.

Zebralight H600w Mk IV

Zebralight H600w Mk IV

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. There are two straps on this headlamp, which keeps it ultra secure.