Light up the trail with one of these night-tested headlamps
Photo by Celin Serbo.
Whether running an all-night ultra, sneaking in a post-work jog during the long winter months or starting a race before dawn, trail runners inevitably run in the dark at some point. Here’s the dirt on seven light sources that run the gamut from lightweight speedsters to ultra-powerful models that turn night into day.
Petzl Nao: A smart lamp that reacts to ambient light and adjusts its beam automatically. Editor’s choice.
Black Diamond Sprinter: A headlamp so lightweight and balanced you almost forget you’re wearing it. Editor’s choice.
Olympia EX550: A powerful light ideal for route-finding.
Black Diamond Icon: A crazy-long battery life for ultra athletes who don’t stop.
Princeton Tec Sync: Lightweight, simple and super cheap, the Sync is the perfect lamp to stash in your pack, just in case.
Light & Motion SoLite 250EX: A headlamp that can also be configured as a bike light, helmet light or flashlight, for campers, explorers and nighttime triathletes.
GoMotion FUSION Backpack Light: If you find headlamps uncomfortable, this is the light source for you.